Unusual Intimacy from a Rock’n Roll Icon
This Friday, which would’ve been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, Arkansas PBS is airing a show about the album, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”. You have time to listen to it before the show, either again or for the first time, and experience the most intimate record John EVER recorded. If you’ve wondered why John fell so hard for Yoko... there are some answers in the songs on this album. During the show Friday night, please come back here and follow my live blogging. Cheers! I’ll be reminding you about the TV special everyday on my afternoon radio show on Arkansas Rocks...
Tom has been a radio programmer and announcer in Little Rock for 40 years and currently can be heard on the Arkansas Rocks Radio Network, with affiliates in 7 Arkansas cities. He and his wife live in North Little Rock.
This Friday, when Arkansas PBS airs the “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” special to celebrate his 80th birthday and Arkansas PBS Music Month, you’ll hear a singing voice from John that’s very different. This is not the “Twist and Shout” John... or even the more quiet “In My Life” John.
Except for a couple songs, the vocal never gets above a conversational tone.
On the couple songs when he does do some louder singing his recent “Primal Scream Therapy” sessions had created such raw emotions that he actually took Ringo aside before they started recording and said, “No matter what I do - keep playing.”
Don’t miss it Friday night on Arkansas PBS.
I’ve heard many interviews with artists, politicians, sports figures, and regular folks like us and “What do you want your legacy to be?” is a common question.
On the 80th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth today it seems to me that every fan’s impression of him is unique. Social media posts are everywhere, I’m playing lots of his music on Arkansas Rocks today, and Arkansas PBS has 2 fascinating documentaries on tonight.
I plan to let it take me wherever it will. See you back here at 8pm.
A couple of the folks on tonight’s program have called John’s singing “exposed” and “intimate”. True, but I’ve always thought his voice on this album, more than any other, is what it would’ve been like to have a relaxed conversation with him.
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Both Paul McCartney and John Lennon were only teenagers when they lost their mothers. Of course, it affected them, but in very different ways. Listen to the vocal screaming in “Mother” from John... and then listen to Paul in “Let It Be” (his song to his mother)... “Mother Mary comes to me.”
John - betrayal
Paul - comfort
“Me and Yoko living life moment to moment”... a quote from tonight’s show with John Lennon. How different must it have felt after Beatlemania?
The result of that decompression, his love for a Yoko, and the Primal Scream Therapy is the beauty of “Plastic Ono Band”.
Watch tonight’s full evening of John Lennon programs on Arkansas PBS here:
Use that link to watch John Lennon programs all night at Arkansas PBS. Wonderful way to celebrate his 80th birthday.
The program that starts next at 9 about his NYC life will show you the unexplainable depth of his love for a Yoko.📺:: AR PBS-1
Fascinating look at the culture when “Plastic Ono Band” came out regarding language.
John’s use of an obscenity twice in the song “Working Class Hero” was natural and conversational for John and yet the label almost freaked when they heard it and refused to print the full lyric.
Today... no holds barred.
📺:: AR PBS-1
Ringo’s calmness is inspiring and comforting.
The only Beatles songs I can think of that match John’s intimate vocal style on “Plastic Ono Band” are: Julia, Across the Universe, and You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
At the end of the song “God” on this album, when he sings “I just believe in me... Yoko and me... that’s reality”... That’s the absolute truth of the last 10 years of his life.
Thanks for spending the evening with me.
“John Lennon in NYC” is next on Arkansas PBS
📺:: AR PBS-1