This photograph was taken in May the morning after I saw Joan Baez play The Beacon Theatre in New York. I was in New York for less than thirty-six hours and on that whirlwind trip, time stood still for a moment when I came together with dreamers from around the world at Strawberry Fields in New York on a day in my life where sunshine flooded the streets and love warmed my heart. As I stood there on that spring day singing along to buskers playing A Day In The Life, I was embraced by a kaleidoscope of love and gratitude for John and his beautifully raw and honest music that embodies love and peace and the bittersweet truth of life. I sang, and I cried and I laughed when it dawned on me that this place - Strawberry Fields, was not here in New York or back in Liverpool, but in every heart that there is love and in every soul that there is music. Thank you, John, for bearing your heart and soul to us and taking us down to Strawberry Fields, where you opened our eyes to the beautiful, surreal and dreamlike essence at the core of our beings. You embolden me to celebrate that I am a dreamer wholeheartedly, and wear my heart and soul on my sleeve and for that I am forever grateful. Today and every day, on behalf of myself and all my fellow dreamers; we all shine on and we love you John - your legacy lives on forever in the songs that live on in our hearts.💗💐🎶
Hello! I’ve mentioned it a bit, but I am writing a story about a fictional 60s band and would love questions that would help me develop them if anyone is interested. I won’t give away the plot yet, but you’ll see. In the top picture, left to right are James, Ricky, Jeremy, and Simon. (No band name yet)
James Chapman is sort of the heart-throb out of all of them, and very talented on guitar, usually doing lead guitar and is often a lead vocalist.
Ricky Greene is my least developed, but plays percussion and is the most charismatic and outgoing of all of them.
Jeremy Lane-Patel is an exceptional multi-instrumentalist but is incredibly shy and awkward, and is terribly stiff when put on the spot.
Simon Morris is the main vocalist, and plays guitar and bass. (Usually bass to accompany James) He’s moody, and often impulsive. He’d die for any of his bandmates but wouldn’t tell them so.
There’s technically a fifth, but we’ll get to him.
Paddy, Klaus and Gibson (Paddy Chambers, Gibson Kemp and Klaus Voormann) with their manager, Brian Epstein, at Granada Television Studios, Manchester, circa August 1965.
“Paddy is intelligent, interesting and slightly introspective. Klaus is clever, artistic and a dream. Gibson is charming, amusing and nice. […] They make a solid, fat, instrumental sound above which Paddy’s slightly-plaintive voice wails away. The best bit for me is where Klaus and Gibson join it all for a few bars with a high-pitched harmony.”