All aboard the Lennon bus
It's not uncommon for an elementary school chorus to sing a John Lennon song. It is quite the exception to the rule, however, to have Yoko Ono in the audience to hear it.
“It was good [to hear them singing],” said Ono – the Japanese artist-singer-peace activist who is also Lennon's widow. “So good.”
Ono showed up in style at PS 171 in Manhattan, alongside the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus -- which gives young, aspiring musicians the chance of a lifetime to record music and shoot videos in this state-of-the-art mobile studio.
News agency CBS asked Ono: “You probably get asked all the time to lend your support and your name and John's name to all kinds of projects. Why did you decide to support this one?”
“I think this is one of the most important ones, because the educational situation is not so good and all that,” said Ono. “So, we have to add something that's really positive.”
Ono founded the Lennon bus 16 years ago with a musician named Brian Rothschild. Each year, 250,000 kids visit this bus and another in Europe to work with its professional crew to produce a video in a single day.
“That's what music education needs in the world,” said Rothschild. “We need lightning rods, like John Lennon's name and the legacy of his life.”
If Yoko Ono is at all worried that legacy is lost on those born after John Lennon's death, she would be reassured after hearing what fifth grader Lena Habtu had to say.
“He shows that if we try really hard, we can make things peaceful and we can make the world a better place,” said Habtu. “Because I feel like if two buses can be sending this message, why can't everyone?”
“They can,” said Habtu.
A moving thought ... to imagine.
Source: Yahoo! Music