2017-12-21 / Letters

Get the song’s author correct

To the editor:

This is in response to our opinion “Heroin arrives and thrives in Leelanau”

I was quite dismayed at the intro, quoting lyrics from John Lennons “Imagine” First of all it was inappropriate to use his lyrics to foolishly link them to the Heroin Crisis, when this song is about imagining a world that is a peaceful place where everyone can live in harmony. And to show how uninformed the author is about two of the most popular songs in history, you go on to attribute “Don’t worry. Be happy” to be written by Bob Marley, Wrong! “Don’t worry, Be happy” was written and recorded by Bobby McPheron.

You are to be commended for attempting to address the horrible impact that opiates are having on our community and our country. However using our beloved music out of context was not only inaccurate, it was downright insulting to those of us that regard “Imagine” as an anthem for all peace loving beings here on Mother Earth!

“You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us And all the world will be as one.”

In Peace,
Patrick Curley
E. Birch Point Rd.
Traverse City

Editor’s note: That was me. I “googled” up “Bob Marley” and “Don’t Worry” — because I wanted to make sure my too-quick assumption on deadline was correct — and Marley’s version came up. Should have looked further, or known better in the first place. In the editorial I did make apologies to the authors of both songs for dragging them into the heroin discussion. Still, those two songs come to my mind when thinking about my interaction with a recovering heroin user.

— Alan Campbell

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