Rock and Roll Afterlife Connections - An Essay by Tom Razzeto
Copyright 2008 by Tom Razzeto
Did John Lennon and Carl Perkins connect with their friends and family from the other side?
John Edward is a famous psychic medium who communicates with the spirits of people who have passed on. His 2001 book titled, Crossing Over contains many stories that offer compelling evidence for the survival of human consciousness after the death of the body. Here are a few of my favorites from that book.
In early 1998, John gave a reading over the phone for a woman named Debbie whom he had never met. John soon got the image of a man in a blue shirt, a pair of jeans with very pronounced leg creases and a pair of white tennis shoes. The man said that he was Debbie's father and she acknowledged that was true. She explained that her father always had his jeans pressed like that and almost always wore white tennis shoes. And unknown to John, as they spoke on the phone that very minute, Debbie was tightly clutching her father's favorite blue shirt.
John then stated that her father was hanging around someone with dark hair and dark sunglasses. Debbie responded that that was popular music legend, Roy Orbison. Next, her father said that he was with another spirit who had one of his belts hanging on a wall at the home of Debbie’s parents. Debbie validated this by saying that that was Elvis Presley.
Somewhat surprised, John interjected, “Elvis? Your father's hanging around Elvis? Who was your father?” Debbie quickly replied, “My Daddy was Carl Perkins!”
John Edward was too young to recognized the name of one of the founding icons of rock and roll but Debbie let him know that Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes," an important songs that helped lay the foundation of rock and roll. The songwriting, singing and guitar playing of Carl Perkins was a strong influence on popular music starting in the mid-fifties. The Beatles all looked up to Carl and recorded several of his songs, which in turn further increased Carl's impact on pop music.
It turned out that Carl's wife, Val, hand made a studded belt for Elvis to wear on stage when he was just getting started. After Elvis stopped wearing that belt, he gave it back to Val as a special souvenir. She and Carl had it framed and they hung it on a wall in their bedroom.
Debbie was not raised to believe in afterlife communication and she had never had a psychic reading before. Her father had only passed away about 3 weeks earlier and she missed him dearly. The reading brought her great comfort and she was pleased to learn that her father was now strong and happy.
Another story that connects to this story goes as follows.
John Edward had a friend and business partner named Rick. Rick had been a disbeliever all his life but he had his own amazing reading with John and was now much more open-minded. Rick had worked with Carl Perkins in the last three years of Carl’s life and that work connected the two men in a deep way. Through this work, Rick also got to know Carl's daughter, Debbie.
In late 1998, about 10 months after Carl's death, John and Rick were in Dallas for business. One evening after dinner, John felt compelled by his spirit guides to drag Rick into a store in a mall and insist that Rick dig around until he found an item that was related to Carl Perkins. John had no idea what the item was but his spirit guides made it quite clear that it was pretty important. And since John knew nothing about Carl Perkins and his music, the shopping burden fell solely on Rick, who had a fairly strong dislike of malls and shopping.
After an hour or so, while consumed with frustration from not even knowing what he was looking for, Rick issued a strong protest to John. "Can we get out of here? We gave it a good try." Upon receiving a disapproving look from John that implied, “No, we are not leaving until you find it!” Rick quickly turned back around and banged his shin on a table. When he bent down to rub his shin, his eyes fell upon a glass snowball music box that contained a small pair of blue suede shoes. With the push of a lever, the music of Carl Perkins miraculously found its way to the ears of the now cheerful shoppers.
John stated the obvious when he blurted out, “That’s it!”
John said that they were supposed to give it as a gift to Debbie and he offered to pay for it. Hey, how much could a used trinket in a thrift shop cost anyway? How about 56 dollars? And why not? “Blue Suede Shoes” was a hit in 1956!
At first Rick wanted to call Debbie right away but he soon decided that it did not feel right and he let the weekend pass and called on Monday.
Debbie was glad to hear from Rick and Rick proceeded to tell her the story. As Rick was talking, Debbie started to cry. You see, Debbie had a story for Rick, too. In the months right before his death, Carl suffered two strokes. One of Carl’s dearest friends came to see him at that time and gave Carl a gift that brought him great delight: a glass snowball music box with a pair of blue suede shoes!
Yet only a few days later, Carl accidentally knocked it off the table and it fell to the floor, bursting into a million pieces. With tears in her eyes, Debbie cleaned up the mess while thinking to herself, “If I could only put these pieces back together, my Daddy would be healthy and whole once again, too!”
