It was a last minute addition, but it sums things up perfectly.
While researching possible poems or songs to perform at our wedding on Thursday, April 12th, 2012, I considered “Love”, a track from John Lennon’s “Plastic Ono Band” record. My bride-to-be seemed not entirely sold on it, so I dug a little deeper in the Lennon catalog and came up with “Oh My Love.”
The song was heard on John Lennon’s record “Imagine”, the follow-up to “Plastic Ono Band”. Best known for its hugely popular title track, the “Imagine” record found Lennon in a more serene, peaceful place than on the tumultuous “Plastic Ono Band”.
In retrospect, it’s interesting and bittersweet to consider “Oh My Love.” It’s hard not to be moved by the love he expresses in the song. Yes, Lennon referred to the record as “‘Working Class Hero’ with sugar for conservatives.” Yes, the subject of the song (Yoko Ono) might not be the most well-liked figure in musical history, but anyone who listens to the song can hear that he is clearly content and peaceful in a way that, at least if his music is any indication, he hadn’t been for years.
Of course, it would all be far too shortly lived. Four years after “Imagine”, years filled with much debauchery and excess, Lennon decided to take a break, focusing on raising his son, Sean. Then in 1980, he returned with “Double Fantasy.” And, tragically, he was murdered.
But decades later, his music continues to reach new audiences. Both as a driving force with the Beatles and as an acclaimed solo artist, Lennon wrote music that reached millions. He was one of the first musicians who inspired me, and it will be my honor to have his words play a role in the most important event of my life.