Sunday, February 14, 2010

Joni Mitchell

Watching the Opening Ceremonies Friday night I was transfixed when I heard Joni Mitchell sing her contemporary version of Both Sides Now. I remember when the original came out in the late 1960s. The mature rendition is better.

There is no musical artist who captures the essence of my soul more than Joni Mitchell. As a young person she sang what I was thinking. Every other group and artist was a distant second to Joni Mitchell.

I had her albums and if a record could ever be worn out, I wore hers out.

Joni Mitchell was the face of the 60s.

When you saw Joni Mitchell you saw us. We were young and idealistic and rebellious and wanted peace. We were confused and angry and afraid.

Growing older most of us gave in and found jobs, conformed, went to work, got mortgages, made car payments and mowed lawns. But Joni Mitchell was always there. For me, she was the sound of my conscience.

But of all the songs she wrote and performed, Both Sides Now is my favorite. It is truly the story of my life, such as it is.

I've looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose, and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall.
I really don't know life at all.

Take 7 minutes out of your life and listen to magic ... and perhaps a bit of your conscience, too.

Thanks for stopping by .... and remember -- make love, not war.


Small City Scenes said...

"So many things I would have done
but clouds got in the way"


Peace man

Happy Heart Day.


Anonymous said...

I've always struggled with listening to her music. Love the words but her voice gets in the way for me for some reason.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Hilary said...

Her music is as beautiful.. no more so than it always was. The lyrics hover longer in this newer rendition. And of course they mean so much more at this time of life.

She and kd stole the show the other night.

Jo said...

I absolutely love Joni Mitchell's voice now. It's deep and mellow and sounds a bit like Cleo Laine.

I didn't recognize Joni singing "Both Sides Now" the other night, and it was probably the highlight of the show -- well, that and the whales. :-)

Marge said...

Boy, isn't that the truth......

I really don't know life at all.

Hauntingly beautiful performance on Friday night. Makes me think of the early days of our marriage when hubby was in the Air Force and had the threat of going to Nam hanging over his head all the time.

You got it right: make love not war.


Boise Diva said...

What memories...

Pauline said...

How very right you are - the 2010 version is so powerful. She, like us, has matured. There's so much more passion in this new version. And it will be my new favorite... thanks for sharing.

R. Burnett Baker said...

Wonderful version! Back in the 90's I think, Janet Jackson did a forgettable song, (as were so many of them in the late 80's, early 90's) where she said(sang?) "Joni Mitchell doesn't lie!"

No, she doesn't. And never did.

Few can match the poetry, artistry, and emotion of Joni Mitchell. One of my favorite Joni albums is a live album "Miles of Aisles."

Thanks for sharing!


Ross Eldridge said...

Hallo there, Russell,

Joni reached out beyond the Americas, even in the 1960s. Even in the UK, buzzing as it was with Beatles, and rocked by Rolling Stones, we had a Chelsea Morning, and a King, and Songs to Seagulls.

In the 1970s I recall being hypnotized by Summer Lawns, playing those snakes over and over.

How can one have a favourite song by Joni? Possibly The Refuge of the Road. Or is it When All the Slaves are Free?

Joni's voice ... The whisky and cigarettes have given it a warmer quality.

One goes out to hear the Beatles and the Stones, and that is fine. One comes home to Joni.



Essie said...

Joni Mitchel is my favorite. I love her. My mom always played her music. I love that Joni is a REAL musician and singer with actual talent. She did not use sexuality and glamor to make it like a lot of these "musicians" like Jewel who have sold their bodies to get record deals. (not that Joni Mitchel isn't sexy) She i a real woman with a real voice, and I've always loved her for that.