Just Imagine…

Way back in the pre-internet dark ages I was an unwilling high school student. Most of the curriculum for “college track” students, a category which had been assigned to me without my knowledge or concurrence, was just utterly crappy.

The year was 1972. I had some sort of vague Civics class, or perhaps it was American History — it doesn’t matter what it was now, so many decades later.

The teacher was a woman in her forties, an age that seemed ancient to her students. Her name was Joyce. She may very well be in a nursing home, or dead, by now — I don’t know.

Joyce had an interest in the burgeoning counter-culture movement of those years; if she had been younger she would have been a hippie. One day, as I was dying of boredom in her class, Joyce announced “Class, I have a song I’d like you to hear! It’s by John Lennon!”

In retrospect, technology was so charmingly primitive back then! Joyce pulled a vinyl LP from its cardboard sleeve and gently laid it upon a mechanical turntable. She slowly dropped the needle into the groove of the track she wanted us to hear.

That was the first time I ever heard John Lennon singing his song “Imagine”. It’s an idealistic song, well suited for young people who haven’t become jaded, and haven’t yet been sucked into the dominant corporate/military paradigm.

I was heartened to hear a young singer cover this song four decades later.

So some of that sixties idealism still survives!


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3 comments on “Just Imagine…

  1. bev says:

    Nice. I remember when I first heard “Imagine”. I think we were all feeling like too many things were wrong with the world. I was actually thinking of this song the other day — I used to sing it and play it on my guitar quite often when asked to play for others. There is a sort of idealism about it — especially when you look around and realize just how messed up the world has become — like, exponentially messed up compared to how things were in 1972. Sometimes that gives me pause and makes me feel like a turtle that just wants to hide in its shell. However, what good is that. Better to find the good in places and people and do what you can to make the world a better place in spite of all the nasty crap going on around us.

  2. Taylor says:

    In comparison, Kate Davis’ version evokes a sadness. I was 11, when John Lennon released this song. I believed in the promise of a better future and I have been frustrated at every turn ever since. Like Bev said, the situation continues to be exponentially worse. Fortunately, the counter-culture is still alive in this corner of the world. No matter how bad the situation looks, I’m still a dreamer. Since I am thinking about my granddaughter’s future, my dream is more for her sake. Ha, I was a bored student myself but most teachers paid me no mind because they didn’t see my potential. I blossomed late during my higher education days. One exception was an art teacher who pestered my grandmother to encourage me to continue my education. A thoughtful essay Larry. A nice way to start my day.

  3. Larry Ayers says:

    Thanks so much for your well-written comment, Taylor! And of course I can always count on Bev to offer her views!

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