You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
John Lennon – Imagine
One of my first records was a Beatles album. I was a huge fan of John, Paul, and Ringo. I still have the audiophile boxed vinyl collection of the English versions of their albums. I didn’t know John was a graphic artist and a show of his work had been on tour for 26 years. The last show was at Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade November 18-20.
Walking through the small gallery I was amazed by the variety of his work. He had some colorful drawings that could have been in a children’s books and some x-rated pieces that had protesters up in arms when they were first shown. Many of his works had simple elegant brushwork like Chinese brush paintings hanging in my living room. I closed my eyes and imagined John’s beautiful works hanging in my home. In the background John’s music played. On the way out I met one of the show’s organizers Rich Horowitz. We had met before.
In the 1990’s Off The Record was my source of bootleg cd’s. There were a lot of bands that didn’t perform in San Diego and the cd’s were my way of listening to live shows. I didn’t ask Rich where the cd’s came from and Rich didn’t say. I would go to the El Cajon Blvd store at least once a month and take a look at the bootleg cd area to see what was new.
It was good to see Rich again. It was good seeing John Lennon’s artwork.