Food for the Creative Spirit

Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game (Live w/ interviews, 1966)

Joni Mitchell: Chelsea Morning (Live, 1969)

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Live, 1970)

I’ve been rounding off my music collections this evening with the help of iTunes. I started with Zero 7 and José Gonzales — both of which I’ve mentioned recently — and made sure to acquire whatever song of theirs I didn’t yet have on my play-list. And then I thought it might be nice to return to some of my roots… and who better to do than with than fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell? I don’t remember a time when her voice wasn’t part of my musical landscape in one way or another, and I must admit I spent too many years during the 80’s and 90’s being mostly aloof about her music. All that jazzy experimentation really wasn’t my bag. But I’ve come full circle again and own two of her albums: Ladies of the Canyon and Court and Spark, and I decided to round that off by getting a selection of some of my favorite songs of hers from various albums. I love the fact that you can do that with iTunes. I’m treating myself tonight and getting every song I find inspiring; I can just see myself right now happily drawing and painting while listening to Joni. Songs and music to feed the creative spirit.

Update: As I listened to a good portion of Joni Mitchell’s substantial repertory, it became clear to me that I simply prefer her voice and sound in the late 60’s and early 70’s, which of course doesn’t make me a true fan, but then, the last time I was a fan of anyone, I was 16 and had a crush on a James Dean poster on my bedroom wall.

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