Chelsea Morning: Joni Mitchell

Believe it or not, Joni Mitchell turned 70 yesterday. I totally forgot until I was reminded by my long time Coffee friends who know she is my favorite. This is about my favorite song. It isn’t her best song, but for me it is filled with memories, cherished memories.

I had the album Clouds with me in Ghana and played it just about every night. I never tired of it. The beautiful imagery in this song is filled with my memories of Ghana, of the portraits of the day: green oranges in bowls, papers lying waiting to blow away and the street paved with passersby in bright cloths. Ghana filled my senses. Joni knew: “The sun flowed in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses.”

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15 Comments on “Chelsea Morning: Joni Mitchell”

  1. Hedley Says:

    “Woke up in a basement flat in Moore Park Road
    my 61 Triumph Herald was parked out side
    Walked down to Fulham Broadway and on the District Line
    I did ride”

    I have to guess that Joni was thinking about the other Chelsea and not the area around Stamford Bridge – but I do remember fondly my Chelsea mornings.

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      This song does conjure so many memories for us all. I too think of your Chelsea when I hear this.

      The Clintons named their daughter after this song. I always thought that was neat.

  2. Caryn Says:

    I saw Tom Rush a million years ago at the Stoneham town hall. His cover of Urge for Going had gotten a bit of popularity and he was just about to release his first electric album.
    Joni Mitchell played with him for a couple of songs that night. It was the only time I saw her.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      Wow, I would have loved to see Tom and the added bonus of Joni, and at home too!

      I remember when Gy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians played at the town hall every year as a benefit for St. Pat’s parish. He was a friend to one of the priests. That’s where we made our record with him.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I’m late to the Joni party. It’s past 3 am and I just returned home from Cologne where I’ve heard singing green aliens.
    Clouds was the first Joni album I’ve heard and I didn’t like it very much at first. That changed quickly. Though I love Folk-, Pop- and Jazz-Joni and my favorite album is Hejira, it’s the simple song Tin Angel that is special and makes me feel like coming home.
    (I don’t know how to describe it better in English, I’m too tired now.)
    Oh, just in case you are curious, here are the aliens:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV8TzXwOPbs

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That is a late night, but I figure it had to have been fun. The aliens are great-Don’t Fence Me In gave me a chuckle.

      I don’t know how I first found Joni, but I was hooked from the start. Clouds came out about a month before I left for Ghana so I bought it. I know what you mean by Tin Angel, but then again that whole album is special to me.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Whoever is interested in background information to some of her songs might want to watch the now released Hits&Misses-Promo video:

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit

      I’ve watched the first few minutes and will definitely finish it. That’s a great Joni look and one I remember.

    • im6 Says:

      Thanks so, so much, Birgit, for the link to that video (you’re really on top of things to have found it so quickly!). I’ve been a fan of Joni from the very beginning and it’s always nice to be reminded why and what it was about her that so captivated the young me and what continues to captivate the old me. I’d forgotten just how beautiful she was (still is, in a much more mature way) and how she practically embodies what was considered beautiful back in the late 60s, early 70s. That trademark long blonde hair! And, oh, how effortless it was for her to sing so beautifully. I was also struck by the fact she was shown wearing dresses so often. I don’t think I ever noticed that and how her image (to me) is a much more casual one (I’d have thought jeans and peasant tops would have been her style). I particularly enjoyed the video because it reminded me how much I like “Come In From The Cold” (and what a good song I believe it to be — one of her best “later” songs). Finally, the video was such a good reminder that not only can Joni sing and write, but she’s also such a tremendously talented painter. Oh how I’d love to own a Joni Mitchell original!

      • Birgit Says:

        im6, the video link find is not my merit, it was at ilovejonimitchell.tumblr.com . I just thought it was worth spreading. I rarely listen to albums after Mingus, but my favorite song from that period is “A Bird That Whistles (Corinna, Corinna)”. Listening to this song feels like flying.

  5. Cuidado Says:

    I’m always a day late for the party. Joni is my favorite too. I have too more. Aretha and Van, two more who only need one name. My favorite Joni song is a bit odd because it a song from her early days but written for an older woman. Both Sides Now done in her later years, on the album of that title, made me cry the first time I heard it. Happy belated birthday, Joni.

    This week is filled to the brim with celebrations of friends and relatives. Today for instance is my aunt and uncles 50th anniversary. It is my friend’s birthday and her anniversary today as well. She and her husband married on her 40th birthday. The aunt who is celebrating her 50th anniversary today had her birthday on Wednesday, along with three other friends. Joni’s day too. I’m overwhelmed. I have been ordering flowers and arranging presents for weeks.

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      The party never stops so you are on time whenever. I also love Both Sides Now. I first heard Judy Collins sing it then Joni, and I fell in love with Joni’s version of her own song. I still like Judy but Joni’s voice is magnificent.

      I have become far less social since I retired. I do trivia once a week, out to breakfast every Monday, a movie every now and then and Amazing Race with my friends, but I seldom go to celebrations any more. They are so few. I find being home suits me, but your events are such milestones I’d go and enjoy the festivities too..

      • Cuidado Says:

        I live far away from my aunt and uncle. I’ve sent then a card and a homemade cd and arranged delivery of a floral arrangement. The other couple I saw and delivered gifts and cards earlier in the week during chores. No exciting social life here.

      • katry Says:

        Cuidado,
        I don’t live near relatives. My sister in Colorado has milestones and I call and send cards and, depending on the occasion, gifts.

        I am not one for parties but I like get togethers with my friends. That is about it for social.


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