Yoko Ono answers your questions every Friday on Twitter & Facebook.


Friday 27 February 2015

Carol Holms
What attracted you to art?

When I was four years old or so, art was attracted to me. It kept giving me all sorts of ideas. I just forwarded to the world. And the world liked laughing with me.

Lydia Kim
Which age did you start playing the piano?

4 years old.

Dana Sanford Kyder
How do you write a new song? I mean, how does it happen? I can’t imagine hearing music and then writing it down. Is that what it is? You are so fortunate.

Yes. I hear lyrics with simple music notations. When I don’t write it down immediately, sometimes I lose them. There are some that were lost.

Frankie Wasabi
Hi Yoko! I want to thank you for writing the song ‘Air Talk’ It’s a favorite of mine. Can you tell me your memory of writing the song? I love you XXOO

I don’t remember. If I play the song, I may suddenly remember something.

David Liljemark
Will you release your birthday jam session concert, so all of us who weren’t there can enjoy it too? Setlist?

It may be released. I can’t be bothered checking it myself. I think the record company will listen, make the decision what to do and let me know.

Diane Collett Greenblatt
Yoko, I am just wondering how do you cope with stress? Do you mediate or do yoga? or have another practice to share?? Have a blessed day.

I close my eyes, even in the back of the car, and take a quick nap. 5 minutes of it and I’m back.

Adrian Belcher
You look incredible, I personally struggle to find inner peace, could you advise on techniques you use as to how you remain internally and externally beautiful x

I’ll let you know when I perfect my act. Right now, it’s still hit and miss. Sometimes I look so terrible, I go blah, what’s this?

Dashiell Moss
You shared this quote in the book ‘See Hear Yoko‘: “I really think that if you started to create art for money, and if you don’t get the money, I think you feel like a fool. But if you’re not doing it for money, but you’re doing it for art, then you know what the value of it is. It’s not money.” My question is, while making art that’s purpose transcends financial gain, how do you fight against those who exploit artists for their own profits, which can damage your ability to sustain your art, without being branded as an artist who’s solely concerned with money?

Don’t be obsessed with the money situation. If the artist is getting tremendous amount of money from his/her art, bless it. Better than the country using it to kill people with various weapons. Usually, it’s just luck one way or the other. So don’t concern yourself with it, whether it’s about another artist getting a lot of money or you. Life is pretty short whether you get money from your work or not.

Carlos Ortega
Hi Yoko What is your favorite writer and what book would you recommend?

There are so many books these days worth reading. I always try to recommend the ones that move me. Go to the IMAGINEPEACE.com book list. That’s the ones I recommended. You might find one that will move you, too.

Rae Ono
Have you been keeping up on the news about Fukishima? I’ve been a bit nervous about eating Pacific fish since the whole thing began. I’m fairly sure I had heard you were vegetarian, so this might not be an issue, but would you be nervous about eating sea vegetables or seaweed from near there?

I am not always vegetarian. I go by my instinct with what I want to eat at the time, what my body seems to need. I find some fish from our shores terribly contaminated, too. Usually the sign is it tastes chemical. Vegetables can be not too clean either. It’s a very difficult time. Hence, I just rely on my instinct.

Corina Lindsay
What do you take refuge in?

In life. Life is not so bad, you know. Anyway that’s all we have. I’ve learned to love it.

JACQUES POIRIER ‏@BuzzJackPoirier
What sense do we need to understand the creation of the universe?

It will be better to understand the universe in each of us first.

Bradford Ross ‏@dreck_dross
Who is one current artist u feel has a great message for what seems to be an increasing violent divided world?

Art is a universal language. Through our understanding of that language, we connect ourselves with each other, and come together, even without knowing that we do. It is not one artist who has a great message. By conencting ourselves to each other, we become part of the greatness which we are.

Mike is Happy ‏@mikeishappy
Blue & Black or Gold & White?

Blue and Black can be beautiful. So can Gold & White. It’s all how you use them.

Tim Easton ‏@Tim_Easton
If I have tried to record/capture a song multiple times & something always prevents it (physical or spiritual) what should I do?

It seems like you already know what to do. Something is protecting you from using a bad time to create. Just leave it alone, and
one day it will come easy to you. That’s when you should record/capture the song.

Tray Stone ‏@WomenWeednWeath
First time trying this, very interested in your ideas! What is your opinion on Paul Robeson & his vision for lasting world peace?

All of us are wanting the same thing, and expressing ourselves in our own way. Some with words and some with some action. Listen to your heart. Let it lead you to where you want to go. You don’t have to listen to anybody else.

Camperols ‏@Camperolsmusic
How do you keep the sunshine?

By bathing in it. Then even when the sun is not out, Sunshine is kept in your memory.

Felicia Marano ‏@cutelyobsessive
Hi yoko! Do you like spicy food?

Yes. I do. But not every meal. I just take a rest from it sometimes. Don’t you?

Amanda Moreno ‏@MandyMoreno89
How did you get into music?

Music was always in my parents house even before I was born.

