Travels with Joni
Conflicting reports about the condition of Joni Mitchell give serious cause for concern. Joni's music has been a constant in my life for more years than I care to remember. Two years ago, with ironic tongue in cheek, I quoted her lyric of how "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" in a post describing the ecological rape of the laid back surf & spliff Berber village of Tamraght in southern Morocco. That post showed a photo of a mechanical digger working on an unidentified building project. A few weeks ago I returned to Tamraght to find that the diggers had finished their work, and had built...... the parking lot seen above. A post in 2009 described how in 1970 Joni took a career break and spent time in Europe, where she composed many of the songs on her, arguably, greatest album Blue. The lyrics of Carey on that album refer to the seaside village of Matala in the south of Crete where she lived with in caves with an alternative community during the summer of 1970. A few years later I visited Matala with my then wife-to-be, and by the mystical synchronicity that haunts this blog, I will be returning to the south coast of Crete with my (same) wife in a few weeks, for the first time in forty years. Joni's album Both Sides Now, which she cut in 2000 with Vince Mendoza, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine and others, plays as I write. Let's hope there are more "Rows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air" to come.
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