When we were informed that Yoko Ono read the site and was interested in doing an email interview to promote her new single, we were charmed. Who wouldn’t want to interview one of the most enigmatic people of the past century? The problem with an email interview is the inability to follow up on your questions. So, when we got our interview questions back, we were disappointed to see a few had been deleted and the answers to the rest were a bit brief. This created a bit of a dilemma, as we wondered if this interview had substantive value to our readers. In the end, we felt that it was valuable, if for no other reason than the knowledge that Yoko Ono reads websites like this and continues to have her finger on the pulse of the music industry. So, it is with a little pride and lot of trepidation, we present you with our very brief exchange with Yoko Ono, who is promoting her new single, “WOULDNIT’ (I’M A STAR)”.
TDOA: I find the success of Wouldnit (I’m a Star) to be absolutely inspirational. Having been involved in music for so many years, how do you motivate yourself to write music and what inspired this song?
YO: There are things about me most people don’t know. I have studied music since I was two and half years old, forced by my father who was a pianis, and wanted his daughter to be a successful one. The first song I wrote was when I was in the school for early education of music called JIYU-GAKUEN. The heroin, hero and the star in WOULDNIT is all me.
TDOA: Your commitment to Imagine Peace has been an inspiration to many people. Can you give us your initial impressions of Barack Obama and perhaps discuss the United States role in the devolution of world peace in the past decade?
YO: I decided a long time ago, that if I can’t say anything nice, I won’t. I think you understand. We should think of our responsibility in the world, and do our best, instead of thinking of what anybody else is doing and not doing.
TDOA: I think many people would consider you a role model for female empowerment. Have you made a conscious effort through the years to overcome gender-based obstacles and present yourself in that light?
YO: I think you know that I am trying – to put it mildly!
TDOA: I have long thought that your influence on John’s creative output was more significant that his influence on yours. A musician who was “on top of the world”, as he was, could have been too arrogant to allow others to change his direction. Assuming that you agree, why do you think he was so receptive to your input?
YO: Because he liked the character of my input?
TDOA: What Plastic Ono Band influences do you hear in today’s music?
YO: I am more interested in making music, not listening for influences!
TDOA: What was the process of working with Sean Lennon on Between My Head And The Sky like?
YO: It was fun.
TDOA: You have embraced social media like Twitter in a way that most from your generation haven’t. What attracted you to this medium and where do you see it going in the next decade?
YO: I don’t think of the next decade of anything. Do you? I’m just doing something I get a kick out of.