The News

JoniMitchell.com has been bringing you the news on Joni since the day the website went live in 1996. It's all archived and searchable here. In addition to the news, you can find an archive of "upcoming local events of interest" that have been listed on the site as well.


    

Most Recent News and Event Items 

Oct 22, 2014: 'Joni All Day' with Lara Puglia, November 7, Reggio Emilia, Italy

A tribute to Joni Mitchell on her 71th birthday in conjunction with the record release of the album "Heart and Mind" by Lara Puglia. Master Class and concert, with Lara Puglia: voice, Roberto Monti: electric guitar, Fabio Casali: acoustic guitar. Readings by Valentina Tosi. More info here and here
 

Oct 17, 2014: Call for papers! An international symposium on the work of Joni

"Court and Spark: An international symposium on the work of Joni Mitchell" July 3rd, 2015, University of Lincoln, UK. Call for Papers! The School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln invites you to join in considering all things Mitchell. Academics, music critics, fans are encouraged to attend. Paper proposals that mix personal with critical, historical, musicological, or cultural-studies analyses are welcome. More info
 

Oct 14, 2014: New boxed set out November 17

"Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced" will be released on November 17. This is a 4-CD boxed set with 53 previously-released tracks, although the tracks have all apparently been remastered. More details as we find out!
 

Aug 29, 2014: Back to the Garden, New York City, October 4

Sat, Oct 4 9:30pm Doors 8:45pm Buy Tickets *Tickets on the day of performance after 2:00pm are only available by calling 646.476.3551.

After a sold out performance this spring, Back to the Garden returns to 54 Below! 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). Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ Girls, Broadway Backwards). Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby). More info
 

Aug 27, 2014: The Joni Project w/Edel Meade, Waterford, Ireland, Sept 5

5th September 8PM at Theatre Royal, Waterford, Ireland

Award-winning singer, Edel Meade and the legendary guitarist, Dick Farrelly pay tribute to the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell performing an eclectic blend of Mitchell's back catalogue including songs from 'Blue', 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' and 'Court and Spark'.
 

Aug 27, 2014: The Joni Project w/Edel Meade, Kilkenny, Ireland, Sept 6

6th September 2014 Doors 7.30PM Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland

Award-winning singer, Edel Meade and the legendary guitarist, Dick Farrelly pay tribute to the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell performing an eclectic blend of Mitchell's back catalogue including songs from 'Blue', 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' and 'Court and Spark'.
 

Aug 27, 2014: The Joni Project w/Edel Meade, Tipperary, Ireland, Sept 19

19th September 2014 CULTURE NIGHT 8PM at Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Award-winning singer, Edel Meade and the legendary guitarist, Dick Farrelly pay tribute to the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell performing an eclectic blend of Mitchell's back catalogue including songs from 'Blue', 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' and 'Court and Spark'.
 

Aug 2, 2014: Shadows and Light, Joni Tribute,Woodstock, NY, August 9

Featuring: Don Byron, world renowned Clarinetist and Saxophone... Zachary Alford, Drummer for Davie Bowie and Bruce Springsteen... Veronica Nunn, Vocalist and member of Michael Franks Band for 20 years... Scott Petito Award winning Producer (James Taylor, Mercury Rev) and Bassist for the Legendary rock group the Fugs... Josh Colow, Guitars, member of the Crowmatix and european singing sensation!... Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter, Woodstock super heroes and internationally known for their hit single “Your Move” by Yes… Christine Spero, Vocalist, Pianist and creator of “Spero plays Nyro" a fantastic Laura Nyro retrospective concert... Adrien Reju fantastic up and coming new singer songwriter with a “buzz” and Last but not Least… Woodstock’s own Julie Last, Singer/Songwriter who also engineered recordings for Joni with some cool stories to share.

$20 Advance / $25 At The Door - General Admission
More info
 

Jul 27, 2014: Tierney Sutton's Joni Project, Minneapolis, July 31

From Wisconsin to Berklee to the Oak Room, Tierney Sutton’s career has been on a steady upward trajectory. Considered one of the most accomplished singers on the modern jazz scene, Sutton's recent Grammy-nominated Joni Mitchell project, After Blue, inspired her current tour with cellist Mark Summer, who appears on the album with Sutton and his Turtle Island String Quartet colleagues. On July 31st, Sutton, Summers and Parisian guitarist Serge Merlaud, celebrate Mitchell as well as re-arrangements of standards and Summer's solo repertoire at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. More info.
 

Jul 25, 2014: Robin & The Mutts perform 'Mingus', San Diego, Nov 8

On the day after Joni Mitchell’s 71st birthday, San Diego based band, Robin Adler and Mutts Of The Planet present “Mingus” – the extraordinary 1979 collaboration between Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus. It was to be Mingus’ farewell project before his passing, and it created much controversy among Mitchell’s fans who were unprepared for her full embrace of the jazz artform. It began her long association with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Peter Erskine and cemented her status as an uncompromising artist forever. San Diego’s top jazz musicians, Joshua White, Tripp Sprague, Rob Thorsen, and Duncan Moore will join Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn for this special concert 8PM at Dizzy’s in San Diego – $20 cover More info.
 

Jul 17, 2014: Brian Kennedy's Love Letter To Joni, Edinburgh, August 14-16

Internationally celebrated, Singer, Songwriter, Novelist, Coach on ‘The Voice of Ireland’, former lead performer with Van Morrison’s Blues & Soul Revue for six years, featured Lead Performer in Riverdance on Broadway for nine months in an especially tailored role at the request of the composer Bill Whelan, Brian Kennedy returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014 to showcase his latest album and labour of love. More info
 

Jul 14, 2014: Joni's Soul - The Half Moon, London, July 20

Coyote, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, River, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that ‘Joni’s Soul’ explore the unique songwriting and gift of performance Joni Mitchell so enduringly revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond …

Drawing on their own emotional response to these songs ‘Joni’s Soul’ have created for themselves the perfect platform to look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook, and to shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music. One of the UK Soul scene’s most respected ‘from-the-heart’ voices Gina Foster leads the way with special guest singer Manuela Panizzo (from Italy) adding her deftness and rich tonal palette and another Very Special Guest (we’re not allowed to name) delivering at least one of the classic Joni songs mentioned above. A real musical event.

Gina Foster - vocals (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor)
Manuela Panizzo vocals (Carleen Anderson, Mario Biondi)
Mim Grey - vocals (Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart)
+ Very Special Guest vocalist TBA
Ronnie Johnson – guitar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan)
Pete Adams – keyboards (Yusuf Islam, Tom Jones)
Pat Clahar – sax (Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross)
John McKenzie – bass (David Bowie, Everything But The Girl)
Richard Bailey - drums (Steve Winwood, Incognito)

More info...
 

Jul 11, 2014: Back to the Garden, Bloomington, IN, August 1 and 2

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). Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol' Girls, Broadway Backwards). Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby). Special guests, Marshall Robbins and the Phunk Nastys.

Melissa Hammans in BACK TO THE GARDEN plays Buskirk-Chumley Theatre on August 1st and 2nd, 2014, 7pm. Reserved Seating: $25 Advance, $27.50 Day of Show. $18 - Seniors (Ages 62+), Students (w/ valid High School or College ID). Tickets and information are available here. If you need assistance placing your order, call BCT Box Office at 812-323-3020.
 

Jul 10, 2014: Laurie Antonioli CD Release party, San Francisco, Sept 28

Fearless Bay Area vocalist Laurie Antonioli has never shied away from plunging into jazz’s deepest pools. She’s raced through bebop steeplechases with cult saxophonist Pony Poindexter, collaborated with Bobby McFerrin during his formative San Francisco years, performed and collaborated with tenor sax legend Joe Henderson, and recorded a breathtaking duo album with pianist Richie Beirach, just for starters. With her latest project, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, Antonioli plumbs new emotional depths exploring her earliest musical inspiration, the vividly confessional songs of Joni Mitchell.

An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and influential educator, Antonioli doesn’t just interpret Mitchell’s music, she unveils unexpected emotional insights and uncovers submerged musical ideas while turning each song into her own revelatory tale. “Joni’s music is such a part of me, it’s like a second skin,” says Antonioli. “So is jazz, of course, but this goes even deeper. It’s where I started. You can hear how much she has influenced me now that I’ve come out with this recording.”

Mitchell’s songs have been so widely embraced by jazz singers in recent years that her music is ready for inclusion as the most contemporary chapter of the American Songbook. Part of what sets Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light apart is that Antonioli approaches Mitchell’s music as a jazz artist who leads a working band that, together, retains their group sound while also paying homage to a widely-known repertoire of music. This same band is also featured on her critically acclaimed 2010 album American Dreams (Intrinsic Music).

This concert will celebrate the release of Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Origin Records). The band on the recording is also the same band that will be on stage for a set of music featuring songs from the new CD. Joni Mitchell fans have attended the sold out “Joni” shows and have loved the new spin on familiar songs like “Woman of Heart and Mind,” “Both Sides Now,” and “River,” to name a few. The jazz musicians in the band are among the most revered in the Bay Area and are composers, bandleaders and first call sidemen. Together, the “American Dreams Band” is a cohesive, exciting and passionate collection of musicians – together creating a soundscape that enhances Ms. Antonioli’s interpretations of songs that defined a generation.

More info
 

Jun 27, 2014: Joni Tribute, July 23, Cambridge, MA

WHAT: On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Beat Hôtel, located in Cambridge’s Harvard Square presents a tribute to singer/ songwriter Joni Mitchell with an evening of live performance featuring some of the artist’s most iconic work with cutting-edge modern musical artists. Taking the stage that night will be Raquel Alexa of Amethyst Band and several guest artists from Boston to NYC. A Berklee college senior, Alexia’s young talent is shaped by her bright, smooth tone and her innovative and emotional delivery of tunes ranging in style, from jazz to bolero, from soul to pop. More info
 

Jun 25, 2014: Debra Mann Joni Tribute, June 27, Tiverton, RI

Debra Mann Quintet performs a Joni Mitchell 70th Birthday Tribute, FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
8:00 PM CONCERT
SANDYWOODS
43 Muse Way
Tiverton, RI
401.241.7349

FEATURING:
DEBRA MANN-PIANO & VOCALS
DINO GOVONI-SAX
STEVE DECONTI-GUITAR
DAVE ZINNO-BASS
STEVE LANGONE-DRUMS

Tickets: $15/advance and $18/door. More info
 

Jun 13, 2014: BBC Radio 2 presents 'Girl on Guitar' feature on Joni

Joni Mitchell is one of only two women to have made it onto Rolling Stone magazine's '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'. She's received eight Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award - the citation on which called her "one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era" and "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination and integrity".

The programme (to be broadcast June 30) includes the music that influenced her, her love of art, and examines how she writes her songs - as well as reflecting on her eclectic and prolific back catalogue.

Joni writes lyrics that speak to the listener and in a career spanning over five decades she's produced folk, jazz and electronic influenced work which is known and loved around the world.

But it's for her guitar playing that many fans love her, and many fellow musicians look up to her. Almost every song Joni has written on the guitar uses non-standard tuning. This and her highly rhythmic strumming style creates a rich and unique guitar sound.

