Here I go again, writing about Yoko Ono.
Yoko Ono’s album It’s Alright (I See Rainbows) followed Season of Glass, her first album after John’s death. Season of Glass was a cathartic, angry album which depicted on the cover John’s shattered, bloody glasses on a table, by a window in their Dakota apartment, overlooking Central Park. Next to the glasses a glass of water half-full or half-empty, depending on your view. Yoko said that the glasses were to remind people that he was murdered, a fact she felt had become whitewashed in everyone’s universal grief.
The catharsis continued with It’s Alright (I See Rainbows), a synth-heavy album with an amazing title track . Yoko recalled about writing the song:
“I was saying it’s all right when it was not all right at all. There was a bomb scare so there was one day I couldn’t even go to the studio because they said, Don’t go to the studio and you can’t stay in the corridor, so you have to be in this hotel. And I wrote It’s Alright in this hotel room while we were supposed to be hiding from a bomb or something. And Sean was there, too. And I was writing this song on the piano: “bum, bum, it’s alright.”
The song begins with a recording of Sean Lennon, then 7 years old, trying to wake up his mother. Sean ended up recording the song two years later for the Yoko Ono tribute album Everyman Has A Woman, which had a truly impressive line-up, including Harry Nilsson, Roberta Flack, and Elvis Costello. It was his debut as a recording artist.
This track is pure buoyancy. “It’s alright, it’s alright…I wish I could say it in different languages!”
And check out this video of Sean’s version from Night Flight, the video show you watched in the eighties if you didn’t have cable.