VIDEO: “Here Today.”

Paul McCartney remembers his friend and partner through the best way he knows how.  John we miss you.

Here Today” – Live at the Paris Olympia, 22/10/07.

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The keeper of Lennon’s artistic flame.

I have to give Yoko Ono a lot of credit. If I were in her shoes I don’t know that I could keep it up.   Being the keeper of the Lennon legacy has to be so so difficult.  I mean, afterall, she has her own artistic endeavors and projects yet she is able to find a fine balance between her own projects and those that involve her dearly departed John. I really appreciate the fact that she has continued John’s work for peace through art.  If Lennon were alive today, he’d still be willing to be an artist for peace even moreso now.

It takes some courage to do the things that Yoko has done for John Lennon fans over the years.  I mean, we all have been treated to a wonderful radio show that highlighted gems from the Lennon vaults.  We were afforded a beautiful boxed set of outtake material from every facet of John’s solo career. Fans have been obliged with remastered solo-Lennon albums.  Yes, there’s been grumbling over artwork and remixed tracks, but at least they are out there for us to enjoy.  These projects don’t even begin to scrape the surface of any Beatle-related work that’s been done since John’s murder.  Without Yoko at the helm of John’s legacy I don’t believe that we would have gotten such good products, and such care with Lennon’s life work.

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If anything, I think Yoko puts too much effort and care into her late husband’s work.  She is very guarded about the Lennon legacy, with some reason.  She has put out some weird things over the year, but c’mon people it’s Yoko afterall.  It comes with the territory.  We should expect a little bizarre, and arty with our dose of Lennon rock and roll.  I’m thankful that is Yoko steering the Lennon ship.  Without Yoko it would definitely lose that sense intimacy and presence.

Here’s what we’ve read.

In the late 1960s when controversy swirled around them like a cyclone, John Lennon said of his wife Yoko Ono, “Everyone knows who she is, but nobody knows what she does”.

Since his murder 28 years ago this month, it has become clear what Ono does: she is the keeper of his flame; the one who believes in Lennon’s genius as much as he did, and is determined to have others acknowledge it too. She ensures his name, art and political beliefs are kept alive, and with equal energy pursues her own art career.

Whether it be licensing Lennon’s music and image for use in advertisements or commercial products, allowing Ben & Jerry to create an ice-cream flavour (Imagine Whirled Peace) with his signature on the tub, or releasing new pieces of his art annually for inclusion in touring exhibitions, Ono has been tireless.

As an associate observed recently, Ono is “not at all a lady of leisure”. And hard to pin down.

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