Originally Joni tried to teach herself how to play from a Pete Seeger songbook. She never finished the book - her left hand had been weakened by polio, and some of the fingerings were difficult. Joni didn't give up though - she started to create alternative tunings that allowed her to play each song. The programme features a demonstration of how those tunings were achieved.

Contributors include legendary folk singer Judy Collins who had hits with Joni's 'Both Sides Now' and 'Circle Game', synth-pop producer Thomas Dolby who worked with Joni in the 1980s, musician Max Bennett who worked on her earlier albums and toured with her, TV and Radio Producer Trevor Dann who profiled Joni for the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, cultural commentator Kate Mossman and musicians Jennifer Crook and Eddi Reader.

More info here.
 

May 29, 2014: Julia Deans Sings Joni, Auckland, NZ, June 4, 8

Who: Julia Deans
What: Both Sides Now: Julia Deans Sings Joni Mitchell as part of the Auckland International Cabaret Season.
Where and when: Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber on Wednesday June 4 and Sunday June 8.
See:aucklandlive.co.nz/cabaretseason for more info.
 

May 26, 2014: Music of Joni w/Suzanne Sheridan, New Haven, May 31

The Music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen will be performed by The Suzanne Sheridan Band, in concert at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II on Saturday May 31 at 8 PM. The concert is a benefit for the ACLU of CT (http://acluct.org) to support their ongoing campaign to make MARRIAGE EQUALITY a reality in all 50 states. All ticket purchases are charitable donations to the ACLU-CT. The concert will be honoring the late Civil Rights attorney and Quinnipiac University law professor, Manny Margolis. Ferrara Hayden Law Firm (http://www.victoriaferrara.com) is lead sponsor for this concert. To purchase your tax-deductible ticket, call the box office at Long Wharf at 203-787-4282 or online at http://www.longwharf.org/peo. Suzanne Sheridan can be reached at http://www.suzannesheridanmusic.com/
 

May 13, 2014: Worlds Largest Big Yellow Taxi singalong, Regina, May 19

Got a voice? Help create a world record for the largest ever mass sing-along of Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell’s iconic song about our natural and built environment. Acoustic instruments of all kinds welcome, too. Free continental breakfast for all participants on the day of the event, May 19. A professionally filmed music video will be made of the event. More info
 

May 11, 2014: Songs of Joni with Lauren Fox - Bridgeport, Connecticut, June 14

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre presents The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen by Lauren Fox for Two Performances ONLY on Saturday, June 14 at 5:30pm and 8:30pm. The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is located 263 Golden Hill Street, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. More info
 

May 11, 2014: New book on Joni

Coming in September, a new book on Joni by Malka Marom. See the details here.
 

May 8, 2014: Music of Joni w/Debra Mann, Wellfleet, MA, May 10

WELLFLEET PRESERVATION HALL
335 Main Street. Wellfleet, MA 508.349.1800
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014, 7:00 PM CONCERT
THE MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL
FEATURING:
DEBRA MANN-PIANO & VOCALS
ALAN CLINGER-GUITAR
RON ORMSBY-BASS
BART WEISMAN-DRUMS
Tickets: $15 More info
 

May 1, 2014: Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Three Oaks, MI, May 2

More info here and here
 

May 1, 2014: Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Chicago, May 3

98.7 WFMT Chicao / Folkstage, Live On Air performance. More info here and here
 

May 1, 2014: Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Chicago, May 4

More info here and here
 

Apr 3, 2014: 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.
 

Mar 28, 2014: The Joni Project w/Edel Meade - Belfast April 3

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 Teatro Cabaret Restaurant, Belfast, Ireland.
 

Mar 28, 2014: 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.
 

Mar 28, 2014: 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.
 

Mar 28, 2014: 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.
 

Mar 28, 2014: 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.
 

Mar 28, 2014: 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
 

Mar 14, 2014: 'Mostly Joni' w/Amy Wigton - March 23, San Rafael, CA

Amy Wigton presents “Mostly Joni.” Performing with Amy is bassist Robin Hildebrant, whose virtuosic fretless playing recalls the legendary Jaco Pastorius. Together they capture the timeless beauty, heartfelt passion, and musical mastery of one of the most poetic and influential singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell. Wigton is an indie singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist. Described as having the soul of a rocker and the heart of a folk troubadour, she has shared the stage with such artists as, Jefferson Starship, Norton Buffalo, Louden Wainwright III, Dave Mason, Jesse Colin Young, The Waybacks, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Pablo Cruise, Tommy Castro, Beth Nielson Chapman, Roger McGuinn and John Stewart. More info
 

Mar 13, 2014: Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, Ann Arbor, MI, May 1

Mar 12, 2014: Shadows and Light w/Maura Vambeck - Dublin, March 22

Celebrating the music of iconic singer songwriter Joni Mitchell and following a fantastic show in the Cobblestone in November, live band Shadows and Light are bringing Joni’s songs to the intimate surroundings of Bewley’s Café Theatre on Saturday 22nd March 2014.

Joni Mitchell’s songs will be interpreted by three lovers of her music, Maura Vambeck (vocals and guitar), Dave Mulligan (guitars) and Paul Enright (keyboard).

The band will play songs from the huge Joni repertoire, some of the more well-known songs like ‘Chelsea Morning’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘Both Sides Now’ along with some of the lesser known numbers like ‘Coyote’ and ‘Help Me’.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to enjoy the eclectic musical style of Joni Mitchell; it promises to be a really special night.

Bewleys Café Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin. Saturday 22nd March 2014, 9pm. More info.
 

Feb 25, 2014: 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
 

Feb 25, 2014: 'After Blue' w/Tierney Sutton, Half Moon Bay, Ca, March 16

After nine CDs over 20 years with her longstanding Tierney Sutton Band, the vocalist decided to leave her comfort zone and leap off the cliff by tackling an homage to the revered pop singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. With After Blue, her most daring and revealing project to date, Sutton puts her own unique stamp on familiar Mitchell tunes going back to 1969’s “Both Sides Now” and 1970’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and including more recent numbers like 1979’s “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines” and 1982’s jivey “Be Cool,” along with Joni’s haunting take on the standard “Don’t Go to Strangers” from her 2000 orchestral album, Both Sides Now. A project she’s considered for a long time, Tierney says, “Thank you Joni Mitchell for your inspiration, your excellence. All I can hope for here is to scratch the surface of your deep legacy.” More info.
 

Feb 3, 2014: 5th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute, Ithaca, NY, March 8

5th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert
A Benefit for the Community School of Music and Art
March 8, 2014, 7:00 pm
Community School of Music and Art
330 Martin Luther King St
Ithaca, New York

Performers include:
Terry Burns & Ron Kristy, Jeannie Burns, Joe Gaylord, Shauna Guidici, Colleen Kattau, Molly MacMillan, Sue Tierney McNamara, Nate and Kate, Dana Paul, Sally Rameriz, Alice Saltonstall, Elisa Sciscioli, Rich Stearns, and Maggie Whitehead. More info.
 

Feb 1, 2014: 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.
 

Feb 1, 2014: 'Songs are Like Tattoos' w/Mia Sheard, Toronto, March 8

SONGS ARE LIKE TATTOOS - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell. Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at Hugh's Room, Toronto. Hosted by Mia Sheard with guests: Liam Titcomb, David Wall, Kathryn Rose and more... 8:30pm
 

Jan 28, 2014: Tierney Sutton sings Joni, Fitchburg, MA, Feb 7

CenterStage at Fitchburg State University will present the music of Joni Mitchell as interpreted by jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St.

Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $7 for children and Fitchburg State students. The Weston Box Office is open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and can be reached at (978) 665-3347. Tickets can also be ordered online here. There will be a special pre-show dinner at the Fay Club at 658 Main St. For dinner reservations, call (978) 345-4537.

Before the performance there will be a spotlight talk with the artist at 7:15 p.m. with Fitchburg State professor Michele Caniato.

The performance is co-presented by CenterStage at Fitchburg State and WICN-90.7 jazz radio and co-sponsored by Rollstone Bank & Trust and the Sentinel & Enterprise.
 

Jan 26, 2014: Edel Meade Sings Joni Mitchell, Dublin, Feb 13

Edel Meade sings the Joni Mitchell songbook at the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2 on Thursday 13th February. Doors 8.30pm. Tickets €12 available from entertainment.ie (includes booking fee). More info: www.edelmeade.com and www.odessa.ie.
 

Dec 17, 2013: 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, 2013: 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.
 

Nov 20, 2013: Elly Paspala tribute to Joni, Gazi, Greece - Nov 24, Dec 1

Elly Paspala wishes Joni Mitchell a “Happy Birthday”
On Sundays 17th & 24th of November
at GazArte(Voutadon 32-34),in Gazi at 9:00pm

Elly Paspala , one of Greece’s most popular singers is throwing a “Birthay Party” for her beloved singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, introducing the Greek audience to the songs of one of Canada’s most brilliant artists. Joni Mitchell has been in the limelight for the past 45 years creating music & lyrics that have both moved and provoked as well as inspiring millions of people around the world. Joni Mitchell’s lyrics are profoundly poetic and personal while being universal , exhibiting a courageous and acute social and political spirit.

She has been a major influence for other great musicians such as Prince, Herbie Hancock, Björk, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Gaetano Veloso just to name a few.

Her music has always been uniquely creative and imaginative finding inspiration in styles as diverse as Jazz and Folk, rock and classical.

Elly Paspala , though born in New York, has been living and singing here in Greece for over 30 years. She has sung with Greece’s most illustrious composers including Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarchakos and countless others.

Joining her in this celebration with 5 of Greece’s most extraordinary musicians- David Lynch (Saxophones),Takis Farazis (piano), Giorgos Limakis(Guitars), Giotis Kiourtsoglou( bass guitar) and Μichael Κapilidis (drums). Come and celebrate Joni’s 70th birthdayon Sundays the 17th and 24th of November at GazArte (Voutadon 32-34) in Gazi at 9:00p.m

Info:
17th &24th of Νovember
Gazarte , Voutadon 32-34, Gazi ,at 21.00p.m
Τickets: 8€-18€ -
Τ : 210 3460347, 210 3452277
 

Nov 8, 2013: Music of Joni - Debra Mann, Providence, RI Nov 14

Debra Mann & Dave Zinno present The Music of Joni Mitchell
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 9 PM at
THE GRANGE
Vegetarian Restaurant, Café & Bar
166 Broadway, Providence, RI
No cover charge | No minimum
Dinner served until 9 PM
For more info: (401) 831-0600
http://providencegrange.com/
 

Oct 24, 2013: Hannah Reimann Tribute to Joni, Nov 15, Brooklyn, NY

Vocalist and pianist Hannah Reimann and her seven-piece band honor the iconic career of the incomparable Joni Mitchell in commemoration of Joni's 70th birthday at Littlefield Performance Space on November 15th, with a selection of songs from Mitchell's most influential era: the late sixties to the early seventies. Doors are at 7:00pm; show starts at 8:00pm.

Ms. Reimann will be joined onstage by Scott Chasolen (of The Machine) on keys and piano; Michele Temple (of Pere Ubu) on guitar and bass; Steve Bloom (of The Last of the International Playboys) on guitar and bass; Skip Krevens on pedal steel and electric guitar; Michael Devellis on sax, Ryan Vaughn on drums and Gina Yowell-Gerszberg on vocals. More information...
 

