Bless your heart , Rev.Bobert , but as far a missing him I've very confirmed mixed feelings on this one.
For one I've always felt that with all of John & Yoko's artsy-fartsy pretenses of peace activism , through all of the heroin & alcohol-abuse, and after sitting in bed for a week in Toronto , it was *George Harrison* who actually *did* something concrete to set an example by putting together the "Concert for Bangela Desh* and then making sure the money got to where it belonged.
For another we *lost* what was the genuine talent of Lennon to that Yuppette Yoko long ago. The lionshare of his creative juices were mostly drained away by dividing time between being self-absorbed ( heroin & alcohol never helps ) and attending to Yoko's self-absorbtion all fueled by mega-millions that Yoko managed like a Medicci ( having already come from wealth hence her pretense at being an artist and the creation of "strawberry fields" being the *only* piece she will ever be remembered for as lomng as she lives to remind us of whom she was- Mrs.Lennon ).
Looking at the proof of the pudding in what that relationship and how it shaped what Lennon produced speaks for itself.
If I sound cynical then I'm merely paying homage by reflecting one of Mr Lennon's most famous traits and it was that unique brand of cynicism that was the source of his biting rapier wit and , when alloyed with the melody and harmony that MacCartney brought into the mix ( without which MacCartney's material can be downright smarmy and superficially commercial ), created what we all know them all for still.
Do I miss him then. Not really.
I do wish he wasn't shot down the way he as , but it's unavoidable that based on the path he was already on he ( and thus by calculated association Yoko ) became more famous dead than alive for the talent he was.
I'm reminded of the passage about " To those whom much is given, much is expected" alloyed with "and to those who have
and do nothing with it , even what they have will be taken ".
Vast wealth and success can be it's own curse in wasting a talented life away.
If there is a moral in the post-MacCartney Lennon legacy it's that I am now reminded of the line from "Shawshank Redemption"; "Get busy living or get busy dying" meaning get busy using one's creative gifts to their fullest before they're gone.
Although too many people seem to agree that "Imagine" is what he , sans MacCartney ,will be remembered most for I must give credit for what I've found to be his single most poigniant masterpeice that draws deep from his true roots; the folk song " A Working Class Hero is Something to Be". Nothing comes close to being a closest-to-the-bone self-portrait of the true Lennon .
To end on a more postiive note I'd wish Lennon peace with a gift of a body of work by his Beatle brother George Harrison:
"All Things Must Pass".
I'd take "My Sweet Lord" over "Imagine" any day of the week.
Thanks for the reminder , there , Rev. Bobert.