Coyote: Joni Mitchell

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  1. Birgit Says:

    Interesting find and new to me I think. Also a funny coincidence, this afternoon I took a random CD to check an old CD player, it was Hejira and the first song was Coyote. No time to listen to more Hejira songs, it’s one of my favorite Joni records.

    • katry Says:

      A coincidence? Maybe more! It is not one of her songs heard too often. I agree with you about Hejira.

  2. im6 Says:

    Hejira is my favorite JM album, not “one of.” (it IS hard to choose, isn’t it? A Sophie’s Choice.) I was curious about this clip and did a little research. From Rolling Stone:

    There’s so much to be said about this video, which appears in Martin Scorsese’s documentary The Rolling Thunder Revue. Mitchell sits in her beret and gold earrings while Dylan accompanies her in a fur hat. They strum their acoustic guitars as Roger McGuinn squeezes in between them. “Joni wrote this song about this tour and on this tour and for this tour,” McGuinn announces proudly, sitting back to assist on guitar. Lightfoot looms in the background in a tank top, observing next to his questionable floral wallpaper. Every line Mitchell drops is like a bomb packaged with a bow: “He picks up my scent on his fingers/While he’s watching the waitresses’ legs.”

    “Coyote” was inspired by Sam Shepard, whom Mitchell was briefly linked to during the Rolling Thunder tour. “Sam and I had a flirtation,” she said in biographer David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter. “It was like we were twins. The stars were really funny. He was born November 9 and I was born November 7. I was born beneath a really powerful sky, and I think he was, too. He’s multi-expressive. He’s a playwright and a singer and an actor and he’s good at all of them. What I think was happening was that I was forming sentences like he would’ve. Everything was creating an aversion. But for me, on coke, I found him very attractive.”

    • katry Says:

      This says it all except thank you for finding and then posting this.

      I had no background about this song nor any knowledge about Joni and Sam Shepard. I did recognize Gordon Lightfoot and I loved Dylan’s fur hat. I’m glad to know about this song.

    • Birgit Says:

      im6, thanks for background info!
      I go along with Hejira as Joni’s studio album I like the most but I love her live records just as well 🙂 As you wrote, difficult to rank.

      Btw, im6 and Kat, have you heard of Terre Roche’s new Roches collection? Some partly known live recordings but also new interesting Roches studio outtakes. All songs are in this playlist:

      • Birgit Says:

        Oh, it looks like only the first Roches song is linked here, it’s
        [youtube] /playlist?list=OLAK5uy_knOJKrUJllwGV5pyG5zQRF3jPBMnEcZYM

      • katry Says:

        Wow! This is amazing from the start, this one song. I couldn’t open the link so I had only one, a tantalizing song to hear, but it isn’t near enough. I’ll figure it out, I hope.

      • Birgit Says:

        Just put youtube(dot)com before the written playlist link-addition.
        Old recordings by Maggie and Terre. My highlight is The Colleges but the whole collection is great especially for Maggie fans like me 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Thanks!! Another day of inactivity!!

  3. im6 Says:

    Thanks, Birgit, for ANOTHER rabbit hole for me to go down! I always loved The Roches and saw them in concert several times, so this looks like something right up my alley (or down my rabbit hole, as it were!)

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