I trying to picture what the dinner table conversation would look like for the average primary school kid. I picture it going somethin like this:
Parent: “Honey, how was your day at (summer) school?” DId you do anything intersting?”
Kid: “Not really. We chatted with this weird Japanese lady, who’s into big hats, and talking about her husband who died. He was into music and bugs. We were thinking about world peace, and art too. It was a busy day.”
I know not all kids are that clueless, and these kids seemed pretty hip to the Lennon history and vibe, but as a child if I mentioned Yoko Ono at my mom’s dinner table, I would have gotten a strange reaction. I couldn’t imagine the reaction if I told my mom that I was chatting with her on the internet. That’s really awesome that Yoko would get involved with these kids like that. Kudos to her.
Here’s what we’ve read.
WHEN a Batley school turned to a local theatre group for help with a project on the Beatles they never expected John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono to get in touch.
But that’s what happened when St Mary’s Primary School pupils contacted Stephen Walker, chairman of St Mary’s Theatre Group, looking for information for their history project on the 1960s, John Lennon and his famous band.
Mr Walker contacted a family friend, film producer Simon Hilton who is working with Yoko Ono on The Life of John Lennon.
Mr Hilton organised for pupils’ photographs to be posted on Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace website along with their questions which she answered.
Mr Walker and his son Andrew also visited the school and gave the children a talk, took some 1960s clothing and artifacts and Andrew played some Beatles music for the pupils to sing along to.
– Here is a selection of the questions posted for Yoko Ono, along with her replies:
Owen Nagy: Where did you and John meet and get married?
YO: We met in London, and got married in Gibraltar.
Owen Nagy: What is your favourite band at the moment or what genre of music do you like?
YO:I like all types of music. I am especially into indie music, now. In terms of bands, I like bands like Coldplay, Radiohead and Green Day, who are not afraid to experiment.
Ben Ormsby: Did you like being famous?
YO: Is this a question for me or for John?Both of us felt that it was a fact we must deal with, and deal with it well.
Ben Ormsby: Where was John buried?
YO: I can’t tell you. He wanted it to be private.
Ben Ormsby: Did you think The Beatles would be so famous?
YO:John said he always knew they would be big. I don’t know if he had imagined how big they would be though. As for me, I knew the Beatles were famous. They already were when I met them.
Source: Batley News