John Lennon - Mind Games
Which Beatle had the best solo career has been up for debate for decades. If I was posed the famous island question and I could only bring records of one of them, I wouldn’t have to think long. My choice would be John Lennon. In his best moments, he was able to write songs that evoke a certain feeling in me that I can’t really find words for. They are comforting to me, a bit like a warm blanket. They appear hopeful despite an underlying sense of sadness or longing. The title track of “Mind Games” is one of those songs. The album was criticized by some as being too safe after the highly political (and some may say at times at bit weird) “Some Time in New York City”, but to me it sounds more like a genius going back to what he did better than anybody else. You can study the chord progressions he used, the song structures, his melody lines and so on (I’m not a music theorist), but there is a certain magic about Lennon that nobody could replicate. This kind of indescribable quality is one of the things that make music so great. Sometimes, you can’t explain it, you just feel it.
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