Oct 22, 2013: Joni Tribute with Marianne Matheny-Katz, Alexandria, VA, Nov 7

Baltimore's leading jazz singer, Marianne Matheny-Katz, will give a Joni Mitchell tribute concert at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Viriginia in the US on November 7, 2013. She will be surrounded by some of the region's finest musicians.
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Oct 22, New York City

Tue 22nd Oct - 54 Below, New York www.54below.com, tel: +1 646 476 3551
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Nov 7, Swansea

Thur 7th Nov - Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk, tel: +44 1792 60 20 60
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Nov 9, Gateshead

Sat 9th Nov - Sage Gateshead www.thesagegateshead.com, tel: + 44 191 443 4661
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Nov 22, London

Fri 22nd Nov - Royal Albert Hall (The Elgar Room) The London Jazz Festival www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk, tel: + 44 845 401 5034
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Nov 24, Hull

Sun 24th Nov - The Hull Truck Theatre, Hull www.hulltruck.co.uk, tel: + 44 1482 323 638
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Nov 28, Edinburgh

*Thur 28th Nov - Dirty Martini@Le Monde, Edinburgh www.dirty-martini.co.uk, tel: +44 131 270 3900
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Dec 15, Hove

Sun 15th Dec - The Brunswick, Hove www.thebrunswick.net, tel: + 44 1273 733 984
 

Oct 21, 2013: Ian Shaw's Tribute to Joni, Jan 18, London

Sat 18th Jan - Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk , tel: + 44 845 6027 017
 

Oct 10, 2013: Joni Tribute, Maui, HI, October 19

Mulligan's On The Blue and Gaia Best will present an evening of music in honor of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the event's live art auction will be donated to Women Helping Women.

Advance tickets are $15 and available at Bounty Music in Kahului, Lahaina Music on the West Side and the new Awakening in Paradise bookstore in the Long's Shopping Center in Kihei.

For more information about this event, or to purchase tickets online, visit louiselambert.com (click on "Special Events") or here.
 

Oct 9, 2013: 70th Birthday Tribute Concert, Portland, OR - Nov 6

Woman of Heart and Mind: Joni Mitchell's 70th Birthday Tribute Concert
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian Doors open at 7:00
$15 General Admission
The Alberta Rose's third annual tribute to Joni features performances of songs from her classic albums "Hejira," "Court and Spark" and "Blue," and more of her hits and misses.
Some of Portland's finest female singer/songwriters including Anne Weiss, Kris Deelane, Bre Gregg, Paula Sinclair, Sue Zalokar will perform. More info
 

Sep 27, 2013: Baltimore Loves Joni!, Nov 7, 2013, Baltimore, MD

EVENT: BALTIMORE LOVES JONI! A Benefit Tribute Concert in Honor of Joni Mitchell on her 70th Birthday

WHERE: Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore / Phone: 410-276-1651 / www.creativealliance.org/

PERFORMERS: Headliner: SONiA of disappear fear, plus We're About 9, Sahffi, Joanne Juskus & Adrian Bond, LEA, Beggar's Ride, Teporah, Carl Corse

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 7, 2013 / 7 pm

TICKETS: $15 / $10 CA members / A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Orchkids, a year-round during and after school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Sponsored in part by Knaggs Guitars

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Sep 14, 2013: PazFest Tribute to Joni, New Orleans, October 4-5

AMTRAK PRESENTS PAZFEST III FEATURING: ROLAND GUERIN BAND, MUTTS OF THE PLANET, PAUL SANCHEZ, JOHNNY VIDACOVICH, THE HONORABLE SOUTH, BILL LANCTON, SUSAN COWSILL, JIMMY ROBINSON, OTRA, GAL HOLIDAY, AND FROM LAFAYETTE, RODDIE ROMERO, CALEB ELLIOTT AND SAM BROUSSARD, TANDEM AND OTHERS TO PERFORM AT PAZ FEST III, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL, TO BENEFIT THE RUTH PAZ HOSPITAL FOR BURNS AND PEDIATRIC SURGERY!

NEW ORLEANS, LA - September 13, 2013: Michael Paz, New Orleans Music Producer, and Founder of The Ruth Paz Foundation who funded the construction of the $1.5 Million Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in Honduras, announced today PAZ FEST III an all-star musical tribute to Joni Mitchell, Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8pm at the Howlin' Wolf, 907 South Peters Street New Orleans, LA. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at Howlin' Wolf Den or at http://www.TheHowlinWolf.com

A musical tribute to singer songwriter and cultural icon, Joni Mitchell, Paz Fest III is also a fundraising celebration for the continuing support the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Joining the all-star line-up are: DJ G-CUE, Mikayla, Christina Friis-Nielson, Chris Atkins, Vida Wakemen, Leslie Smith, Dirk Billie, Sue Tierney-Macnamara, Victor Johnson, Faith Crawford, and Michael Paz and Friends. All will perform Joni Mitchell songs from her amazing catalog.

There will be a concert preview "An Evening With" Mutts of the Planet at the Little Gem Saloon on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 8pm-Till. Presented by Amtrak and also benefiting the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery. More info...
 

Sep 11, 2013: Birthday Tribute, Debra Mann Quintet, Oct 17, Fall River, MA

DEBRA MANN QUINTET | 70th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE to JONI MITCHELL THURSDAY - OCTOBER 17, 2013 8 PM

Debra Mann, jazz pianist and vocalist, has performed throughout the northeast corner of the US for 3 decades. She was deeply influenced early on by the music of Joni Mitchell, from the folk years through her exploration into jazz. Debra’s band features the mega talents of Dino Govoni (sax), Steve DeConti (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), & Steve Langone (drums). Together they interpret the iconic music of Joni Mitchell through a jazz lens. Come join us in a great night of music as we celebrate this rare and highly gifted and influential artist. This concert will be a live recording for a future CD release. More info
 

Sep 6, 2013: Louise Mochan performs Joni, Cumbernald, Scotland, Sept 6

Scottish jazz star Louise Mochan will perform in Cumbernauld this Friday, September 6, with a tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Mochan and her band will perform such songs as Chelsea Morning, Woodstock, Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now. The show starts 7.45pm. For tickets, priced £6-£12, call 01236 732887.
 

Sep 6, 2013: Joining Mitchell - Tribute, Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 14

Misty Fest 2013 will pay tribute to Joni Mitchell by bringing together different generations of singers and Portuguese authors well known to the public and whose work identifies with this great music icon. More info here.
 

Jul 28, 2013: Joni at 70 - Songs of Joni Mitchell; Nov 9, Gateshead, England

This year Joni Mitchell turns 70. BBC multi award winning vocalists Ian Shaw and Claire Martin have themselves recorded many of her songs (Shaw’s 2006 ‘Drawn To All Things’, Linn Records).

Mitchell’s beautifully crafted confessionals resonate so effectively in this, now famous, duo setting from the seminal, now legendary, singer-songwriter bible “Blue” to her later musings on world issues, this powerful and intimate show is not to be missed.
 

Jul 10, 2013: Tales of Joni, New York City, August 1, 12, & 29

54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it’s “Both Sides Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “The Circle Game,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” or “A Case of You,” the work of Mitchell, one of the world’s most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway’s Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway’s Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicholas Rodriguez (Broadway’s Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), and Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni’s music “a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity.” For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why!
 

Jul 1, 2013: 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, 2013: "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
 

Jun 26, 2013: Luminato event audio broadcast

JONI: A PORTRAIT IN SONG – A BIRTHDAY HAPPENING LIVE AT MASSEY HALL will be airing on CBC’s “Canada Live” program on both the Radio 2 and Radio 1 networks, starting on Monday (Canada Day):

RADIO 2
Part 1 of the concert: July 1st, 7:00pm
Part 2 of the concert: July 8th, 7;00pm

RADIO 1
Part 1 of the concert: July 5th, 2:00pm
Part 2 of the concert: July 12th, 2:00pm

The recording will also be able to be streamed online, on demand, for the next year (once the concert has aired).

The concert will be rebroadcast again in November (on the 7th) to celebrate Joni's birthday.
 

Jun 5, 2013: New CBC interview with Joni

Look for this new interview to be broadcast on the CBC "Q" radio program on June 11th. Host Jian Gjomeshi travelled to Los Angeles to interview her at her home. It was a wide-ranging conversation and CBC will be devoting a full hour of Q to it. More info here.
 

May 27, 2013: Double Take, Gatineau, Quebec, March 22 - Oct 14, 2013

Double Take – Portraits of Intriguing Canadians opens today until October. Organized by Library and Archives Canada, the exhibition offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at 59 personalities who have helped shape Canada, such as Samuel de Champlain, David Suzuki, Kim Campbell and Joni Mitchell.

Insightful. Revealing. Surprising. The exhibition Double Take – Portraits of Intriguing Canadians invites visitors to discover unsuspected or little-known aspects of 59 prominent personalities who left their mark on their times. Bringing together more than one hundred paintings, photographs and drawings, as well as artifacts, Double Take offers to take a fresh look at these renowned individuals who shaped the history of our nation.

An exhibition organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada. Additional content provided by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
 

May 22, 2013: Blue: 40th Anniversary Celebration, Brooklyn, NY, June 1

Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration presented by Chicks With Dip
This concert features a stellar cast of some of the New York City area's finest female singer/songwriters in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's landmark album, Blue. The evening will include performances of ALL the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell.
June 1, 2013, 8:00 PM
First Acoustics at the First Unitarian Church
50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 door
First Acoustics website
Chicks With Dip website
 

May 18, 2013: Robin Adler and the Mutts play Hejira, Pacific Beach, CA, Nov 9

Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet celebrate Joni's 70th birthday by performing her 1976 Hejira album in its entirety. Grammy winner Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa) joins the Mutts on lead guitar for this night of Joni's most lush and poetic music.

Joni Mitchell's Hejira Live - 8pm, Sat. Nov 9th
4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street
Pacific Beach, California 92109
Price: $20
Reservations are recommended. Purchase tickets here.
 

May 15, 2013: Music of Joni with Laurie Antonioli, July 21, San Francisco

Laurie Antonioli, The prime San Francisco singer, one of many jazz musicians drawn to the melodies, lyrics and harmonies of Joni Mitchell’s vivid songs, sings the songwriter’s music in spacious arrangements explored by a deft quintet of improvisers. More details
 

Mar 4, 2013: Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs

The new book "Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs" by Lisa and John Sornberger is now available to order. David Geffen, Larry Klein, (song for) Sharon Veer, Wally Lamb, Richard Flynn, and many others contribute. More details here.
 

Mar 4, 2013: The Joni Show, Santa Cruz, March 23

The Joni Show Back By Popular Demand

Tribute to Joni Mitchell Features 14 Local Talents

FELTON, CA -- March 4, 2013 -- The Joni Show, the popular tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell, returns for a third time on Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 pm at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. The venue is located at 320 Cedar Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 and can be reached at 831/427-2227.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The two previous Joni shows sold out weeks in advance. As of press time, 50 tickets are available here.

"The Joni Show III features an all-star line up of 14 of Santa Cruz's most popular and accomplished musicians," said Producer Jayme Kelly Curtis. "We've added many new songs this time and there is a greater level of collaboration among the players. I've also retained the popular 'informational audio quips' from interviews with Joni and contemporaries such as David Geffen and Graham Nash."