Debbie continued telling her story to Rick. You see, Rick had called her on her birthday. Her father had always given her a very special gift on her birthday and this was the first birthday Debbie would have without her dear father. She had been very sad all day.
And now, here was Rick offering Debbie the sweetest birthday present she had every received from her father! And from the other side, no less! So, in an amazing way, the little music box was indeed put back together and Carl was also healthy and whole once again! He let his precious daughter know this in a very beautiful and loving way.
And here is another story from the book that is also connected to this one.
In early 1981, the phone rang in the home of Carl and Val Perkins and Val answered it. In a few seconds, she handed the phone to Carl saying, "He says he's Paul McCartney."
Carl had met the Beatles back in 1964 but they were not in contact with each other. Heck, Val was not even sure it was really Paul. In early 1981, people all over the world were morning the loss of John Lennon who had passed away only a few months before. Did this call have something to do with that? Carl greeted Paul with his country twang, "Whacha doin', boy?"
Paul said, "I'm hanging out at my house. What are you doing?" And then without really waiting for Carl to reply, Paul continued. "Say, I'm down here in the West Indies recording my next album, Tug of War, and I have a song, "Get It," that's perfect for us. I want you to sing with me and play guitar on it. Can you come here and record?"
Carl explained, "Well, it'd help if I knew where it was."
Laughing quietly, Paul reassured him, "Don't worry about that. We'll send you a ticket."
So Carl spent eight fabulous days with Paul and Linda McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, famous Beatle producer George Martin and Stevie Wonder, who recorded "Ebony and Ivory" with Paul.
The night before he was to leave, Carl quickly wrote a song for Paul. The next morning, he met with Paul and Linda and said he wanted to say good-bye by singing a song.
After a minute or so, Carl was singing, "My old friend, won't you think about me every now and then" and Paul was starting to cry. Then the tears were really flowing to the point where Paul felt the need to leave the room.
Carl stopped playing and said to Linda, "I'm sorry, darlin', I didn't mean to upset him."
Linda went on to explain why Paul was so deeply touched. She and Paul had visited John and Yoko just days before he was shot. The visit was still a very fresh memory. Paul and John had had very little contact after the Beatles broke up ten years earlier. Over those years, especially in the beginning, there was a fair amount of bitterness between them. But now that had changed and Paul and John had again made a very solid connection in a deep and mature way. As Paul and Linda were standing in the doorway getting ready to leave, John said to Paul, "Won't you think about me every now and then, my old friend?" It was one of the last things that John said to Paul.
Carl never wrote songs quickly so this was different in that respect. And once Carl heard Linda's story, he felt certain that John had given him the song from the other side. Carl and John had connected in the spirit world and the song was born. It was a priceless gift from John to Paul and another simple but profound demonstration of the continuation of consciousness after the death of the body.
During most of 1993, Paul McCartney traveled the globe for a concert tour he named The New World Tour. In April of that year, he was in concert at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Carl Perkins visited him backstage and the two told fabulous stories and performed a handful of songs together. This was all captured on a video called Go Cat Go, which was released in 1998. From this video, you can see Carl and Paul perform "My Old Friend" on YouTube. Just search the YouTube site for Carl Perkins, Paul McCartney and My Old Friend.
(Here is the YouTube link to Carl and Paul playing My Old Friend together. Note the correct year is 1993.)
There are many more important details to these stories and I recommend you read the book Crossing Over to get the full picture.
While I don't think that these things are coincidences or lucky guesses, some people may want more evidence. If you are honestly interested in scientific research into psychic mediums, I recommend the book The Afterlife Experiments by Dr. Gary Schwartz.
The book contains fascinating stories mixed with detailed scientific analysis. Gary uses blind and double blind procedures and comes up with results that are far removed from random chance. Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University. He is currently conducting his research into consciousness at the University of Arizona. Gary was not a believer when he was first coaxed into this research by his girlfriend but he has changed since then.
John Edward is one of the psychic mediums that participated in Gary's studies along with George Anderson, Laurie Campbell, Suzane Northrop and others.
Since an honest and accurate understanding of the survival of consciousness can help people find a deeper personal peace, which I believe contributes towards a more peaceful world, I encourage you to read these books and others like them.
Together we can all help create both personal and world peace.
Thanks for reading my essay! Have a magical and mystical day!
Written: Jan 8, 2008
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