Blue: Joni Mitchell

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  1. Hedley Says:

    And so Joni married Chuck at the Mitchell’s home somewhere in Rochester Michigan. I have never worked out where it is but I dont think it was next door to Madonna’s childhood home. The last time Joni saw Richard was Detroit in 68 and….

    My buddy and I were wandering the High Street in Columbus last saturday in search of a Bob Dylan limited edition 7″ single and the conversation turned to Joni – Court and Spark was the high point we agreed.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That was a long way from her own home.

      Clouds is my favorite album more for sentiment than anything else because it was with me in Africa and I played it all the time. I had one of those classic rectangular cassette recorder and an adaptor which an electrician had to rig with an added red bulb so I could use it directly from the wall outlet despite Ghanaian current. It was festive!

  2. Birgit Says:

    I have no clue where Madonna’s childhood home is, but this may help:
    “they married in 1965 on the front lawn of his parents’ house just off Tienken Road in Rochester” (source: )
    and there may be a small river in the background of the 3rd picture?:
    Just checked my printed biographies, but they only mention the “tenament castle” (the Verona apartments) near Wayne State University. 70 Dollar, 5th floor (web) or 6th floor (book).

    Court and Spark? Im my opinion it’s the Shadows and Light era, though I listen to Hejira more often for sentimental reasons. I was a huge fan but I stopped following her music with the late orchestral phase around 2000, too boring. Last attempt was disappointing Shine.

    The song Blue (not the album) is one of my early Joni favorites.

    • katry Says:


      I don’t know Madonna’s home either, and I have no idea where in Michigan Rochester happens to be.

      Blue just happened to fit with my blue crayon today. Other than Clouds, a sentimental, favorite I’d be hard pressed to chose a favorite, but I do agree with you about her later orchestral phase. I like the early Joni’s far more.

      • Hedley Says:

        Rochester Michigan is about 20 miles north of Detroit and the MDHs have lived in the community for the last 32 years. Right now in Oakland Township which has a Rochester zip
        Tieneken crosses E/W and likely was rural with farm houses.
        Madonna grew up in a regular home south of Tienken and just east of Brewster and attended the very excellent Adams High School
        Barry Sanders lived 10 houses down for his career.

        Birgit and Kat….it’s Court and Spark :-), Rochester is a lovely community. The downtown Christmas lights are on and are fab

  3. Kat Says:

    Such a famous neighborhood which can now boast the MDHs!

    Love Court and Spark!!

  4. im6 Says:

    I think I’ve mentioned this here before, but, like Birgit, I’m a “Hejira” fan. Where I disagree is on the merits of the orchestral stuff. I’m a real fan of “Travelogue” and “Both Sides Now.” I’m not saying it’s better than the early stuff — just different, more mature. But then I seem to always be on the fringes here at KTCC 😉

    • Kat Says:

      No, I do agree her later stuff is the music of her maturity. Her voice has changed over the years, and because of the smoking it is just different.

      I think I prefer the early Joni because that was my first introduction to her, and it stays with me.

    • Hedley Says:

      Isn’t Hejira music for Coyotes ?

  5. Bill S. Says:

    I liked the Clouds album, but loved the Blue album. We played it practically non-stop in Bolga during our third year. I guess everyone likes the music of their generation, and when the artist changes or “matures”, he or she develops a new audience. Last summer we saw James Taylor in concert, and he and his music have not changed very much. Our first intro to him was also in Bolga, when one of the new volunteers had his first tape (Sweet Baby James?), and he was like a breath of fresh air.

    • Kat Says:

      During your first year in Bolga we played my Clouds album endlessly on that little cassette. We stopped the tape a few times arguing over the words, “Incense owls by night,” from Chelsea Morning. We also took turns rewinding it with a Bic pen.

      You must have brought back the Blue album when you went home in-between as it was released in 1971.

      I still love Sweet baby James.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Little Green, on Joni’s Blue album was about Joni’s daughter, given up for for adoption..
    I love Blue and all her albums. It would be difficult to pick my favorite.

    • Kat Says:

      I’m with you in having difficulty picking my favorite if we take sentiment out of the mix. I know it will be among her earlier albums.

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