The concert features a wide variety of material spanning the breadth of Mitchell's prodigious output of original songs from 1968 through 1994. Singers this time include Curtis, Amy Obenski, Celina Gutierrez, Ginny Mitchell, Jesse Autumn, Pamela Hanson and Kevin Kraft, Paula Bliss and 2013 Gail Rich award winner Pipa Pinon. Each of these musicians has had a serious love affair with Joni Mitchell's work. Instrumentalists Bill Walker, Bob Bliss, Bob von Elgg, Daniel Vee Lewis and Jimmy Norris round out the sound.

For those unable to obtain tickets, a video highlight reel of some of the best performances from the two previous Joni Shows airs on Santa Cruz Community Television throughout the first two weeks of March. The broadcast schedule is available here.
 

Feb 18, 2013: 4th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute, Ithaca, NY, March 8

The Community School of Music & Arts and CFCU present The 4th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert
Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Stage, CSMA, 330 E. State/MLK, Ithaca NY

Ithaca loves Joni Mitchell, and they will prove it again at the 4th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert, March 8 at the Community School of Music and Arts. Many of Ithaca's best musicians will return for what has proven to be an exhilarating exhibition of Joni Mitchell's rich and varied catalogue. This year's lineup includes Amelia Burns, Anna Coogan, Bev Fitzpatrick, Colleen Kattau, Cookie Coogan, Eric and Christine, Joe Gaylord, Kara Eaton, Maggie Whitehead, Mike Allinger, Mollie MacMillan, Patti Witten, Sim Redmond & Jen Middaugh, Susan Terwilliger and Sue Tierney McNamara.

A $10 donation benefits the CSMA Arts Education Programs
 

Feb 14, 2013: Songs about Joni Mitchell, April 9, Sheffield, UK

Where Light Falls - Songs about Joni Mitchell
Tuesday 09 April, 19:30
Firth Hall
Tickets: £8.50, £6 (concessions-over 60s),
£3 (under 26s, students, unwaged)
Duration: 90 minutes + 20 minute interval.
Click here to purchase tickets online now


The highly influential singer-songwriter and versatile musician Joni Mitchell is best known for hit songs such as ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and ‘Woodstock’ but there is far more to her work than this. Through the medium of original songs composed with lyricist Mike Jones and guitarist Alejandro Sancho, Sheffield based jazz singer Rosie Brown has taken her admiration for the song-writing, singing and playing of Joni Mitchell as the inspiration for this concert. In this ‘rich biographical body of work in song’ Rosie and her band explore the artist's career and complicated personal life, joys and trials, the love she walked away from to fulfill her artistic dreams, her life as a painter and the conflicts with fame of this all too human musical icon.

University of Sheffield alumnus Rosie Brown arrived at jazz when late nights in Techno clubs were rounded off with Nina Simone records. What really converted her though, was hearing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Amongst her other influences, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Carmen Macrae, Sheila Jordan, Shirley Horn, Cassandra Wilson and Keith Jarrett stand out. Rosie was originally part of a notable renaissance in classic jazz singing, a movement which includes Tina May with whom she studied. Other teachers include Sheila Jordan and Scottish award winning tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins, who accepted an invitation to tour with her in 2000.

Rosie’s debut album, ‘Preface’ was released to rave reviews in 1998, coinciding with a national tour sponsored by Jazz Services. In 2001, album number two, ‘Now’s the Time’, was also warmly welcomed by critics. Her third, ‘Miss Brown to You’, came out in May 2003 and the fourth recording ‘Bicycles and Dreams’ reflects her evolution in both vocal range and musical interests.
 

Feb 12, 2013: Joni Mitchell's Blue, March 8, Marblehead, MA

On Friday, March 8, the me&thee presents a special tribute concert – Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary. This concert will feature a stellar cast of some of the New York City area's finest female singer-songwriters in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's landmark album, Blue. The evening will include performances of ALL the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell. Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show at the me&thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.

Women know about the power of girlfriends — but how about an entire posse of female empowerment? For the past decade, nearly a dozen NYC and NJ-based women have been part of an informal NYC-based musical girlfriend posse called the Chicks with Dip — singers and songwriters all, who convene regularly for afternoons filled with songs, wine, chips and dip, and lots of girl talk that ranges from the silly to the sexually explicit and from the emotionally raw to the political. The Chicks are Honor Finnegan, Meg Braun, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Allison Scola, Anna Dagmar, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia. Over the years, they have laughed, cried, gossiped and performed together — and supported each other through 10 years of ups and downs: the birth of Carolann’s son; Meg’s marathon success; Allison S.’s wedding; Allison T.’s dating dilemmas; Elisa’s husband’s brain tumor; and Sharon’s divorce — not to mention moves, job changes, unemployment, band breakups and writer’s block. Their most serious struggle was when Victoria was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.The gals swooped in to provide food, transportation, babysitting, and emotional support, as well as a fundraising performance in 2009 that raised over $5,000 towards Victoria’s treatment. “The idea for the Blue show sprang up organically up at a meeting in the summer of 2011,” says Carolann Solebello, longtime Chick and former member of female Americana trio Red Molly. “We were discussing Joni Mitchell and what her songwriting has meant to each of us, and since we’re always on the lookout for ways to collaborate, the 40th anniversary of Joni’s masterpiece seemed the perfect opportunity.”

Tickets for the special tribute concert – Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person in Marblehead at either the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouse in New England, and probably the country. The me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the link above.
 

Dec 18, 2012: Blue: A Celebration, January 5, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Dec 18, 2012: The Mutts perform For the Roses album, April 6, Pacific Beach, CA

Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet - "For the Roses"
Dizzy's- 8 pm
4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street (San Diego Jet Ski Rentals)
Pacific Beach California 92109

760-723-1056 robinadler@sbcglobal.net reservations

$20 at the door.

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet perform a night of early Joni music including the 1972 For The Roses album in its entirety. Robin Adler, Dave Blackburn and Barnaby Finch, with Peggy Watson, Barry Cahill and Danny Campbell faithfully present this beautiful music in a great listening space. Reservations recommended.
 

Dec 15, 2012: Songs Are Like Tattoos w/Mia Sheard, Toronto, March 2

Join host Mia Sheard for her annual Joni tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto. Featuring David Sereda, Lenni Jabour, Selena Evangeline, and Molly Sweeney. Featuring Band Members Ryan Granville-Martin, Chris Gartner, Kurt Swinghammer, Joan Besen, Colleen Allen. More information here.
 

Dec 4, 2012: Tales of Joni, New York City, January 23, 24, 30, 31, Feb 5, 18

54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it’s “Both Sides Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “The Circle Game,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” or “A Case of You,” the work of Mitchell, one of the world’s most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway’s Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway’s Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nic Rodriguez (Broadway’s Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist), and Michael Winther (Broadway’s Damn Yankees, 1776, Mamma Mia!). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammy’s called Joni’s music “a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity.” For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why! More info here.
 

Dec 1, 2012: New Joni ballet to premiere in May of 2014

Just published! An exclusive JoniMitchell.com interview with Jean Grand-Maitre where he announces, among other things, that a new Joni ballet is to premiere in May 2014. Thanks to Mark Scott for conducting the interview.
 

Nov 28, 2012: Lauren Fox sings Joni and Cohen, Nov 30, Johnson City, New York

Lauren Fox is being heralded as one of the brightest stars on the New York cabaret scene, and Friday she will be at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City when Goodwill Theatre presents “Love, Lust, Fear and Freedom: Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.”

A recent article in the New York Times singled out Fox as the “future of the cabaret world.” “Together, Lauren and her trio perform 16 songs — nine by Joni Mitchell and seven by Leonard Cohen — into a spellbinding his-and-hers dialogue that conjures the charged erotic climate of the hippie culture of the Woodstock era, when sex was infused with romantic mysticism. Her show is remarkable, deep and dramatically revealing.”

The affair of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen in the late 1960s may have only lasted a few months, but its resonance in the songs of these two Canadians, especially in Mitchell’s lyrics, is far-reaching. A speculative exploration of their personal and artistic chemistry is only one aspect of Fox’s remarkable cabaret show.

Through stories and song, Fox examines the creative genius and conflicted desires of two of folk music’s most enduring artists.

Fox delves into the meaning behind the songs, giving us a better understanding of a painter and a poet who mesmerized the world through song. Highlights of the show include Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning,” “River” and “Both Sides Now” and Cohen’s “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire” and “Hallelujah.”

In the spring, Fox was named as the Female Debut Artist of the Year at the annual MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Awards and Debut Artist of the Year at the 27th Annual Bistro Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in cabaret and jazz. Film credits include Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi,” “Noon Blue Apples” (Sundance 2002 premiere), “Revolution Summer,” “Hamill” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Television credits include “New Amsterdam” and “Fringe.”

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students and can be purchased at www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the theatre box office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located at 46-48 Willow St. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 

Nov 21, 2012: Blue: 40th Anniversary Celebration, Garden City, NY Dec 2

Garden Stage at UUCCN will present a special tribute concert - Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration - on Sunday, Dec 2 at 3:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue (corner of Nassau Boulevard), Garden City, NY. Tickets, $20 in advance/$22 at the door, may be purchased via email by writing calendar@uuccn.org or calling 516- 279-7606. For more information about Garden Stage, visit http://www.gardenstage.com/.

This concert will feature a stellar cast of some of the New York City area's finest female singer/songwriters - plus Philadelphia percussionist Cheryl Prashker - in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's landmark album, Blue. The evening will include performances of ALL the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell. Performers will include: Meg Braun, Anna dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello and Allison Tartalia.

These 12 women, known collectively as Chicks With Dip, represent a loose affiliation of female singer/songwriters in the New York City area who enjoy each other's company and the pleasures of good conversation, good songs, and good dip. The Chicks will celebrate their tenth anniversary this year.

"The idea for the Blue show sprang up organically at a meeting," says Carolann Solebello, longtime Chick and former member of female Americana trio Red Molly. "We were discussing Joni Mitchell and what her songwriting has meant to each of us, and since we're always on the lookout for ways to collaborate, the 40th anniversary of Joni's masterpiece seemed the perfect opportunity."

For more information, visit http://www.gardenstage.com/

Indulge in delicious homemade desserts in the Mallette Gallery during the intermission.

Garden Stage is an all-volunteer, non-profit, committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau.
 

Nov 6, 2012: Gathered Light: On the Poetry of Joni Mitchell, April 2013

Gathered Light: On the Poetry of Joni Mitchell by Lisa and John Sornberger, press release:

Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest poets and songwriters of the late 20th century. For over forty years her powerful lyrics have compelled listeners to dig deeper. This one of a kind collection finally allows even her most passionate fans to do just that.

Gathered Light: On the Poetry of Joni Mitchell, includes more than fifty original contributions by acclaimed writers such as Wally Lamb and Fred Wah, Canada’s poet laureate, as well as some of Mitchell’s long-time friends and creative collaborators. These diverse voices celebrate Mitchell’s poetic craft and offer their insight in the form of original essays, poetry, short fiction, photographs, and collages. Each contributor shares his or her connection to, interpretation of, and inspiration from their favorite Mitchell poem. Many comment on a larger societal or political issue explored therein. All share their experiences of why Joni’s work has been so important to them, and honor her as a poet and source of inspiration. According to sources close to her, Joni said was excited about and highly honored by the project... that she felt that it will finally set the record straight; that she is an actual poet. Also, that the individual responses make it "personal" and bring it around to complete the circle. She touched on how much the First Nations’ poets’ presence in our book mattered to her, and that she was pleased with the entire contributors list of poets, writers, artists, and friends.

