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- Posted on Dec 8th 2011 3:59PM by Cameron Matthews
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"Now that John's a spirit, he has a different effect on people than when he was alive. Spirits talk on a pure level and don't get distracted by people saying things like, 'That's nice, but why's he wearing that?'" Though Ono admits, even though her lover's ghost exists in countless songs, records and hearts of fans, she would still prefer history in a different way. "Of course, it would still be better if John was around."
Lennon's legacy of activism remains today, from the musical spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement to the FM radio mainstays that he left behind. With a nation of divided people, Ono agrees that her husband's message of peace is more important that ever. "John was about making the world a better place. He sang 'Gimme Some Truth,' so when I see all the activism out there today, I feel like we will turn the corner soon."
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also unveiled his tribute to Lennon today through a self-designed sculpture. Starr's "knotted-gun" statue depicts a pistol that has been twisted and rendered useless and painted in dazzling tie-dye. The sculpture, unveiled at the Gibson Guitar Studio, was produced for The Non-Violence Foundation. The non-profit's goal is to promote international youth education, leadership initiatives and to stop violence worldwide. "I am doing the best I can -- how about you?" Starr asked the audience present at the event.
Ono is doing the best she can since Lennon's death to preserve her husband's memory. She has helped package Lennon's signature box set, contributed to various art homages and helped organize the yearly John Lennon Tribute concert in New York City. But it still proves difficult for Ono to sit down and listen to John's music.
"I play John's songs all the time, but mainly because [musicians] are asking if they can do this song or that ... But I don't listen for pleasure. When I do, it chokes me up to remember when it was written."