Thursday, July 19, 2007

I Love You Yoko Ono (my little dedication)

Me and my Onochord :-) Send the message of LOVE!

I saw Yoko Ono perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival last Saturday and she was AMAZING! She is truly one of the greatest artists/musicians EVER. The performance opened with the vidjo short she did in 2004 for the "Onochord" which was set to "Give Peace a Chance." What a beautiful moment that was. They threw several of the chords out to the audience and we flashed "I Love You" as the video instructed. When she came onstage, everyone was still flashing their Onochords and they looked like lighters onscreen. It was beautiful! Watch the vidjo, even for a little bit!
WAR IS OVER (IF YOU WANT IT)! This song was by far the highlight of the show. Ono kept going and the crowd followed. It's unbelievable how this song resonated decades ago because of the bullshit then and we're in the same fucking situation now. My experience with this performance was unforgettable. I will never forget how warm and excited she made me feel. She kept waving her hands saying "Don't worry" and "War is over if you want it." The crowd chanted back with passion. Here's a decent mish-mash of songs from the night with a little of that performance at about 01:20.
Another great part of the show was its avant-garde extreme: “Mulberry,” with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth on guitar. She said she had only done the song with John and Sean and that Thurston would be the last to perform it with her. WHAT A RARE TREAT!!! Here is the clip!
"Walking on Thin Ice" was awesome, no surprises there. "A song that I wrote called 'Walking on Thin Ice' was inspired by Chicago, of course," the 74-year-old artist said during a recent interview from her office in New York. The lyrics: "I knew a girl who tried to walk across the lake / 'course it was winter when all this was ice / That's a hell of a thing to do, you know / They say the lake is as big as the ocean / I wonder if she knew about it?" She was sooooo cute when she recited these lyrics during the performance. This song also happens to be the song the she and John Lennon were working on in the studio minutes before he was gunned down. Here is the original vidjo....
Her new album "Yes I'm a Witch" is soooooo good. The collaborations on the album are INSANE with SO many amazing people (most notably Peaches, The Flaming Lips, The Polyphonic Spree, Le Tigre and Cat Power). In the title track "Yes I'm a Witch" she addresses how the world used to and still does perceive her (it's pretty funny AND awesome). I suggest doing a li'l research before writing her off as having "broken up 'The Beatles'" as she was probably their most important influence. After all, she was already a famous artist of the Fluxus movement when Lennon met her!

I first fell in love with Ono in 2001 when I was in New York City with my junior college's Art League and went to her show "YES YOKO ONO," a forty-year retrospective of her work. Below is the vidjo "Fly," which caught me at hello! Love her or hate her, she is the cutest little old Japanese woman you could ever meet. I will always remember how warm and safe she made me feel.  Oh, and if you think everything she does is shrill, download the song "O'Oh" from the new album, it's BEAUTIFUL!

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Anonymous quirky said...

wow, you should be a critic or something--great article whether you like her or not!

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Yoko Ono said...

grbbbl hmnfrufh #@$%^#%@!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear god there is 15 minutes of my life I will never get back..seriously, can we request a fatwa on Yoko Ono please? And possibly Patrick for putting that up on boomtacular? Maybe instruct Jihadist Jerry to only slightly disfigure Patrick because we still need him to do the shows....

4:33 PM  
Anonymous bemyyokoono said...

it was actually devin who posted that and though she can be quite annoying and a bit hard to listen to for some people, i LOVE the noise rock. she really opened the door for people like sonic youth, peaches, tori amos, daft punk....i mean, she did everything they're doing now but like 30 years ago!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Emo said...

Yoko 'Oh No!'

I wish I had something more intelligent to say, but I don't.


1:36 AM  
Anonymous John In Ely said...

Ya gotta give the old girl credit. She is a household name and has been for over thirty years.

She has profound messages but prestents them to the masses in a simple way.

She has always been cutting edge in the art world.

Saying all of that, she did sound a bit like my cat when she coughed up a hairball the size of Texas.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Devin said...

heh, i can definitely see why people listen to her music and can't stand her (much like i can understand why people would hate tori amos or alanis morissette)....but if you think of her music as sound art then it makes much more sense. it isn't supposed to sound like madonna or britney spears y'all! also, she has sooooo much visual/conceptual art out there and it is all really really good. her influence on John Lennon and The Beatles is pretty obvious and i LOVE LOVE LOVE The Beatles!!!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Peaches said...

yoko ROCKS! suck it!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I downloaded "O'Oh" (as you instructed those of us who can't stand her "nails scraping against the chalkboard" sound to do) and you're right, it is a beautiful sound. Most of her music still annoys the fuck out of me, but that song is very nice. It is actually soothing!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte Rae said...

yoko ono is a bitch.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're a bitch.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the "Fly" vidjo!

7:10 PM  
Anonymous ta nah na na said...

I guess it comes down to a taste level, or lack of one. I have always found her to make a much better muse for John Lennon then a great artist of her own expression.

she seems to have a polarizing public persona much like that stupid cunt Jane Fonda.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Devin said...

taste this!

9:51 AM  
Anonymous ta nah na na said...

Well played

11:01 AM  
Blogger Evol Kween said...

Kudos for making the effort to listen to some interesting and challenging music. I want Pitchfork to hold a festival in Australia!

4:13 AM  
Anonymous yesi'mawitch said...

her new album is great!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous slanty said...


11:05 PM  
Blogger Li'l Pony said...

I think she's great! Thanks, Devin, for posting this.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me too. i just listened to a bunch of her new music and i LOVE IT!

9:58 AM  

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