… Yoko Ono.
When I met Husband Mike I was 25 years old. I had been an avid Beatles fan since the 6th grade and accepted without question the notion that Yoko Ono single-handedly destroyed the best rock band ever to have existed.* I have no idea why I just went with this and never really investigated for myself, but when HM found me out he pushed me. He said, “Have you seen her art?” He told me about Painting to Shake Hands and Ceiling Painting, the latter being the piece that essentially made John Lennon fall in love with her. He explained that she was an experimental and avant-garde artist whose work was deceptively simple and consistently evoked strong emotional responses in the people who experienced it. And he said that although he didn’t adore her music, he admired her rawness, fearlessness, and relentless desire to push and experiment. I was astonished, and began to explore her work a little on my own. I don’t love it all, but I love a lot of it. And I’ve found that my admiration for Ono has grown steadily over the years.
Despite her tireless work for good causes – world peace and disarmament, raising awareness about AIDS and money for research, and disaster relief for multiple events and countries – Ono remains one of the most reviled figures in music and pop culture history. And yet she has maintained serenity and focus through the years, making music and art tirelessly and originally while the acid critiques roll off her back. (Or so it seems.) She’s nearly 81 now, and in the past ten years or so has started releasing dance tracks. Last year she had two consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Dance Club Play Charts. Did I mention she’s 81? And that droves of people loathe her? I cannot help but admire her dedication to creating music and art, and doing so with unique vision and authentic passion. My impression? Yoko Ono really couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of her. In the best possible way.
And this woman has amazing style to boot. Although sunglasses indoors can seem a little affected, I think she totally pulls it off. Once famous for her long, wild hair, she now wears a chic, short crop and a rotating cast of fabulous hats. Her uniform of gorgeously tailored suits – most of them black but with eye-catching details – gives her the air of a chic, worldly stateswoman. She’ll occasionally swap in some patent leather and wears it with the panache of an inherently stylish human being. And seriously, that McQueen skull scarf she’s sporting in the image up top? You know that hits me right where I live.
Anyone else a Yoko Ono fan? Music, art, or both? Did you know she was cranking out dance hits? Anyone seen her visual pieces in person? (I’m yet to myself, but will someday, I’m sure of it.) Love her sleek, chic, tailored style?
*Want proof she didn’t? Here ya go.
Image via Chart Attack.
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