The sleeve cover to John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" single.

Losing John Lennon, but keeping the music: Reflecting on some Lennon favorites

For a lot of music fans, Dec. 8 can be a dark day.

In 1980, it was the day that John Lennon was shot and killed. His loss is still felt today. What music did we lose out on? Would a reunion of The Beatles been in the cards? What humanitarian acts would he have undertaken? What about painting, drawing, other art?

What would he have done with his sons, Julian and Sean? What would he have thought of the rise of rap / hip-hop music? What would he have thought of music by his contemporaries that came out in the 1980s, ’90s, 2000s, etc.?

Last year, I wrote about Lennon’s death for the St. Cloud Times. I reflected on his loss and legacy. I talked about how John was gone, but that his music remains with us.

This year, I thought I’d look at my favorite Lennon solo works, as well as my favorites of his work with The Beatles. This vein will undoubtedly be more enjoyable in terms of revisiting the music, rather than rehashing the sad, tragic death.

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