February 18 is a day on which badass women are born, from Audre Lorde to Toni Morrison. But you had to know that I couldn’t let the day pass without acknowledging the birthday of my favorite badass feminist in the entire world: Yoko Ono. [1. If you’re unsure why anyone would celebrate Yoko or call her a badass, you’re obviously new around here. But reading my series Yoko Ono: A Feminist Analysis would be an excellent way to spend her birthday.]
Today, the fabulous Ms. Ono turns 77. And she’s still rocking out hard, as evidenced by the above photo, which was taken at last night’s concert. Since 1933 she’s been subverting expectations, creating beautiful, daring, and thought-provoking art and music, advocating peace, and inspiring countless people. For that, I thank and applaud her.
Over the past couple months I’ve just begun listening to Yoko’s music, in addition to admiring her words, politics and visual art. I’ve become convinced that I was missing out on quite a lot, and that others who have found it difficult to get past her unique style have been missing out, too. I’m still a total newbie when it comes to Ono’s music, but I thought that I would celebrate today by sharing with you some of my current favorite tracks:
Kiss Kiss Kiss
Hard Times Are Over
Let Me Count The Ways
Hell in Paradise
Send your own birthday wishes to Yoko through her website, or by replying to @yokoono on Twitter. Also, please feel free to leave your own favorite Yoko tracks in the comments — as I said, I’m just starting out, so I could use the recommendations!