Ageless marmalade skies


Yesterday was John Lennon’s birthday. He would have been 75, which seems impossible because both he and The Beatles feel ageless. The scent of new releases all on vinyl, is imprinted not only throughout my life experiences, but tinctured in olfactory memory. The power of youth and growing older, would be impossible to paint without his lyrics, politics and passions.

Having been of age to be drafted, his efforts along with others, helped end the senseless war in Vietnam. He helped save me and gave anthems to march, to walk and to make love; not war.

I asked a server over coffee today, if Lennon was relevant to her. Sadly and unpredictably, the 20 something said no. I had heard of many people several years younger, who think he and The Beatles are as important today, if not more.

I hope this is true.

Lennon with partners, illustrated my youth and who I am today. He will always be Mr. Kite, Marmalade Skies and Revolution.


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Barry Comer

I volunteer as a design and communications consultant with Family Scholar House in Louisville, Kentucky, the Democratic Socialists of America and teach children with emotional and developmental disabilities.

I have degrees in art and was an art director for 30 years.


  1. 75? Can’t be. He’s still, like, 24.
    30, tops. Right? Somewhere? In some other membrane of time?

    Not sure about how people “see” them now, when their music floats all around us – unattached and unidentifiable. Maybe there are [young] people who adore it but don’t know who made it? Also, the frame of reference is skewed now. I remember the draft lottery and what that war did to people, loved ones and otherwise. Hearing the music of the time in that time probably makes a difference.
    Still, we routinely study the music of Beethoven, et al., out of its historical context and that’s OK. Great music can take the hit. As far as I’m concerned, many of the Beatles’ works can, too. Great is great. It may go out of style but it’s always there.

    “Great” isn’t the best word. I’d hang around here until I find a better one. But my mind is suddenly full of the 60’s. The music’s taken over.
    Thank you for posting this.
    And thank you for posting that beautiful image. It’s singing.


  2. I was less than 1 when he died. My Dad brought me up listening to their music. I sing in a band who are influenced by The Beatles now. They really are ageless. Plus I know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall, and that’s valuable information.


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