Lennon says, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." Correct me if I'm wrong here, but that would be good, right?
Stevens goes even further with his emotions, saying, "Why must we go on hating/Why can't we live in bliss?" Living in bliss ... hmmm. I could see where that would be a problem.
Now, some may say I'm a dreamer (to steal another line from Lennon), but I can't be the only one who finds solace in these beautifully crafted works of art -- I would even say music is a form of healing.
Apparently, however, some other folks don't think so -- Clear Channel Communications for one.
And it's not just these songs but other "shocking" hits like Chapel Hill's own rebel James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," The Bangles' "Walk like an Egyptian," Elton John's "Benny and the Jets" and a slew of other conspirators.
After the attacks two weeks ago, the media industry has re-examined its materials -- and in a sense begun a form of unimposed protective censorship.
Movie premieres depicting war have been postponed, media attacks on President Bush have ceased, and some songs have been deemed inappropriate for the airways.
Leading the way is Clear Channel Communications, owner of 1,200 stations nationwide and regarded as one of the most ruthless competitors in the nationwide radio market. The company owns stations in 247 of the nation's 250 largest radio markets, including Raleigh's own WDCG-FM 105.1, WRDU-FM 106.1 and WTRG-FM 100.7.
Last week Clear Channel compiled a list of songs that it feels might be offensive and recommended its stations not play them -- not a "ban" per se, but it sure seems like a ban.