Dedicated to the artist known as Joni Mitchell.

"In a hundred years, when they ask who was the greatest songwriter of
the era, it's got to be her or Dylan. I think it's her. And she's a
better musician than Bob." ~ David Crosby

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Joni Mitchell

—Sugar Mountain

One of the great rock song conversations is between Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. These two Canadian singer/songwriters met early in their careers. Joni heard Neil’s Sugar Mountain and found it to be too despairing for a twenty-year old. She answered with The Circle Game. She once said:

"In 1965 I was up in Canada, and there was a friend of mine up there who had just left a rock’n’roll band (…) he had just newly turned 21, and that meant he was no longer allowed into his favourite haunt, which was kind of a teeny-bopper club and once you’re over 21 you couldn’t get back in there anymore; so he was really feeling terrible because his girlfriends and everybody that he wanted to hang out with, his band could still go there, you know, but it’s one of the things that drove him to become a folk singer was that he couldn’t play in this club anymore. ‘Cause he was over the hill. (…) So he wrote this song that was called "Oh to live on sugar mountain" which was a lament for his lost youth. (…) And I thought, God, you know, if we get to 21 and there’s nothing after that, that’s a pretty bleak future, so I wrote a song for him, and for myself just to give me some hope. It’s called The Circle Game."

However there are rare recordings of Joni singing Sugar Mountain in early concerts. It’s not the best recording but here it is…

One of the sad developments of some relationships is when they end for little reason. In a recent New York Times interview, Judy Collins revealed that Joni Mitchell no longer will speak to her. Collins was instrumental to Mitchell’s early career with Chelsea Morning, Michael of the Mountains and Both Sides Now on Collins’ albums. Collins pushed Joan Baez’s objections aside to get Mitchell on stage at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967. Collins still reaches out and tries to contact Mitchell. Even now, Collins sang Cactus Tree on her most recent release, Bohemian. But Mitchell declines to talk to her.

One of the sad developments of some relationships is when they end for little reason. In a recent New York Times interview, Judy Collins revealed that Joni Mitchell no longer will speak to her. Collins was instrumental to Mitchell’s early career with Chelsea Morning, Michael of the Mountains and Both Sides Now on Collins’ albums. Collins pushed Joan Baez’s objections aside to get Mitchell on stage at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967. Collins still reaches out and tries to contact Mitchell. Even now, Collins sang Cactus Tree on her most recent release, Bohemian. But Mitchell declines to talk to her.

(Source: memorysong)

(Source: memorysong)

Joni Mitchell & James Taylor

—California

In October 1970, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor played a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. One can sense the intimacy in their singing together.

James Taylor presents flowers to Joni Mitchell before the tribute concert for Joni.

James Taylor presents flowers to Joni Mitchell before the tribute concert for Joni.

It’s hard for me to talk about Joni because I still feel very strongly about her. I saw her recently, and she and I spent a little time talking. Not to get into what our personal relationship was like, but I’ve never seen anyone create the way she does. An aspect of that leaves another side of her life lacking. She, more than I, I think, has a need for creativity, for her art. More of a need to relieve herself, to satisfy herself, than almost anyone else I’ve ever met.

— James Taylor (Rolling Stone interview)

Joni Mitchell “Hejira”

Joni was an unscheduled performer at a June 15, 1986, concert to benefit Amnesty International. She only made four public events in 1986.

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Joni Mitchell

—For Free

In 1969, a few weeks before her appearance on the Dick Cavett Show (and writing “Woodstock”), Joni Mitchell appeared once again at the Newport Folk Festival. No longer an unknown, Joni had a short set exhibiting her increasing range as a songwriter.

At this Festival, she also led a songwriting workshop - with another emerging talent, James Taylor. She was still involved with Graham Nash but Jby the end of 1970, she and James were together.

Joni. The years. The travels. The broken heart. The weariness. The wisdom.

Joni. The years. The travels. The broken heart. The weariness. The wisdom.