Chelsea Morning: Joni

Today Joni Mitchell is 71 so I have posted some of favorite songs. This one is my all time favorite. The Clouds album was with me in Ghana, and I think I listened almost every night. My friends Bill and Peg and I always saw the oranges as green, like the ones in the markets in Ghana. The imagery in this song is so amazing: “with the sun through yellow curtains” is one, but my favorite is, “And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses.”

Happy Birthday, Joni!

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13 Comments on “Chelsea Morning: Joni”

  1. im6 Says:

    Oh, thank goodness — it’s only Joni’s birthday. When I saw my email notifications that you’d posted to the blog, there were all these Joni song titles and I thought, “Oh no! Joni died!” Gruesome? Morbid? No doubt, but I’ve gotten to that age where the obituaries are one of the first things I check in the news. Just like my parents and grandparents used to do. Happy BIRTH day, Joni!

    • katry Says:

      I don’t blame you for thinking she might have died. Lately we have lost several singers and musicians, but luckily, not Joni.

      I check the local obits as well but mostly to see how old the people were. The average age is in the 80’s.

  2. Hedley Says:

    “Court and Spark”, “The Last time I saw Richard” “Raised on Robbery” “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter” …I am sure that there are lots of others.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Joni, Tom Scott and the LA Express – maybe on OGWT

    • greg mpls and washington Says:

      that was a great concert….a different joni than I was used to, but one I liked..

    • katry Says:

      I hear that voice and it can be nobody but Joni. She has such a way with chords and notes. Her jazz rhythms are amazing.

      As with Greg, after the first few notes, tI heard a different Joni than usual. I too like her.

  4. Spaceman Says:

    When you think of folk music, Joni M. comes to mind directly

  5. J Says:

    You might enjoy her ’90’s take on “Summertime”:

    • katry Says:

      I hadn’t heard this before. Joni has that jazzy sound on this song. She doesn’t hit the high notes the way she used to, but I con’t care This is a great sing for Joni!

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