Joni Mitchell appreciation


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 16, 2010 - 02:00pm PT
Funny, Joni was one of my favorite singers when I was a teen; but I never saw her live nor on film. nada. Now, 40 years later I find her on youtube - both young and old. I seem to know more about her now then I did back in the day. Here's a couple clips. She has some pretty sharp commentary on modern America on the Charlie Rose link - and right on to my mind.

Charlie Rose interviewette

Old Pueblo, AZ
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:07pm PT
No regrets, coyote, we just come from such different sets of circumstance.

Check the Shadows and Light show from the SB Bowl. Jaco and Metheney?,
paul roehl

Boulder climber
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:19pm PT
Wow, California! is that good or what? That girl has real talent, she is much loved.

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:25pm PT
I love that woman!

Trad climber
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
Oh Canada!!

Love Love Love Love Love Love

Joni... indeed touches souls.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:50pm PT
She performed her song "Both Sides Now" for the opening ceremony for the winter Olympics, but it's not clear if it was live or recorded. They didn't show her performing, and there was something about her having been sick.

Social climber
The Greeley Triangle
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
"...making vice chic was a tremendous moral error..."
Keen observation Joni.

Feb 16, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
Joni's the quintessential artist and a goddess.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
شقوق واس
Feb 16, 2010 - 02:56pm PT
Dig the Joni. Woot!

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Feb 16, 2010 - 03:18pm PT
One affectionate bump for Joni

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Feb 16, 2010 - 03:31pm PT
"I wish I had a river, I could skate away on..."

God that California vid...
What raw talent. Unless you ever tried to sit on a stage with nothing but a little sound reinforcement. No special effects. No Bass and rhythm to hide behind. Just you!
The way she can 'hold it down' so tight, keep that energy pumping...
With just a dulcimer and her voice?
< chicken skin'n watery eyes.

What an interview...
What a women 'eh !

While living in Hawai'i and spending a lot of time with my friend 'Aunty Nona' I had a chance to enlighten her a little regarding mainstream/mainland folk music.
Aunty had this kids book that someone had given her and she really loved. It was a poem broken into many pages. There was really nice background art on each page.
I first found it one day sitting on a bottom shelf of a small rolling book case in her living room. I picked it up and started to read and immediately recognized the prose. Aunty saw it in my hands, mentioned her joy when reading it and I asked "Well then sit down and I will read it to you." She sat and listened with a growing smile. When I finished reading it (as a poem) I said to her "surely you know who wrote this don't you?" She did not recognize it...
So I picked up her ukulele and began again,
but this time I sang it ;)

Bows and flows of angel hair
and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way...


Gym climber
Feb 16, 2010 - 03:33pm PT
Wow, I have to admit I like her schlocky folk rock as much as the next guy, but she comes out with some real doozies in the interview: (my typing may not be verbatim)

"America is as perverse right now as Germany was right before WWII and our leadership was as grotesque as it was in Germany at the time every bit. Americans are as ignorant as the Germans were of the atrocities that its government commits around the world but the rest of the world knows so there's a tremendous amount of hostility but the hostility is futile because you can't stop it. . . .
the boys are weakened and the girls are grotesquely aggressive [OK, maybe she's onto something after all]"

She should stick to collecting her fat royalty checks and living the American dream, and save the social commentary for people who have the slightest idea of what they're talking about.

Edit: All I did was post a brief transcription of the interview cited by the OP, with some VERY brief commentary (some of it positive, some of it not). Commenting on what the OP put in his thread is fair game.
If anyone disagrees, she can start her own thread, and I'l stay out of it.

Edit to Philo: hey, maybe you're right, I've met plenty of wimpy American men (maybe I'm one) and super-aggressive American women. That's what JM was getting at, for better or worse.
I'm guessing you didn't even listen to the interview before you wrote your post?

Mountain climber
Anywhere I like
Feb 16, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
whatever to the above boulderite dribble, that woman is a goddess, plain and simple. Coyote is one of the best songs I have ever heard

edit: this is an appreciation thread

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 16, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
She knows more of what she speaks than 95% of the mouth breathers on American media.

Social climber
Feb 16, 2010 - 04:31pm PT
....and she speaks so many different ways!
Joni Mitchell ~ Circle Game
Great album with Tom Scott and L.A. Express

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 16, 2010 - 04:34pm PT
Hate to tell you, blahblah, but Joni Mitchell is Canadian. She lives about half of each year in Canada, and half in the US, but is still a Canadian citizen.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 16, 2010 - 05:34pm PT

I could drink a case of her. . . .

A long way from where I started
Feb 16, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
We're in her home town right now. She grew up here in Saskatoon just like I did, at pretty much the same time. But I somehow missed out on whatever it was that gave her what she has.

There's a painting of her on the bus kiosk just outside my father's apartment block.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 16, 2010 - 07:45pm PT
Supposedly, she wrote "Michael From the Mountain" for Mike Covington.

A brilliant climber, superb musician and wild driver, from Colorado, he entertained the lads in the Valley on many occasions. From Glen Denny's Yosemite:

copyright Glen Denny
copyright Glen Denny
Credit: guido


Social climber
Feb 16, 2010 - 08:20pm PT
Ghost: Don't feel bad... the good stuff of either of my parents missed me by miles.
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