There isn’t much I can say about John Lennon that hasn’t been said already. From journalists and critics to fans and musicians, the music Lennon created and cultural character he embodied touched everyone with a pair of ears in one way or the other. If he wasn’t making people twist and shout to some tunes, he was shaking things up with witty remarks and candid viewpoints on matters outside of music. There are few things that baffle me to this day: how John and Paul managed to work together so well for so long and why anyone would end such a creative human being’s life?
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Lennon was gunned down outside of his apartment building in New York City. As painful as losing Lennon was, it’s even more painful to think about what he could’ve done in music (and the world at large) with the thirty years he lost. Needless to say, Lennon is still as influential today as he was 30 years ago and, in the words of “Instant Karma”, the music will always shine on.
Below you’ll find ten Lennon covers from ten artists spanning an assortment of genres, all neatly assembled into a free mix titled Lennon Lives: 30 Years Later. Sample the songs via stream below but if you’re going to download, please save IGIF’s server and snag ‘em all via the link below with a complete tracklist and artwork for your MP3 listening pleasure.
[MP3] Antony and The Johnsons – Imagine
[MP3] Cold War Kids – Well Well Well
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Jealous Guy (Live)
[MP3] Dave Matthews – In My Life (Live)
[MP3] Real Estate – Mind Games (feat. Bradford Cox) (Live)
[MP3] Britt Daniel – Isolation (Live)
[MP3] Phish – Instant Karma (Live)
[MP3] The Postal Service – Grow Old With Me
[MP3] Regina Spektor – Real Love (Live)
[MP3] The Flaming Lips – Nobody Told Me
Download Lennon Lives: 30 Years Later with tracklist and artwork: here.
I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? -John Lennon