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“His Name Was John” – the choral performance

Lee Fanning Hall wrote the most amazing poem as she grieved for John Lennon on that horribly cold December night in 1980. That night she took pen to paper and scored her feelings to the page and composed a brilliant heart wrenching poem about John Lennon. Many years later the poem was scored for a rock song by Grammy winner musician Mark Hudson, and most recently for a chorale performance in Venice Florida, April 28th, 2024. Here is that performance.

Lee: People may think I’m crazy for saying this, but I’ll always believe John had a hand in his song. There were just too many things that happened and fell into place at the right time. Now we need other chorale groups to hear it and hopefully, they’ll want to sing it. I’ve been told between it being a “Beatle” song and the beauty of the song itself, it could be huge in the chorale world. I’d like that. Not for $$$, but for Peace and Love and Music.

And so it happened. Lee’s poem, also a rock song tribute by Mark Hudson was scored for a chorale group to sing at a live performance on April 28th, 2024 in Venice Florida. We are honored and proud to present Lee’s tribute to John – The Chorale version:

Some things I’ll never forget: It was 2012 on the Beatles cruise when I first met Mark and handed him the poem for a song writing lesson. When he began playing and singing it, I could hear people crying. In 2013, on the first night of the cruise, Mark presented the recorded song and people in the audience were crying. But it was the next night – he was going to play it on the piano and sing it – he had to stop and gather himself because he was going to cry. Think how much he had worked on it and how many times he had played it before that. In 2017 at the Beatles Fest in Chicago, he introduced me and presented it to the audience. Again, there were lots of tears and people thanking me for writing those words about John.

Even at dress rehearsal on April 28th, when the Chorale first had all the instruments playing with us, I caught myself crying. BUT NOT when we sang live that evening. Then you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

But the funny thing – if you look at the video, you can see Brent point to me near the climax of the song. (I’m in the top row on the far left.) He told me after, he pointed because he saw the smile on my face, and he needed that because he felt the tears coming. PICK UP LEE’S BOOK OF POETRY CALLED “THIRTY-SIX POEMS THAT RHYME & FIVE THAT DON’T.”