Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Are you guys music lovers? Music is so a part of my life I need it like water. I was actually a music major in college, and it’s still part of my profession at times. Mr. Lovely and I are always listening to records & the radio, making up songs, or plunking stuff out on the piano or ukulele. I really think it’s good for my soul.

Recently I’ve been on a Joni Mitchell kick. She’s not new to me; I’ve been listening to her since I figured out I was secretly a hippie, sometime in college. But I’ll leave her music for a long while and then come back to it and remember that I never should have stopped listening to it because it’s so good. I mean come on! Do you listen to Joni? It’s like she’s seen the inside of my heart. Gah.

Right now my favorite is All I Want from the Blue album. It just feels like a sunshine day with the windows open, and being young, and happy, and hopeful. Do you have reactions like that to music? These lyrics just get me:

I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun,
I want to be the one that you want to see.
I want to knit you a sweater,
Want to write you a love letter,
I want to make you feel better,
I want to make you feel free.

Her lyrics are just so simple but so true. I feel like she’s one of those artists that’s somehow able to take the things that everybody feels and express them so eloquently.

Side note: I just read back through this post and it sounds like an entry in my high school journal. So many feelings! Haha! Whatever, I’m leaving it. And while we’re on the subject, do you have any musicians or artists that just get you? I would love to know who! xoxo


9 comments

  1. Nikki on said:

    I totally feel the same way about music! Good lyrics just really stick with me. In college, I always felt like Tegan & Sara spoke to my soul (and I still love them, they’re so good).

  2. I feel like if Ingrid Michaelson was around when I was in high school I would have come through a bit less traumatized.

    • chelsea on said:

      Word. There weren’t really any lady singers doing what she does back then. She’s priceless!

  3. Mary Ann on said:

    Fun! I especially liked your end notes.

    I had a brief Joni Mitchell “jones” in high school when I worked in the record department at a discount store (yes, I am THAT old). I’m not normally drawn to female vocals, but one of the guys from the nearby sporting goods said I just had to hear it. And I had a crush on him, so…

    That’s how I discovered Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, too. Along with early LPs from Earth Wind and Fire, Steely Dan and Van Morrison. Fun to think about what we liked back then… Thanks for a quick trip down memory lane!

    (I’m still always up for anything with Van Morrison.)

    • chelsea on said:

      Totally agreed on Van Morrison! So, so good.

  4. elaine costa on said:

    I know. It’s old. But you have to hear this! Their honey voices, their smooth harmony, their sweet faces, and lyrics that are quietly crushing. Google The Mills Brothers singing “Till Then.” Written in 1944 about leaving for the war. Can’t get enough of it!

  5. Beth on said:

    I love Joni Mitchell. I too listened to her in college and then go back every once in a while and rediscover her. Music for me is the one guaranteed that can change my mood, whether it’s melancholy or excited or calm or something in between.

    • chelsea on said:

      Agreed! I love music for a mood-booster if I’m feeling bummed out. :)

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