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Happy Birthday John Lennon

October 8th, 2010 · 10 Comments

It is not often that I divert from all things culinary and food on the CCR blog. But I ran across this on Google today, and thought it fitting to share with you this video tribute to John Lennon, in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday.

While the direct subject of this post may not be food or culinary related, there is something about food and music that do seem to go together.

In the many years that I worked on the hot, humid, steamy lines of restaurants, on many occasions the chef or someone would have a boom box or radio tuned into a local rock station, in fact I can remember listening to one of the original Live Aid radio broadcasts from the 1980’s during one Saturday night service in particular.

The background music always provided a tempo from which to slam out hot plates of food for waiting customers. For example, the staccato of the drum, guitar, and bass beats blaring from the radio with The Cars, “Let the Good Times Roll” helped to get several dinner plates out in quick like fashion. I am sure the song did not matter, as long as it helped pass the time in the same rhythmic fashion that any good line cook worth their salt would kick out in a dinner shift.

And the list goes on of how many state fairs serve food and music in harmony, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival held every spring in the Crescent City is just as much about music as it is about food, and the arts.

Happy Birthday John Lennon, and may the peace of the world be with you forever!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beth // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Very nice, thank you!!
    Happy Birthday John Lennon!

  • 2 roslyn217 // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I saw the logo when I was doing the search, but didn’t know about this.
    Godspeed John. We still miss you!

  • 3 Cajun Chef Ryan // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    You are welcome, thank you!

    Indeed, he has been and will continue to be missed, but his legend lives on!

    Currently I am watching several videos from the Live Aid 1985 concert at:

  • 4 pegasuslegend // Oct 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    just amazing how time flys!~

  • 5 Boudreaux Ryan // Oct 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Claudia, you are so right, and I remember the day John Lennon died, he was just 40 years old then.

  • 6 Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog // Oct 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    He was and is a legend!



  • 7 Drick // Oct 9, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I think many of us cook to music – I know many times am shaking a pan, whisking a bowl or pounding meat to the thunks of drums and plunks of bass…

  • 8 Magic of Spice // Oct 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Very nice tribute…I completely agree about food and music. There were a few studies done several years back that focused on appetite and how music effects this 🙂

  • 9 redkathy // Oct 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I remember where I was the moment I heard of his passing!

    In addition to the rhythm assisting in the kitchen, having produced a number of local concerts I can tell you first hand music and food go together. There isn’t a band/musician I ever met who didn’t ask for a specific meal either before or after performing!

  • 10 Nancy/SpicieFoodie // Oct 13, 2010 at 9:38 am

    This is a beautiful post, so well said. I love music while preparing or eating food. I even like to listen to my iPod when I’m shopping. Grocery stores always play music too. So I think they were meant to be together 🙂