Probably one of the most iconic celebrity singers, songwriters, and visionaries in the world, whether it be Europe, Canada, US. His gentle vision of moving forward with humanity with no war, no bickering over religion, no hunger. His song Imagine is one of the most memorable songs. There were so many things he put his life on the line for. His legacy strikes a chord and resonates with the same note inside each individual.
When Michael Israel paints John Lennon there is a resonance and the same cord is struck in the audience that brings tears to the eyes, smiles to faces and a vision, a different viewpoint into people’s lives. Michael chooses Instant Karma as one of the songs because it talks about people being a star in their own way. We have the time while we are here on Earth to do that. He relays a lot of that when he speaks of the dot on the canvas should be filled with color and life.
There are so many amazing quotes that are moving. For example: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” That is one of the quotes that really relate to. Why John’s vision is so iconic and why Michael uses it in his artwork and that is why he thinks John Lennon was so iconic because he really had a way of rallying people. We keep coming back to the word resonance because he was like a vibration or a cord he struck that Michael sees in everybody like a ripple in a pool that spreads across the whole pool when he paints him.