A few years back, when The Telegraph named The 60 Greatest Female Singer-Songwriters of All Time, Joni Mitchell’s name was at the top of the list. While lists like that are largely meaningless, being, as they are, primarily designed to create controversy and boost readership, it’s hard to argue against that ranking.
Most people first heard of Joni Mitchell when she released “Both Sides Now,” which came out almost 50 years ago.
Joni Mitchell is 73 today. As Sandy Denny—another great singer-songwriter—wrote, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”
Joni Mitchell reflects on that in “Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody.”
Here she is, live in London in 1983, singing “Song For Sharon”:
On Wednesday, when this vile election is finally over, I plan to spend the entire day listening to her music, in an attempt to clear my palate after living in an environment polluted by a certain repulsive, short-fingered vulgarian.