Lennon tribute this Wednesday

By M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – There will be nothing to get hung about on Wednesday, unless you know it’s the 30th anniversary of the day John Lennon died.
Beatles and Lennon fan Bob Schwartz is putting together a remembrance, “Strawberry Fields in Tupelo,” at Lee County Library’s auditorium.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., fans are invited to listen to music by Lennon and his old band mates. Sing-alongs are planned, and people are invited to bring their guitars.
“There will be lyric sheets for people who don’t know the words,” Schwartz said.
The event will include light refreshments and strawberry punch. The gathering’s name comes from the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which is about a place where Lennon played as a child.
“I’m looking forward to people talking about their memories of the Beatles and their appreciation for the Beatles,” Schwartz said. “Their reach is really across generations. To me, that’s saying something.”
According to the lyrics of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.”
At “Strawberry Fields in Tupelo,” fans will offer a tribute to the real legacy of Lennon and the Beatles, and maybe there will be some sadness for what’s been lost.
“We’ll get together to celebrate his life and music, which deserves all of the celebration it can get,” Schwartz said. “We need that spirit today.”

The Lee County Library will host a celebration of his life and music.
Bring your memories
• What: “Strawberry Fields in Tupelo”
• When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: Lee County Library, Tupelo
• Tickets: Free
• Info: (662) 841-9013

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.