Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Only John Lennon's piano can save us now

Martin Luther King's supreme sacrifice in the name of equality is set to be trivialised by a cheap stunt: the piano on which John Lennon wrote twee anthem Imagine is to be photographed on the site of King's murder.

Apparently the idea is to promote John Lennon albums ("promote peace") and is being done without the intention of pissing all over King's legacy and trampling his memory.

If the idea sounds a little drug-addled, you have to remember the idea and the piano belong to George Michael:

"The selection of this site evokes a deep sense of emotion for everyone," George Michael said.

"Capturing the image of this special piano on which a song of peace was composed is part of the heartbeat of this project."

It all gives off the same feeling that you get when you see parents getting their kids to stand next to war memorials (or that firefighters' bronze by the World Trade Center site) with big grins on their faces for happy holiday snaps. Trust Michael to raise this failure to understand the significance of place to a whole new level.


Anonymous said...

Wow. Just when you think that people have run out of empty, muddle-headed, point missing gestures, along comes another one. I'm struggling to think of any way in which this is remotely appropriate. It's kind of like the memorial service following the Oklahoma city bombing, when some dimbo thought it would be great if all those people who lost a child carried a teddy bear.

Anonymous said...

He must have been smashed out of his beardy brain when he came up with this one, to be sure.
Anyway, surely a "twee anthem" would have to be something by Confetti?

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Damian - Confetti are Twee, with a capital T. Lennon is merely twee, in its strict dictionary sense.

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