Yoko Ono, widow of murdered Beatle John Lennon, turns 80 years old today, and she sends a birthday wish to all her fans. The artist and activist writes by email on Monday, Feb. 18, to the Huffington Post, that her wish for everyone is: “To stay alive, healthy and wise, and dance together in peace and love. yoko.”
And for anyone interested in dancing, the octogenarian released a sound track “Hold Me,” earlier this month, with producer Dave Audé. Yoko is not one to retire.
Actually, the “dance together” gesture was in response to a request from the Huff Post, but the sentiment is pure Yoko, and millions of fans and Beatle fans will appreciate it. Initially a Japanese artist, Yoko Ono has broadened her interests to include the world peace movement, in honor of the memory of John Lennon.
Love and peace and unity have been her message all along, even during the years when people accused her of breaking up the greatest band of all times. Yoko Ono and John Lennon devoted their time and their lives to peace and love, in an era when the words became meaningless hippie catchwords. But their earnestness always lit the way.
Now it seems impossible that Yoko Ono could be 80 – the same age as the Golden Gate Bridge. It must be a reason to dance.