Gathered Light is the collection that fans of this legendary artist have been waiting for.

Available April, 2013, by Lisa and John Sornberger, from Sumach Press
 

Nov 3, 2012: Wish Joni a Happy Birthday!

Time to wish Joni a happy birthday! 69 years young!
 

Oct 25, 2012: Tribute - Arcata, California - November 7

A gathering of northcoast musicians will pay tribute to Joni Mitchell on her birthday, Wednesday, November 7th, at 8pm at the Arcata Playhouse in Arcata, California. Jan Bramlett, Morgan Corviday, Tim Grey, Josephine Johnson, Marla Joy, Joanne Rand, Sarah Torres, Andrea Zvaleko and other north coast musicians will celebrate Joni's birthday by performing a selection of their favorite Joni songs. Tickets may be purchased at The Works in Eureka, at Missing Links in Arcata, online, or by calling the Playhouse at 707-822-1575 for reservations. $12 at the door, $10 in advance.
 

Oct 25, 2012: New boxed set

We've received a copy of the new boxed set from Rhino (featuring all studio albums through Mingus) and are pleasantly surprised at the quality. Each CD is an exact replica of the original gatefold LP as released, a nice touch. It's a little tough to read some of the lyrics, downsized as they are into CD packaging, but still, a nice set. The package is to be released on November 6, a day before Joni's birthday. More info here.
 

Oct 18, 2012: Tribute to Blue, November 2, Garden City, NY

Garden Stage at UUCCN will present a special tribute concert - Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration - on Friday, November 2 at 8:30PM (preceded by an open mic at 7:30) at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue (corner of Nassau Boulevard), Garden City, NY. Tickets, $20 in advance/$22 at the door, may be purchased via email by writing calendar@uuccn.org or calling 516-279-7606. For more information about Garden Stage, visit http://www.gardenstage.com/.
 

Sep 26, 2012: Tribute to Joni, Vancouver, BC, October 4

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell with The Modelos, Sarah Wheeler, Kelly Haigh, The Boomchix, D Trevlon and more! More info
 

Sep 26, 2012: Back To The Garden, New York, NY, October 7

After celebrated shows at Galapagos Art Space, The Canal Room, and 45th Street Theatre, Back To the Garden is pleased to play Joe's Pub on 10/7/12.

Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music-industry, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro bravely explored territory outside the accepted confines of pop music. These prolific singer/songwriters paved the way for women like us: in music, art and life. We celebrate these women, their influence and inspiration.

Featuring: Melissa Hammans (LoveSick, Break Up Notebook, Smokey Joe's Cafe) who also curated this event, as well as, Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia, Avenue Q), Maddy Wyatt (the band of Wyatt), and Amy Lynn Zanetto (Radio City, Kennedy Center, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow.) The amazing band includes Barbara Merjan (drums), Sue Terwilliger (guitar), Julia Adamy (bass) and Debra Barsha (piano) who also provides vocals and music direction. More information and tickets
 

Sep 10, 2012: Rhino to release box set.

Rhino will release a Joni Mitchell box set on 29 October 2012.

The Studio Albums 1968-1979 gathers together Joni’s ten albums from that period, including all the classics such as 1971′s Blue and the acclaimed The Hissing Of Summer Lawns from 1975.

Expect the albums to be housed in simple card sleeves and held in a lift-off lid box. The design of the packaging is likely to be very similar to the Madonna Complete Studio Albums box that came from the same label a few months back (that box held 11 discs). Indeed, the graphic design for the top of this Joni box with the ‘grid’ of album covers is not dissimilar to Madonna’s box.

Albums included in this Joni Mitchell box set are listed below:

• Song To A Seagull (1968)
• Clouds (1969)
• Ladies of the Canyon (1970)
• Blue (1971)
• For The Roses (1972)
• Court and Spark (1974)
• The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
• Hejira (1976)
• Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (1977)
• Mingus (1979)
 

Sep 9, 2012: Robin Adler, Dave Blackburn sing Joni, Castle Rock, CO - Sept 29

Robin and Dave perform a short set of Joni songs in a unique setting, during a service at the United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, CO. The service starts at 5:30pm, located at 1200 South Street in Castle Rock. Join Robin and Dave for a rare appearance outside of southern California!
 

Aug 31, 2012: Joni Mitchell's Blue - San Francisco, Sept 29-30

UnderCoverPresents, Faultline Studios, and KALX 90.7 FM are thrilled to announce Joni Mitchell's Blue as the next album getting a Bay Area stamp. This time around, UnderCover has selected Dina Maccabee, renowned violinist and composer, as guest music director for the album and concert. Maccabee has carefully selected an all female fronted cast of roughly 50 Bay Area artists to create a diverse range of reinterpretations of this tribute to Joni Mitchell's most iconic album. The album was recorded and mixed at Faultline Studios by Yosh! (A download of the studio recorded album will be included with the cost of admission and will also be available for sale online and select outlets). The concert will be held on two nights, Saturday, 9/29 & Sunday, 9/30 at the historic Brava Theater full information further below. More information here.
 

Aug 4, 2012: Songs of Joni Mitchell, Robin Adler, Sept 1, San Diego

Dizzy's Presents "The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 8 pm
2400 Ketter Blvd. Suite 110
San Diego California 92101
(619) 255-7885
98bottlessd.com/
RobinAdler.com
Price: $15.00 21 yrs + only

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell, performed by vocalist Robin Adler and her talent-rich ensemble, Mutts Of The Planet will be focusing on selections of Joni Mitchell's recordings from "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" (1975),"Hejira" (1976) and "Mingus" (1979). These albums demonstrated Mitchell's growth from the radio friendly pop artist of "Court and Spark" (1974) into the artist that, in 1978, jazz legend Charles Mingus, in his final days, called upon to co-write his final album, which became "Mingus".

Robin Adler-vocals
Dave Blackburn-guitars
Barnaby Finch-keyboards
Dan DiPietro-bass
Rick Schmidt-pedal steel guitar
Danny Campbell-drums
 

Jun 20, 2012: Courtin' the Spark, June 21 - July 1, Atlanta, GA

Courtin' the Spark: Inspirations from Joni Mitchell
Directed by Clint Thornton and Bryan Mercer
Performances: June 21 - July 1, Thurs. - Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:30 p.m.

A theatrical exploration of the music of Joni Mitchell, iconic Canadian composer, painter, and storyteller whose work influenced and informed our culture from the 1970’s to the present day. Directed by Clint Thornton and Bryan Mercer, who created the successful performance events The Unexpected Showcase, The Letts Fest, and Into the Works: The Dynamics of Stephen Sondheim, this Performance Class exposes performers to the rich, expansive scope of Mitchell’s melodies, harmony and lyrics, while allowing participants to discover new depths of their own talent and cultural reference. Through this performance experience, artists will learn new techniques for conveying meaning through the musical line, as well as accessing truth and authenticity in lyrics, as they pertain to the artist’s own life experience and the cultural dynamic in which they find themselves.
 

Jun 19, 2012: Mutts of the Planet play Joni, July 22, San Pedro, CA

Alva's show room
1417 W 8th St
San Pedro, CA 90732 1-800-403-3477
Sunday, July 22nd at 4:00PM
$20 at the door. All Ages

For this show Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet will be playing the mid-70s music of Joni Mitchell (The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira) in this wonderful small listening venue.

Robin Adler-vocals
Dave Blackburn-Guitars and vocals
Barnaby Finch-Keyboards and vocals
Dan DiPietro-Bass
Danny Campbell-Drums
 

Jun 15, 2012: Songs of Joni Mitchell, Fallbrook, CA, June 23

The Songs of Joni Mitchell - 4-6 pm
North San Diego County, Fallbrook, California 92028
760(723-1056) Price: $20
This is a lovely outdoor setting overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Fallbrook, CA. We'll be featuring the five piece version of our "Joni Mitchell band" Mutts of the Planet and will be performing songs from Joni Mitchell's mid-70's albums The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira.

This is a show not to miss! With Robin Adler - vocals, Dave Blackburn -guitars and vocals, Barnaby Finch - keyboards and vocals, Dave Curtis - bass, Danny Campbell -drums. Advance reservations are required
 

Jun 15, 2012: The Joni Show, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA, June 30

FELTON, June 6, 2012 — By popular demand, 21 of Santa Cruz's most accomplished musicians return to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center to pay tribute to songwriter Joni Mitchell on Saturday, June 30 at 8:00 pm. The Kuumbwa is located at 320 Cedar Street #2, in Santa Cruz. Tickets for "The Joni Show" are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The show is officially sold out. Anyone who missed getting tickets is encouraged to send an email to jayme@purrgirl.com for right of first refusal to a possible remounted show at a later date. More information is available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238760)
 

Jun 5, 2012: O'Riley, SF Girl's Chorus sing Joni, San Francisco, June 9/10

Pianist, composer, pop/classical crossover whiz, famed reinterpreter of Radiohead music and popular host of the NPR radio show "From the Top," Christopher O'Riley will be the guest soloist for the San Francisco Girls Chorus' season-closing concerts Friday and Saturday at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He'll be bringing with him arrangements he has recently composed of four Joni Mitchell songs from the "Song to a Seagull" album, which will get their world premiere on the concerts.

The Chicago-born O'Riley, 56, and the five-time Grammy-winning Girls Chorus had their first encounter when they were his guests several years ago on the weekly radio show that hauls aspiring young talent from all over the country and presents them on air. Their collaborative concert, called "Truth and Beauty," will also include Vaughan Williams' "Let Beauty Awake," Claude Debussy's "Salut Printemps," Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs," Stephen Paulus' "Sing Creations Music On," works by Gustav Holst, and more.

Founded in 1978, the Girls Chorus is now in transition with the nonrenewal last year of longtime director Susan McMane's contract. Working with them this spring, and preparing this final concert, is guest conductor Brandon Brack, a former member of the Bay Area's well-known male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer. Brack has been named interim director for the Chorus in its next season, which opens Nov. 12 in the Herbst Theatre and will feature Berkeley native Gabriela Lena Frank as composer-in-residence.

This weekend's programs take place at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Conservatory, 50 Oak St. in San Francisco. Tickets, $30-$35, are at 415-392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com.
 

May 16, 2012: Katherine Monk's book now available to order

Joni - The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell, the new book by Katherine Monk, is now available for ordering. This new portrait of the reclusive icon examines how significant life events -- failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness -- have influenced her creative expression. Katherine Monk captures the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject in this offbeat account, weaving in personal reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who remains misunderstood.
 

Apr 20, 2012: New tribute album

A new Joni tribute album by Peter Herbert and The Koehne Quartett has been released. Called Joni (12 Songs By Joni Mitchell), we find this to be one of the more unique tribute albums released in the past few years.
 

Apr 20, 2012: Is a Joni Mitchell comeback in the works?

David Geffen is reportedly "wooing" Joni to perform a series of shows at his Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Herbie Hancock, is also supposedly encouraging this venture, which could include some of the musicians who worked with Joni back in the day. If all that is planned and hoped for comes about, there will be a concert highlight - a track by track re-creation of Court and Spark album. More info here.
 

