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Sunday, July 30, 2006


There comes a time in every blogger's life to give it a rest, and as you can see, that's what the last several days have held for me. The real world is shining and ringing, and the virtual world seems a little pale. I'm sure that will change eventually -- turn out the sun and bring in the clouds, that would do it -- but all of a sudden I'm taking it all in, rather than pouring anything out.

John Lennon's wisdom is weighing in on this night. "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." There's a line that originated elsewhere, but it doesn't matter where. "I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go 'round and 'round." Indeed.

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Long, Long time lurker to the site.
Keep up the great job and thank you for your Blog allowing me to stay in touch with my old home town.

"Watching the Wheels" Lyric is actually, again, from John Lennon and the Double Fantasy Album.

"People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry
I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go"

Posted by: PDXileinOmaha at July 30, 2006 06:04 AM

"Watching the Wheels" is the final third of John's great sleeping-in trilogy, which includes "I'm Only Sleeping" and "I'm So Tired."

The line about life and other plans is from "Beautiful Boy" on "Double Fantasy."

Posted by: dr gogol at July 30, 2006 08:22 AM

I just happened to stumble onto a video of "Imagine" last night I had never seen before, on the "Crooks and Liars" site, and I spent a good half-hour afterwards thinking about John Lennon - trying to analyze his greatest strength. The performance is brilliant - he plays an electric piano and there's a sax player in the band. And of course you can hear the greatness in the voice. But what struck me was the honesty - the way John could just pour it out. Everybody's supposed to sing with feeling, but some performers fake that their whole lives. John was in touch with himself and he could effortlessly put the most inner depths of his soul on display for the world. With everything else he had going, I think the feeling that you were hearing from the real him was his greatest gift.
As for blogging in these times, Jack, I can completely understand whatever time you need away. Nobody told me there'd be days like these.

Posted by: Bill McDonald at July 30, 2006 08:40 AM

Funny thing -- I was with some friends this morning, who hadn't read this post, but guess what they turned to on the Ipod setup over breakfast? Yep -- Lennon. "Watching the Wheels" was in there. I had to smile.

The last track on the playlist was "Imagine." The stack of newspapers on the coffee table told so many hard stories. Something about the final orchestral chord on that song was surprisingly sad.

Posted by: Jack Bog at July 30, 2006 11:01 AM

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