Raven Jake’s Bed Peace

Now in the previous post, I mentioned that Yoko Ono is a genius, but you have to sink down into it a little bit to see what's really goin' on. It isn't obvious. The Wish Trees are a vehicle to make people examine their priorities and focus their intents. How hard are you willing to work to get what you want? That kind of thing. Pretty white tags fluttering gently in the breeze is just a bonus.

So for sure I wasn't expecting her to comment (and then have that comment snapped off in the middle – sorry about that Yoko, please come back) and that made me think about a piece she and her husband did 41 years ago that was all about action vs inaction.

It was called "Bed Peace" and also "Hair Peace," and the one of the themes was that if you weren't helping, you might as well just stay in bed and at least do no harm. Need something to do? Grow your hair. Needless to say, nobody "got it," and the Lennons were criticized as a couple of stoner idiots, and Yoko got most of the heat.

Then as now, the mainstream media was doing it's best to ignore the peace movement. John Lennon, aka The Smart Beatle, was an international superstar, and the celebrity obsessed public wanted to know every single thing that they did. As a couple, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were bigger than Jessica and Nick, Lindsay and Samantha, and Brangelina all put together, if you younger Raven Jake readers can believe that..

So they got married on Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, and then invited the press to join them on their honeymoon in room 902, the presidential suite of the Amsterdam Hilton. Since they were kinda prone to getting naked even if there was a camera around, the media knew they were in for a prurient treat. Well, when they got there, the newlyweds had the place all done up in white (recurring theme) including their matching white jammies, with signs that said "peace" over the bed. In fact, there was no damn way you could take a picture without the word PEACE showing up in it.

And everyone said, "those Lennons are total morons. I feel like staying in bed all week starting every Monday and I'm not an avant garde artist, I have to work for a living and blah blah blah." "Growing hair isn't a skill, you just leave it alone and let it do its thing, everybody knows that…." Really? Well, they figured out a way to beat the media at their own game, and use the fame factor to do some good. They put the word "Peace" in every single newspaper and on every television in the whole world, giving it an equal footing with the Vietnam War.  Even made peace seem like it might be a viable alternative. It certainly seemed like it'd be more fun. So who's an idiot? Not John and Yoko.

They did another Bed Peace in Montreal and then got back to doing some recording and advocacy work. So if you thought layin' in bed for a week was inaction, amigo, you'd be wrong. John Lennon would have been 70 on October 9, 2010.

So shout out to Yoko Ono for being right all along, even if it takes the rest of the world a while to catch up. You go, girl!

Video Footage of Bed Peace


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~ by ravenjake on June 22, 2010.

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