Still Shining ON

Posted: December 8, 2012 by rodneywatsonjr in Uncategorized

Still Shinning ON

I remember when I first heard the wisdom and soulful music for a better world by John Lennon, my first impression was wow this guy was a true visionary who dreamed of a better world for all. He was a dreamer who just wanted our world leaders to give Peace a chance. His imagination was and still is one of music’s greatest inspiration that the world still needs to hear even today. I was only 3 years old when he was taken away from the world of the living on December 8, 1980 but when I was about 7 years old I had my first powerful encounter with the genius of his life, music and message.

Growing up in the ghettos of Kansas City, his music was like a breath of fresh air that I was not used to at all and made me stop and imagine a better world than the one around me. When I first made my decision to go AWOL his music and message was in heavy rotation on my play list and YouTube videos of his interviews helped me through many storms. The first time I spoke here publicly before an audience here at First United I had his powerful song Imagine playing as my introduction before I spoke.

I wish he was still here because I know he would have my back in this situation I’m in against a Conservative Government that wants to break up my family just because my eyes were open during my one year deployment to Iraq. You can see in his eyes the same look of knowing the possibility of being attacked or killed just for his message of PEACE AND LOVE but he kept going towards his destiny.

On this day marking his death I wish I could tell his wife Yoko Ono how much he inspired me to be fearless as well with my message of PEACE. I went to a war zone not knowing if I would make it back for lies, so it only makes perfect sense to me that I risk my life and freedom now for the truth.

I salute you John Lennon and I truly believe that our energy never really disappears and his message is living proof. Rest in Peace to one of the greatest messengers of PEACE AND LOVE, may your life and message continue to shine on!!

~Rodney Watson Jr

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    I think John Lennon would so appreciate the way you are honouring his legacy of peace, Rodney. Congratulations on your wonderful blog. xo

  2. rodneywatsonjr says:

    Thank you Charlotte your kind comment put a smile on my face, Peace and Love!

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