At my age I should be in a certain way. Please don’t stop me being the way I am. I don’t want to be old and sick like many others of my age. Please don’t create another old person.

So even when I am rocking on the stage, they are totally hard on me. They demand the musical standard of a classic musician and attack me for the rhythm or some notes which are not precisely in tune. I am not concerned with what my voice is doing. If I was, what you experience would not be. My voice will be dead, once I am concerned about it, in the way you are asking me to. Go to a classical concert, if you want to hear a “trained” voice. What I escaped from when I was very, very young. I created my own niche. If I tried to present you classic music it won’t be what I created. You don’t get that way, with Iggy for instance, a grand rocker, who is creating his own brand of Rock, just as I am.

Let me be free. Let me be me! Don’t make me old, with your thinking and words about how I should be. You don’t have to come to my shows. I am giving tremendous energy with my voice, because that is me. Get my energy or shut up.

A critic of my show I did on my 80th birthday. You wanted me to be coming in at the same time on the top of the bars with the tracks. Well, I like to syncopate my voice to come in before or after the music notes, not right on top of the tracks, you see. That’s done in classical music, also. Remember? Yes. I don’t mind using what I learnt from classical music.

Just let me be free, so music will come out as my voice in the way it wants. Otherwise, it will not be beautiful. My music is unworldlily beautiful. It is a mixture of all the generations I went through on this planet: when I was born seeing the world with wonderment, when I was a wise infant, full of original ideas with not too much intimidation yet, when I was a energetic and rebellious teenager, when i was a sexy twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and now. Plus all the folk music of the world, the Voice of people, never intimidated – and plus some music coming from another planet or planets! I respect that, cherish it, and am always thankful of note by note that comes in me and out of me.

Another criticism: That my short pants in my video BAD DANCER was very short. Was that bad? You are not criticizing other danacers whose pants are worn short. Do you have a separate standard for a person of my age even in the way our outfits are cut?

I am afraid of just one thing. That those ageism criticism will finally influence me, I would succumb to it and get old. So I am covering my ears not to listen to you guys! Because dancing in the middle of an ageism society is a lonely trip. Don’t stone me! Let me be! Love me plenty for what I am!

Yoko Ono Lennon
NYC 18th February 2015

Happy Birthday Mum!

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23 Responses to DON’T STOP ME! by Yoko Ono – 18th Feb 2015

  1. Fifi says:

    keep rocking gal! Imagine all the people living life in peace…:-)

  2. Keep on rocking! PLEASE!
    ( I have a dream…
    I want to see you live! singing, screaming your lungs out! like anyone else has ever done in the history of popular culture.)
    I love you sooo much!

  3. Jill says:

    i ii iii Your ideas have shaped a new generation. God bless you on your 82nd birthday and many more!

  4. Christ Devos says:

    Yoko Please Don’t Ever Stop !! we need you !!! i ii iii 🙂

  5. Hey Yoko. You rock! I’ve been following your work since when and I find you awe inspiring. Love it. I’d like to thank you for being you. Jupiter

  6. Donna Kennedy says:

    I am here too. Hear my song! At 81 and painting and scuba diving and moving, moving, moving.

  7. Mary says:

    Yoko, you are an inspiration! Thank you!! ❤️

  8. Zena Jagger says:

    That’s right Mama “keep on keeping on” !! Everything ’bout you Rocks so don’t don’t listen to bad Vib people brainwashed by superficial media .

    Celebrated your Birthday in my Heart blowing a kiss and a smile !! You empower woman !! So thankful that of all places and planets in time and space I get to share this small Blue World with You !!! Thank You for everything you do for Planet Earth. You are my Hero !!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo With the Greatest Respect ,LoVe , Zena

  9. Pearse says:

    Rock on Yoko Ono

  10. Darin says:

    You tell ’em Yoko! So happy you’re still so youthful and excited to create! We should never lose that spark in ourselves although society seems to dictate that all too often. Always a fan of your love and light. Keep on lovin’ and singin’, cause we’re listening!

  11. Emily Kitamura says:

    Hi, Yoko-San, I’m in the same shoes. My mind stoped 40 yrs. old. I still could’nt accept my old age. Every year birthday is coming, just ages are adding by self. I’ll be just way I am and happy.

  12. BIA says:

    Happy Birthday Yoko! You are authentic, is yourself! An example health, vitality, enthusiasm and love for life, that to keep fit and healthy, which is an example for many, that sometimes are younger but discouraged because age is a matter of being happy and not a number. People are talking about age are very boring people, age does not matter. You are great and beautiful! Very cool the celebration of your birthday! What more blessings be present in your life! 🙂

    Many flowers for you!

    ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ 

    Peace and light in your heart!!!

    i ii iii


  13. Gene Rubio says:

    Hi Yoko,

    With compliments there will always be criticism, just like rain and sunshine. Once you accept it, you’ll be at peace with yourself.

    The only person that can stop you is yourself. You say that you’re not going to listen to the criticisms?

    Well, congratulations.

  14. Melody Lane says:

    Yoko, you have beautiful legs. People be jealous of what they don’t have. You keep being a “bad (a**) dancer”, your spirit and soul needs that release. Shame on those who stop living when they reach their perceived “old age”. I will be just like I am now when I’m your age in another 24 years. Much love to you lady.
    Melody Lane

  15. You are perfect exactly the way you are. I am 67 and you are inspiration to me. You have stayed true to yourself, your values and your art. In this post, you have shared that you, just like the rest of us, are vulnerable. Thank you for sharing that side of you. Please know that many, many people love you, as an artist and as a peace maker!
    peace and love

  16. Chris Opperman says:

    I love you, Yoko! Always be yourself. Everything for music, everything for peace.

  17. tom says:

    happy birthday

  18. tom says:

    I think your pants look fine… and you are doing great at 80 all the best happy birthday , Tom

  19. Alicia Bether says:

    I love you the way you are dear Yoko

  20. Patti Petow says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to you! Sending much love your way always. You have nurtured the world by teaching us love and how to grow. Forever grateful for you and what you do for us. Love and peace, Patti

  21. Don’t worry about the silly criticisms of your work. Sammy Davies jnr said, something like, “Try to please everyone and you will end up pleasing no one!”?

  22. Carolyn Marosy says:

    You are an inspiration!!! Thank you for showing the world that art is human energy that transforms into universal energy! This is why you are loved by so many. I am inspired to take my electric guitar and put a violin bow to it to make beautiful noise!! To make ugly noise, to make music that rises above this world of mediocrity! One of my goals is to jam with you and Sean…I know it would work because I can already feel it…I can only hope that chance occurs organically, because there is no other way. I believe. Thank you for believing in me. Your love transcends, and touches hearts and minds. You won’t ever get old because you are timeless.

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