As summer slides into fall, take a moment to think about John Lennon, killing time on the coast of Spain during the filming of How I Won the War. During this period, according to Bob Spitz,

John withdrew deeper into himself, smoking fistfuls of Spanish dope and languishing on the beach, shielded from stargazers by his war-torn acoustic guitar.

In this dreamlike state, says Lennon’s co-star and housemate Michael Crawford, “I heard him playing the same bar over and over until he got the right sequence.”

Imagine yourself there on the beach at sunset, having a glass of wine maybe as some weirdo strums a battered acoustic and sings “Living is easy with eyes closed/misunderstanding all you see.” Again and again and again.

When you think about it, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but yet somehow it resonates. Have I heard that somewhere before? Will I hear it somewhere again? Probably not. Back to the wine and the sunset.

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