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Opinion: Bill Walton, Imagine Dancing

You may say I’m a dreamer . . .
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We were dancing last Saturday night at the Golden Age when Keith sang an old song that seemed to catch many dancers’ attention. Not that we dancers don’t listen to the music to get our steps somewhat in time with the rhythm, but we don’t always catch the words – or remember them.

Most of the dancers at the Golden Age dances and the Club 45 dinner dances are, well, older folk. We like the music of our youth, be it country, rock or even a little swing. Some still can do a samba, cha-cha-cha, and a few will even try what appears to be a geriatric lambada, but waltzes and foxtrots are the safest bet to fill the floor. We wouldn’t know what to do with a Rap song.

The song that Keith had in his repertoire that night was John Lennon’s Imagine. Lennon wrote and recorded the song in 1971 as a protest song during the Vietnam War. However the words hold meaning that has lasted over the years and that Saturday night they certainly hit a chord with me. It was the week of the terrorist attacks in Spain and the Nazi and fascist clashes with the Leftists in the States. Of course any news from around the world these days can relate to the words in Imagine.

I leave it to you to look up the lyrics or listen to a recording of the song. However, imagine if there were no countries – it isn’t hard to do – nothing to kill or die for . . . would we be worrying about North Korea and the States and their nuclear missiles? Would Trump be threatening Pakistan for their cozy relations with the Taliban? Would we even have a war on Terror?

No need for greed or hunger – well, John, you can see how that’s working out. On the other hand, maybe you cannot see that since you also wrote no heaven, no hell. I guess maybe you were a dreamer.

However, there is some good local news: we will be getting another Dog Barking Lot as soon as we can find a suitable location. Cat owners near one proposed location have threatened to go to the OMB. NIMBY again. The dog park is however, only for well-behaved dogs that listen to their master’s voice, play well with others, and share toys without growling. In addition, City Hall is getting new doors to improve access, security, and weatherproofing. I think that is all good news but without an information professional it falls to the communication amateurs to tell us what is going on behind those old doors. Whatever happened to that part of the job application for senior positions that said must be able to communicate with public?

Anyway, if you have 60 seconds to spare, look up Imagine on the web and give it a listen. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one . . .  Just saying.