The Hissing Of Summer Lawns: Joni Mitchell

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  1. Hedley Says:

    I was always smitten by this song and the album of the same name. Heck I have this with Court and Spark as my favorite album

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I know this is a favorite album of yours. I somehow remembered when I was posting the song.

      This is the sound of my Joni as well.

      • Hedley Says:

        It was November 1975 and I had seen Springsteen for the 2nd time at the Hammersmith Odeon. I was bank clerking but the air was alive with genius music, Little Feat’s Last Record Album, Zep Physical Graffiti, Born to Run by Bruce, Bob Marley Live at the Lyceum, Nils Lofgren, David’s Young Americans….

        And the year had started with Bob Dylan’s Masterpiece “blood on the tracks” and finished with Joni’s meisterwerk “hissing of summer lawns” rolling in November

        Hard to imagine so much great defining music in one year but 1975 was it. My resources from being a clerk could hardly keep up with it, better get the f@@@ outta here and get me an education….it would take a while but I did ….let’s give Joni the credit.

      • Hedley Says:

        Oh, and Floyd wish you were here and Emmylou Elite Hotel and Pattis Horses and (for you Kat) Kate and Anna MacGarrigle, and Dan’s Katy Lied and Fleetwood Mac

        No wonder I was a busted and broke clerk

      • katry Says:

        You know, of course, I am totally envious of all the concerts you’ve seen and the numbers of musicians who seemed to live in your neighborhood or went to your favorite bakery (okay, a bit of tongue in cheek here).

        I have been a Joni fan since the beginning. Going to Ghana I had limited space so I didn’t bring music. Now I can’t imagine leaving it behind. Well, I convinced my mother to send me a cassette player (high tech back then) and I gave her a list of albums: Peter, Paul and Mary, CSN&Y, Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel . These I played so often I remember them easily but there may have been others less popular I’ve forgotten. A volunteer’s mother sent him the sound track from Easy Rider about which we knew nothing. Patrick had no way to play the music so it became my album.

        I think I told you that on my first return to Ghana, my former students, women mostly in their early 60’s, wanted to sing Miss Ryan’s song, one they have been singing since 1971 when I left. I had no idea. They said they sing it whenever they’re together. When they started singing I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane, I was astonished and honored and I cried to think they still recognized and remembered me forty years later. I’m going again this fall. It may be my last trip as it is expensive and it takes at least 4 years for me to save enough.

        I can’t hardly wait until the fall. I love Ghana.

      • Hedley Says:

        “Leaving on a jet plane” ? Wow, perhaps you should have played your students “Thank God I’m a Country Gal”

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I had a PP&M album with me which they heard a few times and somehow memorized.

        Even now I don’t know who sang the Thank God song.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, the one the only…John Denver …jet plane and thank god I’m a country boy

      • katry Says:

        MSH,
        I can’t figure out why I didn’t remember it was John Denver. Thanks!

  2. Morpfy Says:

    wonder what if any updates on Jonis health?

    • katry Says:

      Mortify,
      I wondered the same thing when I was listening to this song. There haven’t been any updates in a while. I did find this on her website: “Chaka Khan relays good news about Joni in an interview published today: “…we’re good friends and she’s doing very well, by the way. I want everyone to know that she’s getting better and better every day.”

  3. Morpfy Says:

    Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane passed away lately

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Morpfy.

      There just seems to be a new announcement every day about our losing a music icon.

    • Ted Says:

      I wondered why WERU has been playing a lot of Jefferson Airplane today.

      Joni’s “Blue” album is incredible to me. It’s in my car’s cd player lately and I keep hearing new things from it.

      I agree with Hedley about the Court and Spark album too, and I’ll try the Hissing of Summer Lawns. I’ve never heard that one.

      Glad to hear Joni is doing better.

      • katry Says:

        Ted,
        I’m with you in thinking the album Blue is incredible. When she sings the title song, her voice even on the first note is almost breathtaking.

        I had Clouds with me in Ghana and played it just about every night and never tired of it. Sentimentally it has to be my favorite.

  4. greg washington Says:

    crazy for this album…..


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