Cee Lo Green and John Lennon

I just discovered, a week late, that apparently Cee Lo Green made a few people upset by altering the lyrics of John Lennon’s “Imagine” at a live show.  I like Cee Lo, and it might be an understatement that I’m a fan of John Lennon – let’s just say I’m wearing John Lennon eyeglasses at this very moment because when I was 15 I really wanted some because I loved John Lennon so much but couldn’t find any in the little town in Western Kentucky that I grew up in so I waited a decade until I was married and had expendable income and found some on the Internet*.  The point is, the really unfortunate thing about all of this is that the article that I read about the Cee Lo Green incident was full of words and phrases like “bollocks,” “tosh,” and “sod all.”  I’m wondering if there’s some kind of filter I can install in my web browser that prevents me from accidentally clicking on websites that end in .co.uk.

No, actually, the real point is this:  the author wisely observed that G.K. Chesterton is quoted far more than he is read these days.  Which means that people are picking out little witty things that G.K. Chesterton said and using them to sound smart, while his large corpus of serious writings are left without general scrutiny.  If I had three wishes granted to me by a genie, one of them would be to find myself in that very situation after I’m gone.

Also, from now on, * will indicate grammatical errors, run-on sentences, and words that I am not sure are actually words, which I will refuse to correct in my posts, partly because it feels adventurous, and partly because, let’s face it, there are three people reading this and one of them is my mother.

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6 thoughts on “Cee Lo Green and John Lennon”

  1. If I had three wishes granted to me by a genie, one of them would be to find myself in that very situation after I’m gone.

    Selling yourself kinda short , huh? Why not wish that your serious works are scrutinized*?

    *or maybe i should have said scrutinised.

  2. “The point is, the really unfortunate thing about all of this is that the article that I read about the Cee Lo Green incident was full of words and phrases like “bollocks,” “tosh,” and “sod all.” I’m wondering if there’s some kind of filter I can install in my web browser that prevents me from accidentally clicking on websites that end in .co.uk.”

    That’s the sort of casual racism that makes people feel awkward around you, Hatton. >:(

  3. Blech, who wants that? Then you have to be all truly clever and internally consistent and what-not. If I can be remembered as clever without actually doing the work, well, that’s the American Dream isn’t it?

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