Apr 18, 2012: The Artistry of Joni Mitchell, Berklee, Boston, May 3

Back to the Garden: The Artistry of Joni Mitchell takes place Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets are $8, $13 in advance, $12, $17 day of show. Purchase tickets at berkleebpc.com, call 617.747.2261, or visit the BPC Box Office. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.
 

Apr 16, 2012: The Music of Joni Mitchell, May 11, Concord, NH

Blue: The Music of Joni Mitchell will be at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, May 11, at 8PM. Tickets are $39 and $33 and can be purchased by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info
 

Apr 11, 2012: Photography Committee Event - Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

Location: Ballroom

Photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal has captured some of the most iconic images of the 1960s and 1970s Rock & Roll era. His subjects include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Phillips, Mama Cass, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, as well as more than 80 album covers such as the famous Déjà vu and 4 Way Street covers for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

His photos and album covers will be on display in the Press Club Lobby and Reception Area for a month starting April 9. Join Tom from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Ballroom for a special program marking the opening of the exhibit as he takes the lens cap off Rock & Roll History and shares the stories behind his amazing photo career.

There is no cost to attend. Guests are welcome.
 

Mar 21, 2012: Rock & roll photographer O'Neal to appear at Club April 11 to mar

Rock & roll photographer Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal will take the lens cap off rock & roll history as he shares the stories of his noted photo career at a program in the Club Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

The program marks the opening of an exhibit in the Club lobby of photos and album covers by O'Neal. The exhibit will be on view beginning Monday, April 9.

There is no cost to attend. Please reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to Sarah Driggs at sdriggs@press.org.

O'Neal's photos have captured some of the most iconic images of the 1960s and 1970s rock & roll era. His subjects include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Phillips, Mama Cass, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He also has photographed more than 80 album covers, among them the famous Déjà vu and 4 Way Street covers for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.


 

Mar 19, 2012: Amber Epp, Jazz takes on Blue. Winnipeg, March 29

Joni Mitchell has long had an affinity for jazz. She was preparing to make a recording with the great Charles Mingus in 1978, but the bassist, composer and iconoclast died before the disc, Mingus, was finished. Two musicians on that album, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, became longtime friends and collaborators with the iconic Canadian singer and composer.

Local vocalist Amber Epp has an affinity for jazz and Joni Mitchell and she will perform jazz arrangements of Mitchell’s album Blue on March 29, 8 p.m., at Aqua Books. "Some of the songs sound quite different from Joni’s version, but my goal is to carry on the spirit of the original album and put a bit of myself in there, too," Epp says.

Tickets for the Jazz Machine Series, where musicians take a well-known pop or rock album and put a jazzy spin on it, are $10 at Aqua.
 

Mar 1, 2012: Where Light Falls: Songs about Joni; March 9-11, Liverpool, UK

Where Light Falls: Songs about Joni Mitchell premieres at the Lantern Theatre on Friday March 9, and Saturday before moving to The Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool on the Sunday, the 11th. More information here.
 

Feb 19, 2012: The Joni Show, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA, March 3

19 of Santa Cruz's most accomplished musical acts pay tribute to songwriter Joni Mitchell on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street #2, in Santa Cruz. Tickets for "The Joni Show" are available online at here. Locally, tickets can be purchased at Logos Books and Records, 1117 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz and Tiki King's Ukuleles of Felton, 6235 Highway 9 in Felton. Price is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. [Read the press release]
 

Feb 19, 2012: Song are Like Tattoos, Toronto, March 3

SONGS ARE LIKE TATTOOS
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Hugh's Room, Toronto, Canada
Click for tickets

Hosted by Mia Sheard with Colleen Brown, Jory Nash, David Matheson, Lenni Jabour and many more. Performance: 8:30pm
 

Feb 19, 2012: Judy Kuhn sings Joni, New York City, March 6-10

Three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn, who was most recently on Broadway as Fantine in the revival of Les Misérables, will offer a brand-new concert act at Feinstein's at Loews Regency March 6-10.

Kuhn's new show will explore themes of love and happiness and will feature tunes by Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Cohen, Cole Porter and more. She will be accompanied by music director Dan Lipton.

A three-time Tony Award nominee for her work in She Loves Me, Les Miserables and Chess, Judy Kuhn also starred in the concert mounting of Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David and the Los Angeles premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. Kuhn received an Obie Award for her work in the Off-Broadway Laura Nyro tribute, Eli's Comin', and played Fosca in the Kennedy Center mounting of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. Her solo recording is titled "Serious Playground - The Songs of Laura Nyro" (Ghostlight Records).

Show times are 8 PM March 6 and March 8-10 with additional 10:30 PM shows March 9-10.

All shows have a $30 cover with $50 premium seats available, in addition to a $25 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. Feinstein's is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City.

For ticket reservations and club information, call (212) 339-4095 or visit feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.
 

Jan 21, 2012: William Anderson, August 24, 1911 - January 15, 2012

It is with sorrow that we relay the news of William Anderson's passing - Joni's father. Our sincere condolences to Joni and all those lives whom William has touched.
 

Jan 19, 2012: Maggie Hollinbeck sings Blue, Sacramento, CA, Feb 7

On Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm, Maggie Hollinbeck will be singing Joni's entire BLUE album from start to finish. Check out all the details here.
 

Jan 19, 2012: 3rd Annual Joni Tribute Night, Ithaca, NY, Feb 18

The 3rd Annual Tribute Night occurs on February 18 from 7-10 pm in Ithaca, NY. This is a benefit for the scholarship program of the Community School of Music and Arts. View all the details here.
 

Dec 3, 2011: Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, NYC, Dec 6

Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration at Village Roots Concert Series

New York, NY – December 6, 2011 – The Christopher Street Coffeehouse will present a special tribute concert - Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration - on Thursday, January 5 at 7:30PM as part of the Village Roots Concert Series. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

This concert will feature a stellar cast of some of New York's finest female singer/songwriters in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's landmark album, "Blue." The evening will include performances of ALL the songs from "Blue" plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell. Performers will include:

MEG BRAUN megbraun.com
ANNA DAGMAR annadagmar.com
HONOR FINNEGAN honorfinnegan.com
SHARON GOLDMAN sharongoldmanmusic.com
VICTORIA LAVINGTON cdbaby.com/VictoriaLavington
CATHERINE MILES wearetheyayas.com
KARYN OLIVER karynoliver.com
ELISA PEIMER elisapeimer.com
ALLISON SCOLA allisonscola.com
CAROLANN SOLEBELLO carolannsolebello.com
ALLISON TARTALIA allisonsinvention.com

Proceeds from this concert will benefit CHRISTOPHER STREET COFFEEHOUSE in its continuing efforts to bring the best in folk and roots music to Greenwich Village and celebrate our neighborhood's rich musical heritage.

Village Roots Concerts are held on the first Thursday of every month at the historic St. John’s Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street in the Village. More information about the artists and Christopher Street Coffeehouse may be found at www.christopherstreetcoffeehouse.org
 

Nov 7, 2011: Happy Birthday Joni!

Click here to leave your birthday wish for Joni!
 

Nov 7, 2011: Blazes All Across The Sky: Writers on the Poetry of Joni Mitchell

A new book, tentatively titled "Blazes All Across The Sky: Writers Respond to the Poetry of Joni Mitchell", will be published in Spring 2013 by Three O’Clock Press of Toronto.

According to sources close to her, Joni is excited about the project because it is about her work as a poet, and the creative process itself, and has many incredible contributors, including First Nations authors. They also said she will be contributing to the project in some way herself.

Many authors and artists are involved; some are famous, some friends of Joni. Wally Lamb, Kim Addonizio, and Sharon Veer ("Song for Sharon") are among the cast of contributors, to name a few.

The book is a compilation of original essays, poetry, short fiction, a scene from a new play, and a few original photographs, paintings, and collages.

Each contributor shares his or her connection to, interpretation of, and inspiration from their favorite Mitchell poem. Many comment on a larger societal or political issue explored therein. All share their experiences of why Joni’s work has been so important to them, and in doing so, touch yet transcend the personal.

"Blazes" is the vision of Lisa Sornberger, a poet who created this project to honor Joni as one of the finest poets of our time. "It is my way to say thank you to someone whose work has resonated so deeply, brought me great joy, and solace, and sparked my own creative process. I think I can safely say the other contributors feel similarly."

John Sornberger is Lisa’s co-editor, and brings his talents as a poet, author, editor, and left-brained thinker to the project.

"We expect the result will be a meeting of the minds and hearts of those everywhere who have been moved by Mitchell’s poetry. It is high time Joni got her due as the poet she is", say the Sornbergers.
 

Oct 23, 2011: Hejira Tribute, San Francisco, November 8

Bay Area duo Genna & Jesse’s 2011 U.S. “Railroad Tour” begins on Nov. 18th at Yoshi’s San Francisco.

The Yoshi’s event will include a musical retrospective on Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s 1976 “Hejira” album interpreted by Bay Area artists. More information
 

Oct 11, 2011: Jane, Joni, and Bonnie

Does this border on gossip? Perhaps, but it sure is nice to see a recent picture of Joni looking healthy and happy. And, due the lack of Joni news lately, we'll take the risk. Here's Jane Fonda's blog post about her dinner with Joni, Bonnie Raitt, and others on Saturday night.
 

Oct 10, 2011: New book on Joni in the works

According to an article published today, author Eric Lott is working on a new book about Joni. More details as we know them!
 

Oct 7, 2011: Say it ain't so!

In an interview published yesterday with filmmaker Laura Archibald [regarding her new film Greenwich Village: The Music that Defined a Scene] she states that she asked Joni to participate in the project. The reply from Joni's management was "Joni wishes you the best of luck, but she doesn't do anything regarding her career any longer." Read the article here.
 

Oct 2, 2011: Joni Tribute with Lynn Skinner, Denver, November 11

The Lynn Skinner Quintet presents "True Blue: Joni Mitchell (1971-1974)" celebrating the 40th anniversary of Joni's great album, BLUE, as well as select songs from FOR THE ROSES and COURT & SPARK. Swallow Hill Music Association, Denver, Colorado at 8pm. More info here
 

Sep 25, 2011: Tribute to Joni by the Debra Mann Trio - Barrington, RI - Oct 2

Barrington Library
Sunday, October 2, 2011 @ 2 PM
281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806 (401)247-1920

The Debra Mann Trio blends Joni Mitchell’s incomparable words and music with a sparkling jazz touch. Enjoy “The Circle Game,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” “Both Sides Now,” “Blue,” and more. The Trio features Debra Mann on piano and vocals, Dave Zinno on acoustic bass, and Steve Langone on drums.

The Debra Mann Trio is a featured act at clubs and festivals throughout New England. Their annual tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim sells out every year. Debra Mann has been a guest vocalist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences placed Debra Mann on the Official Ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards in the following categories: Record of the Year ('Autumn'), Album of the Year ('Home'), Song of the Year ('Heart of Love'), Best Pop Vocal Album ('Home'), and Best Improvised Jazz Solo ('Autumn').
 

