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Back ahead
An echoe
Of rhythms
From behind
That mattered

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Aging… Um…. Maturing. Still wondering what I’ll be when I grow up.

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  • banrai
    banraiover 2 years ago

    just “imagine his spirit” in the next life… it isn’t hard to do…

  • Thanks Banrai… But in this life… I wonder if still alive, would John be touring? Would he be retired? Recording but not touring? I wonder if his career had ended before his death? Hmmmmm…. Which is a question that played on my mind as this image sprang to life. How much was behind the character in the Sgt. Pepper uniform?

    – Ted Byrne

  • Gordon  Beck
    Gordon Beckover 2 years ago

    Very cool, Ted. Looks like he’s very committed to the mission.

  • Thank you Gordon. What I wondered as this idea and feeling emerged was whether everything was already behind this guy in the Sgt. Pepper uniform when he died? Would his muses do more than peep around that mythical character? Would he continue to create? Hmmm…..

    – Ted Byrne

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 2 years ago

    Aww, this is just great Ted, lovely tribute to a great artist from another great artist !! love, anna

  • Thanks Anna. Actually this image reflects a question about Lennon. Was there more to come for the character in the Sgt. Pepper uniform? Or was his career effectively dead before he died? Would he still tour? Would those demons and muses behind him… re-emerge and replace John-The-Beatle? Or was that nostalgic legendary character a block to any future contribution? As I wondered… this image slowly appeared on my monitor… Hmmmm….

    – Ted Byrne

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Very cool Ted.

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  • Thanks a lot. Actually this image is a question… or a questioning feeling. As I’ve wondered in the replies above… Was the enormous fame of that Sgt. Pepper character effectively the death of Lennon’s ability to contribute and move forward? Or did it create a stick character stopping the progress of past creatives that peeked around it from Lennon’s history? No doubt John Hinkley’s bullets ended his life, but… but… was there life left in his career by then? Or did the larger-than-life legend have more to contribute? Was this caricature in the blue glasses all that was left of the character of the creative Lennon? Hmmm….. And as i wondered… this image sprang to life…

    – Ted Byrne

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    I know what you mean Ted.. No doubt Beatles or Lennon fans may round on you like a pack of hungry wolves to even dare suggest this. Would he still carry the clout that McArtney does ??
    Would he even be still performing…his son dabbled a bit but has long been gone from the “top of the pops”.

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 2 years ago

    I like to think he would still be creating … xoxxo

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinover 2 years ago


  • Somewhere this guy still lurks… In the memory storage banks of bazillions of fans. And among the things he makes me wonder… Was his contribution cut short by Hinkle’s bullets? Or was he, like the rest of that Beatle ensemble, essentially through? Did he stop like this wooden statue.. or were there muses left peering from behind for the opportunity to do more? Hmmmmm… Thanks for the support.

    – Ted Byrne

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Thank you Francis… I’m kinda partial to the feelings this wooden guy evoked in me as he appeared throughout the green murk and shadows. You are totally encouraging. I appreciate it a ton!

    – Ted Byrne

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

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  • There is something to me that is quite wooden in the musical canon of the Beatles. As it moves from nostalgia to history… I’m thinking that it peers back at me through the now collecting mist of age as less deep, less haunting, less, er… “Groovy, Dude!”. It’s as if yesterday’s meaning is peeping around some aging, wrinkled, primary-painted, LEGEND that’s lost its playfulness and emotion. Thanks for calling attention to this image Deborah… It’s a statement that would be nice to inspire response.

    – Ted Byrne

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    I would like to think he would still be recording and touring…. Love the vibrancy in thisTed, reminds me of the little drummer boy….. :o)x

  • And perhaps he might be inspiring us with his feelings? Thanks Josie.

    – Ted Byrne

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