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New York honors Lennon 40 years after his death: “We’re still angry”

New York, Dec 8 (EFE) .- The murder of John Lennon at the doors of his residence in New York four decades ago is something that the citizens of the Big Apple cannot forget and hundreds of them have demonstrated this Tuesday by going to sing and dance around the Central Park “Imagine” mosaic honoring the musician. “It’s a way for people to get rid of their frustration, because there are still people who are very angry,” Dave Muñiz, a Beatles fan who, in recent years, has become in charge of keeping a list, tells EFE. of singers who pay homage to Lennon on the anniversary of his death, with which a certain order is maintained on such a marked day. In front of about 100 people who sing and dance to the rhythm of Beatles songs like “Dear Prudence” or Lennon anthems like “New York City”, Muñiz, who is also dedicated to the song, explains that in the United States he was considered the of Liverpool as part of the monarchy. THE ROYALTY OF THE USA “John Lennon chose the USA to live, but he could have chosen anywhere in the world. So he was like our royalty. Just like Yoko Ono”, assures the singer. “We do not have a monarchy, because we do not consider Hollywood people as royalty either. But Lennon was not that. He was a philosopher, a thinker, a songwriter. Imagine – he adds – the things he would have said now with all that is happening, and all that their opinions would contribute. ” On the mosaic of “Imagine” from “Strawberry Fields”, as the area of ​​Central Park near Lennon’s residence in New York where the Briton frequently walked was baptized, fans have left flowers, candles, symbols of peace, magazines with Lennon’s face on it, and photos of the former Beatle, both from his early days with his band and from his last years of solo career. THE COLD AND THE CORONAVIRUS FOG THE CELEBRATIONS Although it is a special anniversary, the 3 degrees below zero of thermal sensation that were experienced in New York this Tuesday and the coronavirus pandemic have led to the number of people who came to celebrate the life of the musician and pacifist was much smaller than normal. “Normally there are about 2,000 more people here than there are right now, but the cold is making people not come,” says Muñiz a few meters from where Lennon was shot dead one cold December night when he returned, accompanied by his inseparable Yoko, from a recording studio. Each of the musicians who come with their guitar to pay homage to Lennon, most of them unknown, sing what they want, but the three songs that sound the most, he points out, are “Imagine”, “Let it Be” and “Here Comes the Sun “. “Even so, the main message that you hear is ‘Give Peace a Chance’ (Give peace a chance), you can’t expect it to say otherwise. It’s a little piece of paradise in Central Park,” he adds. On other occasions, leading figures of music have come to “Strawberry Fields” to pay tribute to the former Beatle, such as Al Jardine, one of the founding members of the band “The Beach Boys”, who sang there on October 9, 2015 , when he would have turned 75. Muñiz, who has spent years singing to Lennon in the New York park, claims to have also seen musicians like Rod Stewart or Simon Le Bon, the singer of the band Duran Duran there. This Tuesday no big stars have appeared, but the faithful musicians who sing to him daily, such as Sean Yox, Mike Porter, Dave Muñiz or James Dalton, were still at the foot of the canyon. THE BEATLES AS A RELIGION Maria Martini of Brooklyn, who has flocked to Central Park for the past 40 years to celebrate both the birth and death of Lennon, did not fail either. “I have been a huge fan of the Beatles since I was a child, when my older sisters brought their music home. (…) Their music is inspiring, it is emotional, it transmits happiness but also sadness, but it is part of my life It is like a religion for me, “he tells Efe Martini, who observes the improvised concerts on one of the nearby benches. “Sometimes I know more about the music of the Beatles than the Bible. Music is what inspires me to get up every day and go to work, and fill my life with freedom, love and light,” he adds. Yoko Ono, 87, who already depends on a wheelchair to get around, has not gone down to Central Park, but has expressed her pain on social media. “The death of a loved one is an experience that leaves you empty. After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him,” Ono said on Twitter in reference to Lennon’s two children about a text that states that More than 1.4 million people have died as a result of gunshot wounds in the United States since December 8, 1980. (c) Agencia EFE

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