Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono’s Warzone is strikingly different from any record she has made previously, but it is also strikingly different from any album that anyone is making… Yoko revisits and reimagines 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages still pertinent—perhaps even more pertinent—in 2018. “The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It’s a war zone that we are living in…” says Ono. “I like to create things in a new way. Every day things change.”
The recordings and arrangements on Warzone are very stripped down, with a particular emphasis on Yoko’s voice and lyrics. Here in this minimalist landscape the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered; sometimes somber warnings, sometimes uplifting encouragement, but her wisdom and fortitude are unflinchingly strong, her power having intensified with time and life experience. She ends the ominous questions of “Now Or Never” (1971) with one of her most famous and inspiring lines: “[a] Dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is the reality.”
Happy Birthday Olivia!
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Don't think you have to balance life. Just enjoy life and life will balance itself.
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There are more people than politicians. Each one of us has the power to convince the world if we believe in ourselves. We'll make it.
About 2 days ago from Yoko Ono ☮️🏳️'s Twitter via Buffer
I carry sad and delightful memories, which gives me wisdom and power.
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I kept glancing the mirror to see if I was in peace. I was. In the end, I realized that I had given myself a peaceful day, even though the newspapers were reporting violence after violence in the world.
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Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. At 85 years young, Ono is already plotting her next album… It is not too late to change the world. We need Yoko now more than ever.
Warzone will be in stores on October 19 on Chimera Music, the label run by Sean Ono Lennon. Leading up to the release date, Yoko will be releasing a new song each Tuesday on her website ImaginePeace.com and on streaming services.
Featured image by Matthew Placek.
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