Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Goldie Hawn - Carey

I just learnt from Rolling Stone that Goldie Hawn released an album in 1972 and it included a cover of Carey:


Monday, 4 May 2015

Robert Downey Jr - River

via Bob Lefsetz, I've just discovered that Robert Downey Jr did a heartfelt cover of River when he was on Ally McBeal:

Linda Ronstadt's cover of River

from her 2000 album A Merry Little Christmas

Friday, 9 January 2015

Carole King was recording “Tapestry” this week in 1971. Joni Mitchell was doing “Blue” in the room next door...

...according the Tumblr of David Hepworth's forthcoming book http://1971neveradullmoment.tumblr.com/

Here's a photo from the day Mitchell and James Taylor did the backing vocals for “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” at A&M Studios in Hollywood:



Thursday, 6 November 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sean O'Hagan article in the Observer

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/26/joni-mitchell-blue-hissing-summer-lawns-court-spark-hejira-dylan

Sean's argument is that Joni's five albums from Blue to Hejira surpass the work of her contemporaries, but the best thing about the article was this comment which, like the comments on the Matala blog, make me wish, and feel like, I was there.

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Ten Joni Mitchell Songs Everyone Should Know by CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/books/2014/09/the-10-joni-mitchell-songs-everyone-should-know.html - not including A Case Of You - hmm.

Mine would be:

1. A Case Of You
2. River
3. Carey
4. Blue
5. The Last Time I Saw Richard
6. California
7. All I Want
8. My Old Man
9. Big Yellow Taxi
10. Both Sides Now

Monday, 5 May 2014

Tourist

The electronic musician Tourist included Carey in his Bedroom Mix on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show last night.

He raved about Joni at some length and said "I've always loved Joni Mitchell. I don't know why she speaks to me so much but she really does." [me too]

"She is the yardstick by which all musicians should be judged."

"This is a song about being reunited with a friend who's been away from some time" [it's not, but still]

"I just love the way she sings, the way she intonates between the two notes, is beautiful."

Annie confessed that she needed an education in Joni (get on it Annie), and Tourist told her that "Blue is the perfect introduction".

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Jamie Scott the songwriter on Blue, quoted in Music Week

Talking about the music his parents listened to, Music Week say:

'One album that still stands out to him from that time is Joni Mitchell’s Blue, the first he can remember his mum playing. “That’s kind of my Holy Grail as a songwriter,” he says. “I just really love writing music and it’s all about lyric and melody to me and truth and
honesty and that is why [One Direction hit] Story Of My Life has done so well because it’s an honest song. It’s not trying to be anything other than it’s a really honest song about life and everything can connect to it and that is really why I hold Blue up as the Holy Grail of albums because you couldn’t get anything more honest.

“That album got me into Carole King, got me into Tapestry. It really opened the door to a load of music for me. When I think of music I think of  Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor. I think of these singer songwriters who sit down and write really honest music.”'

Saturday, 9 November 2013

HAze - River

nice new cover

The Arts Desk on the best of Joni Mitchell

featuring several songs from Blue (including This Flight Tonight, surprisingly), and Elvis Costello's biographer discussing what an influence Blue was on him:

http://www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/listed-best-joni-mitchell

Friday, 12 July 2013

Clare Maguire covers The Last Time I Saw Richard

When I first heard Clare's demos they were heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell, but by the time she made her debut album, that influence was not so evident

Thursday, 13 June 2013

more about the interview below and the effect Blue had on people

Joni says: "If you listen to that music and you see me, you're not getting anything out of it. If you listen to that music and you see yourself, it'll probably make you cry and you'll learn something about yourself, and now you're getting something out of it.

"When I realised how popular I was becoming it was right before Blue and I thought 'Oh my god, a lot of people are listening to me. Well then they'd better find out who they're worshipping. Let's see if they can take it. Let's get real.' So I wrote Blue which horrified a lot of people and then it created a lot of attention that was really weird and so then I bought a property in British Columbia and dropped out. Because what had happened is they're looking at me, and all I've done is reveal human traits but they haven't seen themselves in it. At the point that they see themselves in it, the communication is complete. At the point where they're looking at me it's like taste of blood, it's like Marilyn Monroe on a tightrope or something.

"Blue is considered a classic now, but at the time? No, they were horrified. Kris Kristofferson went 'Joni, keep something of yourself'. Johnny Cash said 'The world is on your shoulders'. The game was to make yourself larger than life; don't reveal anything human, and my thing was why? It has been done in film. But the trouble is, I'm the playwright, I'm the actress, and I want them to look at the play and see past it, but it's such an intimate art form and I'm revealing so much of it that all the attention is going to me, which is insane from my point of view, because you're not going to get anything out of it if you look at me. You've got to see yourself in it, otherwise it has no value."

The New Yorker article she refers to about a "black woman" (Zadie Smith) learning to love Blue is here.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

a new interview with Joni Mitchell on Canadian TV

CBC say "This week we were excited to present Jian's broadcast exclusive interview with Joni Mitchell in advance of her tribute concert, "Joni: A Portrait in Song" at Toronto's Luminato Festival.

We've just posted video of the revealing interview inside Mitchell's Los Angeles home. Watch Mitchell open up about how she dealt with fame, her fight to remain original, and how painting shaped her approach to songwriting.

The interview will be airing on CBC on Sunday at 1pm and interview segments can be found below

Visit the Q Blog for behind-the-scenes photos and more:

http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2013/06/11/joni-mitchell-portrait-of-an-artist/"

part 1:



part 2:



part 3:

Thursday, 28 March 2013

just listening to A Case Of You because it features on James Lavelle's playlist on Spotify

No other music affects me in the way that Blue does. See below for the playlist - A Case Of You is track 83.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Joni Mitchell and Morrissey - a conversation with music




music + words, 1996
including:
you turn me on, i'm a radio
the circle game
river
the wolf that lives in lindsey
sex kills
come in from the cold
hejira
the reoccuring dream
both sides now
the magdalene laundries