“Paul was listening to playback of the song while holding a copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha in his lap. Paul began tapping along on the cover and decided that the sound of the book, in fact, would make a nice addition. Ken Scott then carefully positioned a microphone over Longfellow’s epic poem and recorded Paul tapping out a rhythm on the book’s hardcover.”
It’s a gutsy, controversial thing for Yoko to do, but she’s never been known for shying away from making bold statements. She says she wants to make a statement about violence, which is legitimate and important. I wonder though, whether her grief process is the more prominent reason behind this. Having been widowed at a young age, I understand that sometimes we need to hang on to seemingly strange items…items that help us ‘remember’ the ‘reality’ of the death. This is especially true when the death was violent and sudden, or when the person was relatively young at the time of their death. Clothing with that much blood on it smells really, really bad, so it’s likely that she’s never even opened the bag and has kept it only as a coping tool.
It may seem macabre to many of us, but for her it may be a sort of symbol of her love for her husband, and of her loss. I’m skeptical that anyone who looses someone they deeply love to violence ever really comes to terms with it. It damages them, and their outlook becomes different from ‘the rest of the world’. If the exhibit bothers people, they should simply avoid it and keep their opinions private. If she needs to exhibit her husband’s bloody clothing, worn at the moment of his death, then we should respect that and honor both of them. We don’t really have any right to tell her how to grieve, or to publicly criticize her grief.