Monday, May 7, 2007

Lennon piano to stop in Olympia

May 7, 2007 ~ The Olympian ~ Olympia, WA
Front page: SOUTH SOUND
Lennon's piano in town

As part of a peace project, John Lennon's piano is being photographed at scenes of violence, including the home of an Olympia teen after an assault based on his sexual orientation
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Lennon piano to stop in Olympia
Project promotes peace, nonviolence

OLYMPIA — John Lennon’s piano will come as part of an art project to the Olympia home where a 17-year-old victim of a hate crime killed himself.

Lennon’s piano is being photographed at the locations of deaths that resulted from violence, including the former Memphis motel where Martin Luther King Jr., was killed, which is now the National Civil Rights Museum; Ford’s Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was shot; and a memorial in Oklahoma City for the victims of the bombing by Timothy McVeigh.

A book and a documentary about the project will be produced, with plans to donate proceeds to charity.

The piano, on which Lennon composed the song “Imagine,” will be brought Tuesday to the Olympia home of the parents of Bill Clayton, who committed suicide in 1995 a month after being assaulted because he was bisexual.

Read the article: Lennon piano to stop in Olympia
by Venice Buhain ~ May 7, 2007 ~ The Olympian ~ Olympia, WA

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They asked if I'd sing so I performed "Will It Always Be Like This," the song about Gabi Clayton. And I sang "Imagine." It led me to sing songs from my ever-upcoming folk peace cantata ("Holy Dirt," "My Thanksgiving Prayer," "Lazarus Come Out," "Cool By Default," "The Faces In The Music") and "Connected" (from The Last Session).

We talked about religion and politics and spirituality and peacemaking. Our new friends were smart and articulate, and both had great hearts. As I sang and we all talked, I couldn't help but think about the upcoming event in Gabi's house, wondering how it would all work -- and what I'd play if I could just stop time at that event and play all day and night.
Read: Dogs & Pianos & Peace.
by Steve Schalchlin ~ May 7, 2007 ~ Living in the Bonus Round

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The Piano on Which John Lennon Composed the Song 'Imagine' Being Photographed at the Home of a Hate Crime Victim in Olympia, Washington
Posted : Mon, 07 May 2007 11:04:01 GMT
Author : Goss Gallery
OLYMPIA, Washington, May 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Read: - The Piano Peace Tour Continues on Its Mission

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The Piano on Which John Lennon Composed the Song 'Imagine' Being Photographed at the Home of a Hate Crime Victim in Olympia, Washington

Mon, 07 May 2007
OLYMPIA, Washington, May 7 /PRNewswire/

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