Imagine there were no Imagine.
It’s pretty hard to do — as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary this week of John Lennon’s immortal ballad (and the album on which it appeared), it’s almost impossible to remember a time when it wasn’t part of the pop music (and New Year’s Eve) firmament. Not bad for such a simple, sincere little number. And certainly something for Eric Alper and I to put our heads together about on today’s episode of Sonic Reducers. Listen in as we mark five decades of Imagine, trying to figure out why it’s so timeless, and get way too sincere and emotional for a couple of old cynics. Sonic Reducers: One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know. Imagine that.