Jailhouse Pop

One of George Michael’s pianos, specifically the Steinway upright upon which George Michael wrote the songs, Patience and Imagine That, and upon which John Lennon wrote arguably the most important pop song of all time, Imagine, is on a world tour to promote peace. The iconic piano will be photographed at locations where acts of violence have taken place in the past, and are still taking place today.

Today, April 11, the piano will visit the Texas State Penitentiary for its photo call. It’s no coincidence that this is the scheduled time and place for the execution of one James Lee Clark. If Clark is executed today, Texas will have “hosted” 12 out of the 13 executions that have taken place so far in in the United States 2007, making it the most uncivilized of all the states by far.

Well done to Dallasite Kenny Goss for taking a stand for peace and humanity.

Update: Clark was executed by lethal injection on schedule at 6.10pm. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m.  Caroline True, the creative director for the “piano as a symbol of peace” project said that they tried to take yesterday’s photographs quietly, and in an unobtrusive way.

3 thoughts on “Jailhouse Pop

  1. In all seriousness, I like the idea of this piano tour. If the Lennon piano comes to New England, I would definitely want to see it and the accompanying photo exhibit.

    In some jest, do you know if the plant enthusiast himself plans to release ‘Imagine That’ free on the Internet, as a charity single, or will it be released as a single to be included in George’s next album???

  2. When asked by the warden if he had a final statement, “I don’t know,” Clark said with a chuckle. “I don’t know what to say.”

    Several seconds passed and Clark noticed witnesses watching him through a nearby window and blurted out, “Oh I didn’t know anybody was there. Howdy.”

    The drugs were taking effect and he was unable to say anything more.

    He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., seven minutes after the lethal chemicals began to flow.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/4707114.html

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