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 Feb 1: Signed edition of new book sold out

The signed edition of the Joni Mitchell: Complete So Far book sold out in a matter of minutes. There were only 50 copies. The unsigned books will come available soon. Click through at this link to save money on the book, and help support the website at the same time.
 

 Dec 17: Coming late January 2014: Joni Mitchell -- Complete So Far

Joni Mitchell: Complete So Far contains 167 songs drawn from her 18 landmark studio albums. The songs and lyrics are transcribed accurately and include Joni’s critical guitar tunings (over 40 are cataloged in the book). This collectible hard cover, 512 page book contains a beautiful photo section, a foreword about Joni’s ground breaking guitar style and an extensively cross-referenced Tuning Index for those in search of a deeper understanding of her approach to guitar.

Retail price is $64.99.
50 limited autographed editions will also be available for $300 each.

Order your copy here, through the website - save money and help support JoniMitchell.com at the same time!
 

 Dec 11: Joni Mitchell Ballet Postponed

The Joni Mitchell World Premiere Ballet presented by Alberta Ballet has been postponed. Joni Mitchell has come to the conclusion that she cannot produce a song list that encompasses all that she needs to say about the theme of Love in one ballet. Joni Mitchell has never been known for compromising when it comes to her art and music, and this is no exception.
 

 Jul 1: Dates announced for new ballet

Following their internationally acclaimed 2007 mega-hit ballet The Fiddle and Drum, music legend Joni Mitchell and Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître are reuniting once again. Inspired by the greatest love songs she has ever written, this world premiere will be a profound meditation on the theme of Love. It will be a poignant reminiscence as well as a deep and personal reflection on her entire career as a composer, a poet and a visual artist.
CALGARY: MAY 1-3, 2014
EDMONTON: MAY 9-10, 2014
 

 Jun 27: "This Rain" - new poem

Joni recited a new poem at the Luminato festival last week. The poem is based on the writings of Emily Carr and is part of one of Carr's journals. Thanks to Catherine McKay (with assistance from Vincenzo Mancini) for the transcription.

Is this the wettest place on earth?
My little fire is sputtering.
Oh, now my hot water bottle's gone and burst,
And I'm mean mad about it
And I'm muttering
Soggy biscuits!
Boggy sheets!
The bucket brimming where the canvas leaks.
I smack my dogs for muddy feet.
Oh, this rain, this rain
will not retreat.

That painting I made yesterday -
Who would want to look at it?
It's just a mess!
The greens and greys.
I threw a stupid book at it.
I'd hoped to capture tree-souls in paint.
But hope! That's for idiots and saints.
My trees are incomplete.
Oh, this rain, this rain will not retreat

I wish I had a real good pal,
Someone I could stand to listen to.
I don't care - a guy, a gal,
Just someone who could stand me too.
If I was nicer, less astute,
Less compelled to spew the truth...
For truth is seldom soft and sweet,
And this rain, this rain, this relentless rain
This rain, this rain
Will not retreat.

All big cities make me sick,
Except New York, I don't know why.
Big buildings stretching up brick by brick.
Like my cedar groves, they scrape that sky.
It doesn't rain like this back there.
Oh, it rains enough, just enough to wash the air
and sweep a little litter off the street.
But THIS rain, oh,
This rain will not retreat

I wrote this poem for Emily Carr,
Though she's been dead for quite some time.
Most of these words are hers,
But some are mine.
I made them rhyme.

This rain,
This rain,
Oh, this nasty rain
This rain, this rain.


© Joni Mitchell
 

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 Joni Mitchell's 70th Birthday Tribute, Hood River, OR, April 18

Woman of Heart and Mind: Joni Mitchell's 70th Birthday Tribute Concert is set for Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians, this is a true celebration to Joni Mitchell and her 70 years (and counting).

Featuring folk-funk-blues diva Anne Weiss (Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco), rock-folk artist Kris Deelane (Adam & Kris), The Decemberists (guest singer), The Sharp Little Things, soul-jazz chanteuse Bre Gregg (Midnight Honey, Bre Gregg Band) and folk-poet Paula Sinclair (Paul Sinclair Band, Discovering William Stafford).

This year, they have added J.P. Garau who is one of the first call pianists for the Northwest’s best, including Patrick Lamb and Ellen Whyte.

Women of Heart and Mind features two sets of Joni Mitchell’s finest creations. The first set is a mish mash of some of her most poignant tunes, including Help Me, Last Time I Saw Richard, Coyote, Free Man in Paris and Both Sides Now.

The second set features covers of every song from Mitchell's most popular album, "Blue" which was released in 1971. "Blue" was the artist's fourth album and it is iconic in the minds and hearts of her millions of fans.

Tickets are available at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.
 

 The Joni Project w/Edel Meade - Dublin April 19

The Joni Project (Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly), will be performing 'All I Want', 'A Case Of You', 'Big Yellow Taxi', ‘Free Man In Paris’ and more at Chancery Lane Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
 

 Back to the Garden w/Melissa Hammans - NYC - April 23

Back to the Garden celebrates folk-rock trailblazers Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro. Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music industry, they bravely explored territory outside the accepted confines of popular music. These prolific singer-songwriters paved the way for women in music, art and life. Back to the Garden pays tribute to these women, their influence and inspiration. Featuring Melissa Hammans (Company, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Shaleah Adkisson (Hair, Rent), and Maddy Wyatt (Band of Wyatt). Music Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby.) Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ Girls, Broadway Backwards). More info
 

 The Joni Project w/Edel Meade - Dublin April 25

The Joni Project (Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly), will be performing 'All I Want', 'A Case Of You', 'Big Yellow Taxi', ‘Free Man In Paris’ and more at Chancery Lane Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
 

 Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Ann Arbor, MI, May 1

 The Joni Project w/Edel Meade - Copenhagen, May 8

The Joni Project (Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly), will be performing 'All I Want', 'A Case Of You', 'Big Yellow Taxi', ‘Free Man In Paris’ and more at Pilegaarden, Brönshöj, Copenhagen, Denmark.
 

 Robin and the Mutts perform HEJIRA, June 1, Carlsbad, CA

Joni Mitchell's timeless masterpiece HEJIRA performed live at a beautiful small theater with great sound. This will be a show to remember. More info here.

The band will feature:
Robin Adler - lead vocals
Dave Blackburn - guitars
Jamie Kime - guitars
Kevin Hennessy - basses
Danny Campbell - drums & percussion

with special guests:
Jeffrey Joe - harmonica
Lisa Hightower-Kibbe - harmony vocals
Sheryl Eytchison-Goodman - harmony vocals
Mo Mullins - harmony vocals
 

 The Joni Project w/Edel Meade - Galway, June 6

The Joni Project (Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly), will be performing 'All I Want', 'A Case Of You', 'Big Yellow Taxi', ‘Free Man In Paris’ and more at Monroe's, Galway, Ireland.
 
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New Music Transcriptions
Paprika Plains (piano/vocal)
   piano music by Dave Blackburn & Michael Dunn
Paprika Plains (complete score)
   piano music by Dave Blackburn & Michael Dunn
Morning Morgantown
   Guitar tablature by Attilio Songia
Court And Spark
   Guitar tablature by Sam Stone