Michelle with one L ‏@stellarmichele
Music-wise, what albums//artists have you been gravitating towards lately? suggest an album for us to listen to, please!

Do you want to listen to BETWEEN MY HEAD AND THE SKY and TAKE ME TO THE LAND OF HELL? They are albums I made recently. I’m sure you will get something from them. Yes. I am always gravitating towards my own stuff.

Bradford Ross ‏@dreck_dross
Who is one current artist u feel has a great message for what seems to be an increasing violent divided world?

All of us in the human race. We are all part of the greatness. And we’ll make it! I know.

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24 Responses to Yoko QandA day – Fridays on Twitter & Facebook – latest answers here:

  1. lynn gallen says:

    yoko what does it mean ” I’m in phase 9 now”,( your response to fact you don’t cook but put energy else where) what is is significant about the # 9? Does John’s Revolution #9 share a meaning?
    with a handshake in thought.
    Lynn Gallen

  2. Lisa says:

    YOKO, THIS MAN Jacque Fresco’s, HAS DEDICATIED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO A NEW WORLD FOR US TO LIVE IN PEACE, BUT NO ONE IN THE USA WILL LISTEN OR LOOK AT HIS ART AND DREAMS CAUSE OF HIS EDUCATION.” IMAGINE” IS WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT AND HOPEFULLY WITH YOUR HELP SOMEONE WILL LISTEN TO HIS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING IDEAS! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK OVER HIS WEBSITE AND YOU WILL SEE WHY I FEEL THIS MAN JUST WANTS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, JUST AS YOU AND I DO. I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING ALL OF US, AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU AND JOHN DO TO SEARCH FOR PEACE FOR ALL OF US!

  3. Jeanette says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question Yoko :)

  4. joseph martin says:

    Joseph Martin john is a light that will never go out for all you need is love will continue to feed this light
    he was a poet, songwriter, composer, a father, a champion for peace but most of all he was just a man. unlike paul m. he could feel and write a…bout pain and longing and reach the depths of dispair and somehow it was beautiful Help i need somebody, so i sing a song of love for julia, mother you had me but i never had you, women you understand the little child inside a man, i was dreaming in the past and my heart was beating fast, if you want money for people with minds that hate all i can tell you brother you’ll have to wait, war is over if you want it, no need for greed or hungar a brotherhood of man,but most of all IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU MORE
    happy birthday john you are loved and i and millions more will miss you

  5. Felipe says:

    Yoko, your message is beautiful and we still believe in Peace.

    Here in South America we fight everyday for our beliefs, our ideals, our peace motives and for the beauty of life.

    Sometimes is very hard to swim against the currents, against over consumption, against the media, against the powerful and their money.

    But when i saw you and your willpower to keep screaming for peace and love for everyone, i feel alive now and i’ll keep yelling and working to build a better world for us all.

    Thank you Yoko. Mata ne!

    Felipe Nadeau.

  6. Shrujana says:

    i need your help!…i’m in a big emotional crisis and i don’t think i’m handling too well….

  7. Jen says:

    Hello Yoko, thank you for being available. I was at MoMA this past weekend…I screamed and made a wish. Thanks for bringing me full circle…and thank you for your he(art). I will be thinking of you and John tomorrow. Xo jen

    • Yoko Ono says:

      Hi Jen! It’s nice that you participated in the scream piece and screamed. Your scream joined all the other screams of that piece performed in MOMA, and is sending out a strong vibration and making a strong statement to the world. love, yoko

  8. Patti W says:

    Many years ago in NY you and John did a TV show on channel 13 which I attended. I have never heard anything relating to this show. Could you please let me know why.
    Love and God Bless

  9. Jos Witteman says:

    My next cd with my poems / music will be dedicated to you and John. This because of the good vibes you’re givin’ to the world. More than thanks, and with lovin’ greetings from The Netherlands,

    Jos Witteman

  10. Nestlenathan says:

    Once again thank you very much for taking the time to answer the questions your much appreciated n loved..cheers, thanks.

    Live forever

  11. Kallie says:

    HI Yoko,

    I am doing a write up on Cut Piece. I was wondering what is a message or representation you were trying to say with this piece?

    Thanks,

    Kallie

  12. Sonia says:

    Thank you for the answers that you shared to me especially about questions related when you were expecting a baby with John.. One of my favorites is you are craving meat and cabbage and about morning sickness.. hope if you don’t mind I could post some questions that was bugging in my head. it is all about Sean when he was not yet born (I mean inside your womb)… again thank you…

  13. Love your response to my query, thank you so much for your work. You’re absolutely right about love.

  14. Nessus says:

    Yoko, God bless you, love nessus

  15. Sue says:

    Yoko, one day I drove through Florida and felt incredibly sad, for no apparent reason, later, I found out Nam June Paik had died, how did you feel on that day? do you remember?

  16. mcszg says:

    Love your work Yoko !!!

  17. mellepixie says:

    Yoko, do you believe in “an eye for an eye”? those who kill should be killed in return or anything like that?

  18. Jay Thomas says:

    Thank you Yoko for taking the time to answer these questions. Your ideas inspire me.

    -Jay

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