Happy 75th Birthday, Joni Mitchell

Legendary Joni Mitchell turned 75 yesterday (November 7). I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan back in the late ’60s / early ’70s when the world was bombarded with songs like her ubiquitous “Big Yellow Taxi.” Or so I thought. So many songs I liked, recorded by others, had been written by Joni, including: “Woodstock” (Crosby, Stills, & Nash), “Both Sides Now” and “Chelsea Morning” (Judy Collins), and “The Circle Game” (Buffy Sainte-Marie). Even today, I’m still discovering Joni’s songs through covers by other artists, such as Keith Harkin’s cover of “River.”

In a belated birthday tribute, I’m offering you three videos, two by Joni and one cover. The title song from Joni’s album “Blue” is a bittersweet love song. Joni’s rendition of “The Circle Game” is a hopeful song of a child’s journey to adulthood. From the thousands of covers available, I’ve chosen the glorious Laura Benanti’s “He Comes For Conversation.” Enjoy!

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Happy 75th Birthday, Joni Mitchell

  1. I’ve always been a fan of Joni Mitchell. She had such a distinctive sound and was such a talented artist. I’ve highlighted a number of her songs on Helen Vahdati’s Song Lyric Sunday prompts. I’m happy you wrote this brief tribute to her songs and her artistry. Thank you.

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