Our respect for John Lennon is on record . . . .
John Lennon has been on our minds a great deal in recent days . . . .
Perhaps it's because, in a little over two weeks from now, we'll be heading to New York City, a place that, for reasons both good and bad, will forever be associated with the inspirational Englishman.
Or perhaps it's because his defining work, his greatest musical achievement, keeps playing on the radio at OM HQ.
The song in question is Imagine, a masterpiece that encapsulates all that we're about here in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.
Think about it for a moment - a world that knows no boundaries, geographic or religious, a place without the traditional lines that divide us and cause the greatest discord. Someplace that didn't put such importance on possessions. In Lennon's words 'Nothing to kill or die for . . . no need for greed, or hunger . . . a brotherhood of man'.
These are the things that drove John Lennon and his Peace Movement, summed up so beautifully in this simple song that he wrote one morning in 1971, sitting at the piano in his bedroom at Tittenhurst Park, his home in England.
These are the things that drive us and our OM Movement now, in 2012, in our modest studio here in Saunderstown, in the United States.
Such things transcend boundaries of time and geography, that is the point, that it remains as relevant here and now as it did there and then. That's its power and that's its purpose and it's something that's at the heart of what we're trying to do.
'It's [just] what John believed,' said Yoko Ono, his wife, almost three decades after Lennon penned Imagine. 'That we are all one country, one world, one people. He wanted to get that message out.'
So too do we, for we share that belief. It's what our slogan - we are all connected - is all about, after all. Our methods might be different, but there's no question that we're on the same page here. Perhaps that's the reason that Imagine means so much to us and why John Lennon has been on our minds.
We'll use his words to close this post, for he articulates it so much better than ever we could . . . .
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world.
From one dreamer to another . . . .