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Startin' Over

Updated on April 22, 2011
Starting Over
Starting Over

Phil Potter (Reynolds) is a low-key, contented magazine writer who tries to put his life back together after his wife (Bergen) opts for independence as a singer-songwriter. Wacky nursery school teacher (Clayburgh) tries to help him surmount the emotional hurdles, but it's rough as he's still hung up on his ex-wife.

Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy
Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy

The murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980, sent shockwaves around the world. The most acclaimed singer/songwriter of his generation, first a Beatle and then a boundary-pushing solo artist, was senselessly silenced forever at age forty; immediately, his final musical statement, an intimate, pop-infused collection called Double Fantasy, released only weeks before his death, skyrocketed to #1 worldwide, as did its poignantly titled single, "(Just Like) Starting Over."

His first studio recording since 1975’s Rock ’n’ Roll—and his first musical endeavor of any kind since taking a much-needed hiatus to raise Sean, his son with Yoko Ono—Double Fantasy represents more than a comeback album to Lennon fans and music critics alike. It captures a cultural icon at the pinnacle of his creative success and personal fulfillment; thirty years later it remains a musical touchstone and an affecting reminder of what could have been.

Starting Over is an oral history of the making of Double Fantasy and the definitive account of John Lennon’s last days. From early demos to sessions at New York City’s The Hit Factory, from the electrifying chemistry of the studio band to keeping the project under wraps to the album’s release and critical reception, here is fascinating, insightful commentary from all of the key players involved in its extraordinary creation: Yoko Ono, David Geffen, producer Jack Douglas, engineers, arrangers, session musicians, music journalists, and even Lennon himself via archival interviews.

Featuring never-before-seen photos of John and Yoko in the studio, candid images taken by David M. Spindel and Roger Farrington, Starting Over is the essential portrait for anyone who hears both a beginning and ending in the tracks of Double Fantasy.



I dream of house and Range Rover

Just cruise control the freeway

Must say, its a beautiful day

I'm early on time, no delay

Fun themes, put 'em on replay

Don't care, if I begin from zeros

Just add me to hall of fame heroes

for investing in my future to save

No more excuses of the rant and rave

I want every job to be classical

Pull deadlines out of desks, magical

Raise the bar from my whole deposit

Cleaning my closet for great profit

I separate real from the fake

Won't ask no more, I'll take

Sweep prizes, up the stakes

Have and eat them too, my cakes

Can't apply brakes in my life of fast lane

Slow down enough to not be insane

Accept no prisoners, cancel contracts

I still work like a scratch on disc compact

Never friends with a close friend of enemy

Goes against my hurt to show remedy

Blessings lighting me up as cyclorama

Skeletons in my head won't cause trauma

Hit 'em all with rhythm to rid them

of my true prophecies, I hid them

Faces at me, turned up

Some bridges are burned up

Can't squeeze blood from this turnip

I gallop in sunset on stirrups

I'm on the quest for grace

Detours, when I come across this place

Land of heartless, wanting me departed

Think I'm finished, I'm just getting started

©2011, Alphonso Taylor. All rights reserved. No republication of this material in any form or medium is permitted without expressed permission of the author


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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I may be a grandma but after hearing my sons in their younger years rapping away I know a good beat when I hear it..and this is You have a gift ..and not one curse word in it..Big kudo's!


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      Alphonso Taylor 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, stricktlydating for your kind comments! Its greatly appreciated. Yes, I've been writing a lot of lyrical poetry, lately. So, that's definitely in the works. Feels like, I can rap and sing most of the poems I've been writing so far.

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      StricktlyDating 6 years ago from Australia

      Wow! This would make a great song!

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      Alphonso Taylor 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Leptirela, thank you so much! You just don't know how much your kind words mean to me.

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      Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

      as always

      amazing. I love it

      your a great writer/poet :)