Monday, October 11, 2010

John Lennon's 7Oth Birthday Celebration

John Lennon's 70th Birthday was celebrated at The Society of Ethical Culture with the help of bands: The Quarrymen, Glen Burtnik, Tom Chapin, Marshall Crenshaw, Mark Hudson, Garland Jeffreys, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, The Rivertown Kids, Blueberry Acres, Earl Slick, Sonya Kitchell, Neil Innes, and Never Shout Never playing John Lennon's contagious beats. Waiting outside of 2 W 64st, I looked upon a familiar face- Christofer Drew of Never Shout Never. After disappointingly telling him that my friends and I weren't attending the concert, he replied approvingly "it's okay I'm only going to play one song." It's unbelievable how Christofer Drew has skyrocketed from Joplin to the transcendence of sold out tours.    

With a genial smile, Chris came to join us after the concert. After two hours of singing, talking, laughing, contemplating and gazing the stars we were shocked to see Chris joined our brigade. He is such a genuine person and that not only intrigues me as an artist but as a friend. Humble but ambitious is what I stride for on a daily basis and it's refreshing to see that characteristic in him as well. The free spirited Chris even sang Across the Universe to his fans. With his alluring voice, New York City's honking traffic went on mute. The moment was surreal, beautiful, and rather indescribable through artificial words. It's difficult however to comprehend that all good things come to an end sooner or later.
Politely excusing himself to meet a buddy, he smoothly drifted off in the night of peace and harmony. At that moment there was not a single doubtful thought in my head that Chris wouldn't evolve through the artistry of music and teach some much needed lessons to this overbearing materialist world. I'm looking forward for that journey into harmony.

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