8 December 1980:
This day tops VH1 Classic's list of the most shocking moments in rock and roll history; the day Mark Chapman murdered John Lennon.
So now, if I may, I'd like to pay a small tribute to the man who was so inspirational to so many people. I'd like to start off with the influence that John Lennon, though we were never alive at the same time, had on me. Lennon's ideas about the world and its inhabitants are some of the most fascinating views I've ever read. They emanate through his poignant lyrics every time I listen, and touch my soul. Sometimes I just don't understand why people can't really listen to what he had to say. Sure, people "listen" to his music and his ideas, but I think if people really took the time to truly listen to his music, the world would be in a much better place. Take these two quotes for example: "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality", and "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." Think about it for a minute. Really stop and think about the impact we could have as a nation/world if we adhered to these prolific words. I earnestly wish that everyone could just understand what John Lennon tried to tell people.