After vowing never to get another cat because of the heartbreak experienced when my cat of 18 years died, I am now a new cat owner. Yes, I spent many years grumbling that I never wanted another cat. But, this cat's circumstances were dire, and he needed a place to live. So, to make a long story short, I said, "Yes." Because of the circumstances, we didn't have a lot of time to prepare--so, we were racking our brains to find a cool name for our new pal. And, after a solid day of trying to figure out a name, one popped into my brain. My cat now has the name "Instant Karma," after the 1970 John Lennon hit.

It's a pretty cool name, right? Instant Karma is a pretty cool kitty. We call him Karma for short.

How much do you know about Instant Karma? No, not my cat--the song. Well, the song was released in 1970, and according to Wikipedia, the song was "written, recorded, and released within a week."

Here's more about "Instant Karma" from Wikipedia:

  • ""Instant Karma!" was written with a similar chord structure to "Three Blind Mice" and "Some Other Guy", and using the same chord progression as the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love".
  • It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios the same day it was written, and arriving in stores only ten days later.
  • It is the third solo single issued by Lennon, and it peaked at number 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US...
  • In John Lennon: In His Own Words, author Ken Lawrence said that "many considered it his finest achievement since leaving the Beatles". Lennon biographer John Blaney said that the song is an appeal "for mankind to take responsibility for its fate" and that it was "Lennon developing his own brand of egalitarianism". While inThe Words and Music of John Lennon, authors Ben Urish and Kenneth G. Bielen said that the song provided "a chiding though positive message for humanity." Jon Wiener, in his book Come Together: John Lennon in His Time, said that Lennon had a "rich, deep voice" and that the song's sound was "irresistible." Simon Leng, in his book While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison, said that the song was "full of urgency and sheer excitement. Lennon biographer Philip Norman called the song "minimalist [...] but far more relaxed and humorous."
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