Yoko Ono has a new album out, which,
in tribute to the freeform, eclectic spirit of her all-star band of the Õ70s
with husband John Lennon, she has credited to Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. ItÕs
called Between My Head and the Sky, and itÕs on the Chimera Music label. The albumÕs an
intriguing panoply of flavors, moods, intents and approaches, a lot of
which owes to the very modern and relevant musicians OnoÕs son Sean Lennon, acting as music director, assembled for the
recording sessions, including luminaries from the worlds of avant-jazz,
electronic pop and progressive-leaning indie rock such as Yuka Honda of
Cibo Matto, Tokyo sound-collage wiz Cornelius and nu-jazz cellist Erik
talked with me over the phone about the albumÕs making, and related
things. HereÕs what it sounded like:
BLUEFAT: LetÕs start with the title of
the album, Yoko. What is the significance of the words ŌBetween My Head
and the SkyĶ?
ONO: That is where
my inspiration is.
have an interesting lyric in which you say, ŌThis line is connected to a
important that itÕs between my head and the sun. You know, many people
think that theyÕre getting a message from the sky, a vision or something
Ņ they think that then they just go ahead with what they want to do. But
my expression is in between the sky and my head.
Did you have an
initial concept for this new album beyond an articulation of that