By Jonathan Cott
Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and used to be acquaintances with him and Yoko Ono until eventually John's dying in 1980. He has saved involved with Yoko seeing that that point, and is without doubt one of the small workforce of writers who knows her profoundly optimistic impression on Lennon. This deeply own booklet recounts the process these friendships over the many years and offers an intimate examine of the main superb cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to claim and inform might be came upon nowhere else.
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94 Belief in the divinity of nature was easily transferred into doubts about the veracity of the afterlife, as can be seen from Kennedy’s collection of anecdotes about the composer’s latest articulated beliefs: [In his last years Elgar] expressed a wish that he should be buried at the confluence of Severn and Teme, without religious ceremony. He had for many years avoided going to church and while dying and still lucid he refused to see a priest, none other than the son of Gervase Elwes. He objected to the church’s “mumbo jumbo,” he said.
This is an interesting substitution, since it associates a hymn that celebrated Christ’s suffering (identified in the nineteenth century with the Ultramontanes) with the traditional Lacrymosa text. St. George’s modest commemoration to Elgar paled in comparison to the elaborate expressions of mourning offered to his memory at the Anglican Worcester Cathedral. Indeed, the Elgar Window presents only one facet of such memorials. ”98 The prayer intoned by Dean Moore-Ede at this occasion was conspicuously ecumenical: We give thee humble and hearty thanks that it pleased Thee to endow our fellow citizen Edward Elgar with that singular mastery of music, and the will to use it in Thy service, whereby he being dead yet speaketh: now filling our minds with visions of the mystery and beauty of Nature; now by the concert of sweet and solemn sounds telling our hearts secrets of life and death that lie too deep for words; now soaring with Angels and archangels and with all the company of Heaven in an ecstacy of praise; now holding us bowed with the broken and contrite heart before the throne of judgment.
He told me of post after post which would have been open to him but for the prejudice against his religion, of golden opportunities snatched from his grasp by inferior men of more acceptable views. 79 • 21 • Elgar I 6/13/07 4:51 PM Page 22 MEASURE OF A MAN: CATECHIZING ELGAR’S CATHOLIC AVATARS Again, the question here is not necessarily one of faith: in this period, Elgar complained to Burley that he had suffered because those in power around him identified him as Catholic, which was a negative public definition instead of the positive one Elgar strove to present to the world during this time.
Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Jonathan Cott