Oct 18 2010

Google and YouTube wished John Lennon a Happy Birthday

Posted by Knonie

This is October 2010. John Lennon was shot dead on 8 December 1980. If he were among us, he would be celebrating his 70th Birthday with us on 8th October…

But it still looks like if he’s among us. His message of Peace and Anti-War policies is still in the air.

This year, I’ve observed that his birthday was celebrated with more zeal, and due to this wonderful fast technology, we can get updated about all the events. YouTube shared a video message by Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono, and fans responded it with so many tribute videos and messages. YouTube also changed its Logo to mark this Birthday event.

Lennon-YouTubeIt had a pen-drawing and a Lennon’s caricature, the kind of drawings Lennon used to make.

Google celebrated Lennon’s Birthday with yet another unique style. This time, they used the Video Doodle. That was the first time Google used a Video Clip instead of image logo.

On visiting the Google page, the logo looks like the following image, with a red PLAY button:

Google_Lennon

After clicking the Play Button, a YouTube video starts playing there, featuring line drawing animations with some lines from Lennon’s song “Imagine” in the background.

Here’s the video clip featured inside the Google doodle:

“You May say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”

– John Lennon, “Imagine”


Buy and Download “Imagine” (2010 – Remaster)- MP3 version



Oct 8 2010

Give Peace a Chance: A small tribute to John Lennon on his 70th birthday

Posted by Knonie

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”

He never got tired raising his voice for Peace. He wanted everyone to live together as one, he wanted governments to stop imposing wars on other countries, for any reason, but he was shot…

He was the great John Lennon

He was a star being a member of The Beatles, and he became an even brighter star as a solo artist.

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

Below are few Peace and Revolution related graphics I designed, inspired obviously by Lennon’s work. [Click each image to enlarge]

This is Peace4 PiecesRevolution RocksRevolution Rocks

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

Just to let you know that we love you John, and your message of love & Peace will stay forever…

Happy 70th Birthday John…!!!

And Yoko Ono, We love you too… You’re so sweet…

Discover John Lennon’s stuff, Audio CDs and FREE preview songs, DVDs, Collectors items and so much more…


Mar 31 2010

Ricky Martin is… Umm… Not Straight…

Posted by Knonie

And there’s that hot news in Media where the Pop Star Ricky Martin says he’s Gay…

Well, after this news, many fans are not feeling much happy and comfortable, and I’m still unable to find the exact reason of their disapproval…

Elmo wearing Knonie's blue shades

Elmo wearing Knonie's blue shades

To me, if there’s some singer, and we like to enjoy his music, we should remain concerned with his music only. Personal life of any artist is separate from his Arts or Public Life. An opera singer can still sing in her high notes even if she’s been divorced twice. An architect can design fascinating buildings even if he cheats his wife. Michael Jackson kept entertaining the audience with his wonderful performances even when he was accused and humiliated quite a lot of times by press.

We must only be concerned about these personal things of others when:

  • Their Arts, or any kind of work, preach others and ask everyone to follow their personal life. If some singer is gay, it’s his personal life. But if he asks everyone to be gay, in his songs, then you have got a reason not to like him, if you’re not comfortable with this.
  • You have a very direct concern with that person, like if you are the wife of Tiger Woods, and you come to know that he has an affair with another girl. If you are just a Golf fan, then don’t worry if he’s dating another girl. He’s not marrying you anyway…

So, we are only concerned with the Public Life of the Artists and other figures. How they use their personal life is their own life and choice, so it’s always better not to peep into anyone’s bedroom…

“I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t.”

– Kurt Cobain

Mar 8 2010

Ali Azmat- Live in BEC, Rawalpindi

Posted by Knonie

I attended Ali Azmat’s concert, Live in Beaconhouse Educational Complex, Rawalpindi, on 28th Feb, 2010. Ali Azmat performed there, accompanied by Omran Shafique on Lead Guitar and Gumby on Drums. [I forgot the name of the Bassist]
As always, Ali Azmat is the best with his powerful vocals.

This time, the talented Guitarist Omran on lead played fantastically, and casted a spell with his unique style of playing, especially the fast picking notes that reminds me of Pulp Fiction theme.

Here’s a compilation of short clips I shot during that concert.

Here are some of the still photos I took, using my HTC Hero phone: