It's hard to believe that John Lennon has been dead for almost as long as he was alive. Dec. 8 will mark the 38th anniversary of his death. He was 40 at the time. I still remember that awful night. But today, we are celebrating John Lennon.

Every Oct. 9 I celebrate two important birthdays. John Lennon's and also my boyfriend Bobby's. Bobby is also a musician and has always felt a connection to John Lennon. We both grew up loving The Beatles, and still often reach for a Beatles cd when we're driving and listening to music. John is gone, but he has left us with so much great music and many memories.

I don't know if there really is a Rock and Roll Heaven, but if there is I'm pretty sure John is up there jamming with the best. Happy birthday, John Lennon. And many thank yous for changing my life and changing the world.