Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Joni

Well I have to say I was thrilled when Quinapalus shared his newfound Joni Mitchell appreciation with me. As I said in my comment to his post, she is truly among select company at the top of my all-time list. While Court and Spark is my favorite, I do want to share two others from later records:

First is "Coyote," off Hejira. This song is pretty famous; Jaco Pastorious's bass playing is legendary. It also just conjures up a beautiful "western" image for me. Montana or Wyoming or (more likely) Alberta.

The second is "Don't Interrupt the Sorrow" from The Hissing of Summer Lawns.

What's interesting for me about Joni Mitchell is that while she's forever singing about either California or Canada (and occasionally Detroit), I truly got into her while living in Boston. And almost all her music puts me back in that city, usually on my bike, out on a weekend ride. This song places me back at a specific intersection in Cambridge, about a half-mile north of Harvard Square. It's got nothing to do with the song, but Joni Mitchell will be indelibly associated with Boston for the rest of my life. (So will Jackson Browne-- ironically another Californian, but the second I hear "Late for the Sky," I'm on a hill in Roxbury.)


Quinapalus said...

Both of those links actually seem to be Coyote, I'd love to hear the other one. Summer Lawns is one of the albums I haven't really heard yet.

Coyote is actually the Joni Mitchell song I've known the longest, since she performs it on The Last Waltz. I've actually always liked it as well, I'm not sure why I never got around to checking out more of her work just based on that song.

drischord said...


Quinapalus said...

Drischord, did you notice this fascinating story:,40438/

I've been trying to figure out if there's some history of enmity between them, but a cursory internet search only brought me references to the same LA times article.