On October 9, 1940, John Lennon was born. Today would have been his 70th birthday.
To celebrate her late husband’s birthday, Yoko Ono has released this video (video is captioned, transcript below):
VIDEO: Yoko Ono stands in front of a wall covered with various memorabilia from her peace campaigns with John, and says: “Hi, this is Yoko. Today is John’s 70th birthday. I hope you’ll join me and the family of peace around the world to celebrate this very special day. Send in your own video tribute to YouTube and we will share in keeping his memory alive. Think Peace. Act peace. Spread peace and imagine peace. I love you.”
Today, Yoko will also be relighting her Image Peace Tower — the strong beam of light that she has dedicated to John with the message “my love for you is forever.” Underneath the tower, over 500,000 wishes for world peace are buried.
Today, Yoko is hoping for the world to tweet 1 million messages for world peace. If you are on Twitter, type “@IPTower” followed by your wish! (If you don’t have Twitter, you can also post your wish to Facebook, or send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Please tweet your wish for peace and spread the word to your followers! A million wishes will only be reached if we work together!
For his part, John’s old band mate and close friend Ringo Starr filmed his own birthday message:
VIDEO: Ringo Starr stands in front of a lush green lawn, flashes a peace sign and says: “Happy Birthday, John, peace and love. I loved you, and I miss you, peace and love, Happy — can you believe?! 70!”
Most years, it seems that only the most dedicated of Beatles fans remember and actively celebrate John’s birthday. To see so many people doing so this year feels strange and a little bit surreal. But I’m glad. And today, John’s birthday, is not a day to lament that he was unable to see his 70th birthday himself, but to celebrate his life.
So, here we go! Enjoy some Instant Karma!
VIDEO: John Lennon performs Instant Karma on a television set. He has very short hair, wears headphones, and plays an upright white piano while singing. Yoko sits on a stool near him and knits crochets while blindfolded. Instant Karma lyrics.
A very happy birthday to John Lennon … and to my mother, and Sean Lennon, too! Feel free to share your own birthday wishes in the comments.