A Case Of You

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 07 2015

Category: Uncategorized

17 Comments

On this day, in 1943, Roberta Joan Anderson was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada.  We all know her by her more  famous name, Joni Mitchell.  She’s a talented songwriter, and Rolling Stone has called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”.  In addition, she plays numerous instruments, including guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, auto-harp, and bass guitar.  She has her roots in folk, but over her career, she has melded and infused jazz, R&B, and classical music into her repertoire.  She’s been associated with, written for, or performed with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, The Band, and Wayne Shorter, to name a few.

Obviously, she’s iconic and one of the most recognizable voices ever.  But she’s also a staunchly independent artist, being sole producer of most of her albums, including all of her work in the ’70’s, which was her most successful period commercially.  A talented artist, referring to herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance”, she also designed her own album cover art throughout her career.

But her songwriting is what she’s most admired and lauded for.  She credits much of her songwriting inspiration to a sad chapter of her young life.  Left by a boyfriend while pregnant and penniless, she put a daughter up for adoption in 1964.  The baby was born in Toronto, and remained a private matter until disclosed by an ex-roommate of Mitchell’s from art school, in a tabloid magazine article in 1993.  The mother and daughter were reunited in 1997, and after this meeting, Mitchell decided to no longer song write and produced her final studio album, Shine, that year, although a compilation album, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced, was released in 2014.

In fact, her songwriting is what led David Crosby to bring her to Los Angeles.  She had been writing and playing gigs in Canada, Michigan, and New York since 1964, but was truly “discovered” in Coconut Grove, FL in the late ’60’s by the aforementioned Crosby.  That move to LA set off string of commercial success throughout the ’70’s.  Her 1971 album, Blue, was rated the 30th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone.  She has garnered numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.  She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honor for performing arts, in 1996.  Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.  She’s received 8 Grammy Awards, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, with her first Grammy in 1969 and her latest in 2008.  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, although, in a typically anti-establishment move, she did not attend the ceremony.

So Happy Birthday to one of musics all-time iconic figures.  She’s certainly one of the most influential, important, and even inspirational songwriters and musicians of her time.

My songs of the day are:

“Free Man In Paris”

“Help Me”

“Chinese Cafe”

“Woodstock”

“Little Green”

17 comments on “A Case Of You”

  1. WOW! How nice she found her daughter! Hope the same will happen for Om, finding his sister.

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  2. Thank you for this post! My favorites lately (they change yearly, it seems) have been “Passion Play,” “Carey,” and “River.”

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    • She speaks to most of us in some way or another, depending on what’s going on in our lives. Terrific songwriter! She’s an all-time great, and I love that she bucked the establishment and didn’t kiss ass! She’s pretty friggin’ cool! 🙂

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  3. She’s absolutely incredible

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  4. She got a Swedish music award in 1996.
    Joni Mitchell | Polar Music Prize
    http://www.polarmusicprize.org/laureates/joni-mitchell/

    Everytime I see the name Joni Mitchell I think of the song Both sides now.

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  5. love her voice…..kat

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  6. I always liked Jon, you have given me a few new songs to listen to, thanks!

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