Sep 25, 2011: Tribute to Joni by the Debra Mann Trio - Warwick, RI - Nov 6

Warwick Library
Sunday, November 6, 2011 @ 2 PM
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 401) 739-5440

The Debra Mann Trio blends Joni Mitchell’s incomparable words and music with a sparkling jazz touch. Enjoy “The Circle Game,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” “Both Sides Now,” “Blue,” and more. The Trio features Debra Mann on piano and vocals, Dave Zinno on acoustic bass, and Steve Langone on drums.

The Debra Mann Trio is a featured act at clubs and festivals throughout New England. Their annual tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim sells out every year. Debra Mann has been a guest vocalist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences placed Debra Mann on the Official Ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards in the following categories: Record of the Year ('Autumn'), Album of the Year ('Home'), Song of the Year ('Heart of Love'), Best Pop Vocal Album ('Home'), and Best Improvised Jazz Solo ('Autumn').
 

Sep 13, 2011: Mutts of the Planet w/Max Bennett in tribute, Nov 6, San Diego

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet with special guest Max Bennett perform 2 of Joni Mitchell’s best loved albums - Blue and Court and Spark – in their entirety as a tribute to Joni on the eve of her 68th birthday. Featuring Robin Adler vocals, Dave Blackburn guitars, Barnaby Finch keyboards, & more. More information here
 

Sep 13, 2011: Ian Shaw performs Joni, London, Sept 22

BBC award-winning British jazz singer Ian Shaw is performing an exclusive solo concert of Mitchell’s songs at Kings Place concert hall in London on Thursday 22nd September at 7.30 pm. Shaw recorded “Drawn To All Things, the Songs of Joni Mitchell” for Linn Records in 2006 to universal acclaim. Chris Louden, Jazz Times, said “none of the pop or jazz vocalists who've ... tackled Mitchell tracks have shaken my belief. Until now.” More information here
 

Jun 29, 2011: Joni Mitchell's BLUE: An Examination, July 4

By mixing Mitchell's music from this and other Joni Mitchell albums with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, Joni Mitchell's BLUE articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this particular album. Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, and Lydia Hutchinson. Also featured are musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, and others. More information...
 

May 31, 2011: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Idyllwild, CA June 12

Cafe Aroma Jazz Festival, 6pm
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild, California 92549
951-659-5212
more info...
 

May 31, 2011: Safaris to the Heart: Fallbrook, CA, June 25

"Safaris to the Heart" the Songs of Joni Mitchell, 7pm
432 E. Dougherty St.
Fallbrook, California 92028
760-645-3229
Price: $20
more info...
 

May 31, 2011: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Idyllwild, CA June 12

Cafe Aroma, 6pm
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild, California 92549
951-659-5212
more info...
 

May 11, 2011: Joni Tribute, Germantown, MD, May 19

Local folk artists will band together in Germantown for a musical tribute to one of music’s most famous singer-songwriters.

Grace Griffith with Zan McLeod, Marcy Marxer and Tina Chancey, Sol & Funk Root, Cary Creed, and The Kennedys will interpret the work of Joni Mitchell during a concert Thursday, May 19, at BlackRock Center for the Arts.

Patch caught up with the Thursday’s performers ahead of the concert. They said they don’t intend to copy Mitchell’s sound, but plan to pay homage to her work, instead. Let’s meet a few of the musicians:

Celtic singer Grace Griffith has a reputation for melding musical genres when reinterpreting songs, though she also creates original work. Griffith, who is known for her 2003 Blix Street Records release, “Sands of Time,” has won numerous WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) awards for Best Album, Best Artist, Best Folk Album and Best Folk Artist.

At BlackRock, Griffith will perform with Zan McLeod, a multi-instrumentalist with musical roots in Appalachian folk and electric blues-rock. During the 1990s, McLeod released solo album “Highland Soul,” the success of which inspired him to enroll at the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences in Rockville. He eventually established Tonehouse Recording.

Also in the lineup is Marcy Marxer, whose collaboration with Cathy Fink earned Grammy wins for Best Musical Album For Children: “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” in 2004, and “Bon Appétit!” in 2003, according to the Grammy’s online database. Marxer will perform with Tina Chancey at BlackRock.

Sol & Funk Root is a guitar-bass-drum trio that blends rock, funk, blues and soul. Although the band’s music is rooted in blues, Sol dabbles with reggae, jazz, Latin, African music and R&B.

Pianist and guitarist Carey Creed taps her background in rock, Celtic music and gospel music. She named Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Wheeler and, of course, Joni Mitchell, as influences. She said Mitchell’s music inspired her to compose her own songs about social justice and love. Creed has won several vocalist WAMMIEs.

Husband-and-wife team Pete and Maura Kennedy are the two halves that make up The Kennedys --- with Maura on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Pete playing multiple instruments. The couple said they met in Austin, Texas, and had a first date at Buddy Holly’s grave, which according to their online bio, puts their relationship somewhere “between fate and a fairytale.”

If you go

WHAT: A musical tribute to Joni Mitchell, featuring Grace Griffith with Zan McLeod, Marcy Marxer and Tina Chancey, Sol & Funk Root, Cary Creed, and The Kennedys.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19
WHERE: BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown
COST: Tickets cost $28 and are available online, at the theater’s box office, or by calling 240-912-1058.
 

Apr 30, 2011: Music of Joni Mitchell, Asheville, NC, May 10

The Music of Joni Mitchell: A Concert to Benefit Planned Parenthood in Asheville Please join us in celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, featuring many local singers and musicians. Tuesday, May 10 7:30pm Singers include: Lisa Abeling, Debi Davidson, Lucianne Evans, Gail Forsyth, Linda Go, Amy Laderoute, Sharon LaMotte, Valorie Miller, Michael Pane, Chris Rosser, Aileen Pearlman, Aaron Price, Peggy Ratusz, Liz Riddick-Aycock, Sarah Kim Wilde, Alisa Kuumba Zuwena. Musicians include Aaron Price (producer/multi-instrumentalist), Nancy Asch (percussion), and Zack Page (basses) amongst others. Tickets are available ONLY at the door the evening of the event. Minimum donation: $10. MASONIC TEMPLE 3rd floor, 80 Broadway Asheville, NC
 

Apr 28, 2011: Songs of a Prairie Girl, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, May 4-7

The play Songs of a Prairie Girl, with six actresses portraying aspects of Joni Mitchell, plays Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre's Prairie Scene celebration.
 

Apr 27, 2011: Bread and Roses benefit to feature 2 pieces by Joni

Bread & Roses Presents: The Fine Art of Music Legends

TWO JONI MITCHELL PIECES INCLUDED

ONE DAY ONLY - SUN, MAY 15, 2011, 4 - 6 pm
Reception & Art Show/Sale
Donna Seager Gallery
851 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA

Preview the art here.

Please join Bread & Roses for a not-to-be-missed one-day benefit sale featuring fine art created by some of the music world’s most extraordinary music legends and curated by renowned gallery owner Donna Seager. Pieces to be shown include two meticulously clean wood block prints from Hejira signed by both Joni Mitchell and print artist Cynthia Marsh; a signed, lithographic self-portrait by Leonard Cohen; an extremely rare, signed Tom Waits photographic triptych; a limited edition thirteen-color and separated serigraph of Jerry Garcia painted by Grace Slick;, a limited edition giclee print by Stanley Mouse featuring the classic skull and roses Grateful Dead art; two hand-printed signed photographs by the late Jim Marshall, a Gary Houston silk screen poster for the Grateful Dead hand signed by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Herring, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Jeff Chimenti, and more.

To bid remotely please email or call Elizabeth Share (415) 945-7120 x113

Bread & Roses brings hope, healing and joy through live music to 28,000 children, teens, adults and elders who are isolated or institutionalized in the San Francisco Bay Area. We do this by presenting 600 live performances each year in hospitals, shelters for the abused and homeless, special needs schools, drug and alcohol rehabs, convalescent homes and more.
 

Feb 16, 2011: Update on upcoming Joni re-releases

"Spoony" wrote with more info on the new SHM CDs: 'As it turns out, it appears they will be more widely available, but still at a heftier price than the standard issue CDs of Joni Mitchell. Amazon is advertising what appears to be the upcoming releases (very little info is offered). Amazon states that they will be available April 12th of this year (less than a week after their Japanese release) for $40.07 each (regular price $47.98). The forthcoming releases will cover Joni Mitchell's entire studio catalog up to Mingus (1979). They are being produced on the WEA Japan label.'
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, Idyllwid, CA Feb 14

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild California 92549
951-659-5212

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, San Diego Feb 19

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet
Dizzy's @ The San Diego Wine and Culinary Center
200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120
San Diego CA 92101

Price: $15 general adm., $10 student

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, Cardiff, CA Feb 26

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn
Ki's Restaurant
2591 South Highway 101
Cardiff California 92007
760-436-5236

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, Idyllwild, CA March 14

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild California 92549
951-659-5212

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, Redlands, CA March 16

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet
The Performance Loft
345 N. 5th St
Redlands California 92374
(909) 748-6262
Price: $15

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Safaris to the Heart, Altadena, CA March 21

Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena California 91001
(626) 794-2424
Price: $15

More information
 

Feb 1, 2011: Joni back catalog released on SHM-CD

Warner Japan is releasing remastered, repackaged reissues of Joni's back catalog in mini-LP sleeves on April 6th. SHM-CD, or Super High Material CD, is an improved version of the Compact Disc material that uses super quality, enhanced transparency polycarbonate material developed for use in LCD screens. They will play in any CD player. Perhaps these will hit the western hemisphere soon, but for now they seem to only be available in Japan. We'll post more information as we get it. [Thanks to Michelle Mercer for the news]
 

Jan 25, 2011: Jazz at the Bowl, Aug 17, Los Angeles

And the boldly experimental jazz catalog of rock-folk legend Joni Mitchell will be explored in an Aug. 17 program led by drummer and music director Brian Blade, with special guest musicians and singers, that will include a complete performance of her masterful 1975 album, "The Hissing of Summer Lawns."
 

Jan 22, 2011: 'Girls' hits the silver screen

John Sayles, the Oscar-nominated writer of Passion Fish and Lone Star, has been hired by Sony to adapt Girls Like Us, the 2008 bestseller written by Sheila Weller. First-time feature director Katie Jacobs, a producer and director on the Fox series House, is helming and producing the project, along with Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon. The book traces the personal histories of singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King from childhood through their burgeoning professional careers.
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Alliston, ON - Feb 12

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Chatham, ON - Feb 10

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, North Bay, ON - Feb 5

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, St. Catharines, ON - Feb 3

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Edmonton AB - Jan 29

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Kelowna, BC - Jan 28

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Revelstoke, BC - Jan 27

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos - Hosted by Mia Sheard, Whistler, BC - Jan 25

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 17, 2010: Songs Are Like Tattoos, Toronto, ON - March 5

Songs Are Like Tattoos - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Four Singer/Songwriters interpret the music of Joni Mitchell
Hosted by Mia Sheard with Lori Cullen, David Matheson and Kevin Fox
More information
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Millenium Place, Whistler, BC
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - Roxy Theatre, Revelstoke, BC
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 - Capitol Arts Centre, North Bay, ON
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - Gibson Centre for the Arts, Alliston, ON
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
 

Dec 2, 2010: Joni & Johannes, New York City, December 19

Join cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf and pianist Simon Mulligan for a unique evening featuring the music of Johannes Brahms and Joni Mitchell, with guest stars Jessica Molaskey and Mary Beth Peil, and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and Jonathan Tunick. Cover $15.

Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, cello; Simon Mulligan, piano; Jessica Molaskey, vocals; Mary Beth Peil, vocals; Randy Landau, bass

Sunday, Dec 19 - 8:30PM at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. More information.
 

Nov 30, 2010: Joni Songs All Night Long, San Luis Obispo, CA, December 7

Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo California 93401, (805) 547-0278, 6:30-9:30 pm, Cover: $5.00

We celebrated the music of Joni Mitchell in September at our Morro Bay showcase, and the response was so strong we had to do it again. Many of the performers from that show return for an encore on Tuesday Dec. 7 at the Steynberg Gallery in SLO: Chick Tuesday, Shannon Savage, Raeme Miner & Johnee Gange, and Kay Ashley. We jazz it up with torch song vocalist Margie Nelson who will cover Joni’s “Be Cool”, which is also on Margie’s new CD “Hungry Girl”! Also performing is Human Nation jazz guitarist Adam Levine. In addition, we will add two Santa Barbarans: Karen Thurber and Tysa Goodrich, also known as Coyoteez (be sure to wish Karen “happy birthday”). More information.
 

Nov 28, 2010: Joni Mitchell Project, Darlington, UK - March 23

Sally Barker (The Poozies) presents a captivating evening of Joni Mitchell's poignant early songs in a show dedicated to one of the truly great singer songwriters. Sally is joined by Glen Hughes on piano and dulcimer and Debbie Cassel on banjo and backing vocals. These musicians take you on a dynamic journey through the heart and mind. More info.

This celebration of Joni Mitchell's genius is much more than just a tribute act. Sally Barker takes some of the most iconic and challenging songs in Joni's catalogue... the result is an evening of music that respects the original arrangements... Joni Mitchell would be proud of what she has inspired. -Peter Doggett, Mojo
 

Nov 19, 2010: Joni-inspired art Exhibition in New York City - Jan 7 - Feb 5

The exhibiton will include works from contemporary artists who have all chosen Mitchell as their subject. Works will include performance, video, painting, drawing, textile, photography and sculpture. Featured artists will include: Chris Bogia, Jason Villegas, Erik Hanson, Abby Williams, Robert Goldsworthy, and Keith Mayerson. More information can be found here.

526 W. 26th Street #605
New York, NY 10001
212.463.8500

"Joni Mitchell is one of the most revered musicians of the last century. She is a confidant, sister, mother, seer and a personification of the artist as archetype. Her influence as a creative muse spans further than the world of music, and many a 'lonely painter' has sought inspirations from her words and chords. Joni is an "artist's diva" - far from the glossy hooks of traditional radio pop stars, she has risen up through the record collections, mix tapes, CD jewel cases and Mp3 players - passed on from one sensitive soul to another for over four decades."
 

Nov 19, 2010: Sally Barker Joni Tribute in York, UK, November 19

SALLY Barker interprets the songs of the great Canadian singer-songwriter in The Joni Mitchell Project in The Basement at City Screen, York.

"This celebration of Joni Mitchell’s genius is much more than just a tribute act," says Mojo magazine’s Peter Doggett. "Sally Barker takes some of the most iconic and challenging songs in Joni's catalogue and makes them her own. Joni would be proud of what she has inspired."

Sally first came to attention in The Poozies. Tickets for tonight’s concert cost £8, members £7, on 0871 902 5726 or picturehouses.co.uk
 

Nov 17, 2010: Joni Tribute in Bakersfield, CA, Nov 18

Actress and jazz vocalist Kama Ruby ventures into yet another musical area this week with a concert featuring songs written or inspired by Joni Mitchell.

Well known for her sexy jazz standards and jazzy interpretations of classic and alternative rock songs, her latest performance focuses more on Mitchell's songbook, which also has been known to include a jazzy tune or two. Her set list will include Help Me, Woodstock, Jericho, and Blue among others.

Ms. Ruby, who wowed audiences a few months ago with her impersonations of Stevie Nicks and Judy Garland during her performance in The Empty Space's Jukebox Legends, is a huge fan of Mitchell.

"I think Joni Mitchell has been one of the bigger influences in my musical life. Her compositions are so rich with surprisingly complex lyrics and meter changes. I found her songs much harder to learn than I anticipated when I first thought up this project."

The concert, to be held at Don Martin's Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield, will showcase not only tunes written by Mitchell, but also those whose writers were inspired by Mitchell, such as Led Zeppelin's Going to California.

"I like a lot of different types of music. I guess I always wanted to be a rock star at heart," she laughed, adding, "I think it's important to embrace and learn from whatever has influenced you if you want to become better at your craft."

Joining her will be three outstanding jazz musicians from the area: Ezekiel Victor (piano), Glen Fong (bass), and Canaan McDuffie (drums). Doors open at 7:30 PM, with the concert starting at 8 PM, Thursday, Nov. 18th. Admission is $10 at the door, all ages admitted.

For more info: www.reverbnation.com/kamaruby or www.kamaruby.com
 

Nov 11, 2010: New book on Joni in the works

Greystone Books publisher Rob Sanders has acquired world rights to journalist Katherine Monk's Joni Mitchell, a new portrait of the reclusive musical icon. This book taps into Mitchell's evolving philosophy to examine how significant life events like failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, and debilitating sickness have influenced her creative expression. Author Katherine Monk moves beyond standard biography to capture the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject, weaving in personal reflections and cultural observations as she explores everything from Mitchell's lifelong obsession with Nietzsche to her current struggle with Morgellon's syndrome to reveal the Mitchell who remains misunderstood. More info here.
 

Nov 8, 2010: Unreleased audio clip of Joni on Trungpa

Michelle Mercer, author of Will You Take Me As I Am, has posted an audio clip of a conversation with Joni on her Facebook page. Those of you with Facebook accounts can listen to it here (we hope). For the rest of you, download the clip here. Of the clip, Michelle writes: In honor of Joni Mitchell's birthday, a brief excerpt from one of our marathon phone conversations. Joan discusses the journey behind Hejira, the effect of her meeting with the Tibetan lama Chogyam Trungpa, and "Refuge of the Roads."
 

Nov 7, 2010: Happy 67th birthday Joni!

Oct 14, 2010: Gunilla Tornfeldt Tribute to Joni, January 30, Sweden

Gunilla Tornfeldt performs a tribute to Joni. More details here and here.
 

Sep 30, 2010: John Kelly in Paved Paradise, Oct 6-7, Austin, TX

Now comes word that Kelly is drawing a curtain on the show. Following two performances on Oct. 9 for the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Kelly plans to retire the piece for good. Fortunately, Austin will have another opportunity to experience the show before then, in two shows, Oct. 6 and 7 at One World Theatre. Miss them at your peril. More information.
 

Sep 23, 2010: Joni Mitchell Tribute Night Benefit, Ithaca, NY October 9

Joni Mitchell Tribute night, 7pm until 10pm. Benefit for the School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street in Ithaca, New York. Many local musicians performing Joni songs to help raise scholarship money for this 50 year old community school!
 

Sep 17, 2010: John Kelly in Paved Paradise, Oct 9, Marfa, TX

On Saturday evening, October 9, the performance and visual artist John Kelly will perform his celebrated Joni Mitchell tribute, Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell, at the Crowley Theatre. Originally trained as a dancer, Kelly has been creating performance works for the past twenty-five years, "staging" the lives and works of artists such as Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, Antonin Artaud, and Jean Cocteau. He first performed his Joni Mitchell tribute in 1987; since then, he has developed the piece and toured it around the world. In 2003, in an article about Mitchell, New York Times music critic John Rockwell wrote: "Right now, the best live Joni Mitchell is the countertenor-falsettist-drag artist John Kelly in his periodic revivals of his Joni Mitchell act ... If you want to see [Joni Mitchell] in person, catch John Kelly."

There will be two performances of Paved Paradise at the Crowley Theatre on Saturday evening: one at 7:00 PM and one at 10:00. The performances are free, but as seating is limited, reservations are strongly advised.

To make a reservation, click here or call the museum office at 432 729-4362.
 

Sep 12, 2010: Unpublished Joni photos to appear in new book

NEW YORK, NY.- Newly established publisher/editor Thurston Moore (founding member of Sonic Youth) is ecstatic to present as lead title in his first fall season: a luxury format, hardcover volume of the sumptuous photography taken by his favorite American music photojournalist, James Hamilton, entitled: You Should Have Heard Just What I Seen (Ecstatic Peace Library; November 2010)

James Hamilton's portraits of music world luminaries, reveal a previously unearthed master photographer, with compelling and rarely seen images of visionaries and artists from Madonna and Nico to Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. This very first book devoted to James Hamilton's music photography unveils a treasure trove of arresting images, previously unpublished, or available until now only fleetingly in print periodicals.

James Hamilton served as staff photographer for the seminal music magazine Crawdaddy! in the1960s, before later serving on staff at The Herald, Harper's Bazaar, the Village Voice, and The New York Observer in turn. During his tenure at these iconic publications he recorded the rock, punk, disco and hip-hop eras as they simmered in Manhattan . His images capture such emerging artists Suzanne Vega, and Run DMC posing with a young Russell Simmons to relaxed visions of Joan Jett, and poet/songstress Patti Smith with Television's Tom Verlaine. James Hamilton's work moves beyond the label of "photojournalism" and into the realm of art, bringing a rarely seen soulfulness to the oversaturated world of celebrity photography.

Enter the world of James Hamilton, and gain access to a secret stash of rarely seen and previously unpublished celebrity images, predating the age of the internet, and existing for years only in print archives. Peter Tosh, LL Cool J, John Zorn, James Brown, Yoko Ono, Jerry Garcia, Joey Ramone, Rick Rubin, Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan are all captured with stunning sensitivity and clarity - in 300 delicate duotone images - granting the viewer unprecedented contact to subtleties of his subjects' personalities. Hamilton visually embraces his subjects, capturing them in all of their glorious humanity, and presenting portraits of celebrity in a light that is more personality than persona.

Featuring rare and previously unpublished photographs of: Patti Smith * Count Basie * Debbie Harry * Iggy Pop * Sonic Youth * Nico * Glenn Branca * Carole King * Ronnie Spector * Yoko Ono * Tom Verlaine * James Brown * Rick Rubin * Beastie Boys * Run DMC & Russell Simmons * Pussy Galore * John Fogarty * Ray Davies * BB King * Joni Mitchell * Dolly Parton * Jerry Lee Lewis * Paul Weller * John Zorn * Joey Ramone * Liberace * Laurie Anderson * Madonna * Jerry Garcia * John Lurie * Stevie Wonder * Roberta Flack * Dusty Springfield * Dizzy Gillespie * David Johansen * Danny Fields * Joan Jett * Jimi Hendrix * Bono * Phillip Glass * Rod Stewart * Prince * Bing Crosby * Captain Beefheart * Frank Zappa * Bette Midler * Van Morrison * The Feelies * Sun Ra * Suzanne Vega * Sarah Vaughn * Sean Cassidy * Bob Marley * Bobby Womack * Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young... and more
 

Aug 25, 2010: PazFest II - New Orleans, Sept 2-6

NEW ORLEANS, LA - August 17, 2010: Michael Paz, New Orleans Music Producer, and Founder of The Ruth Paz Foundation which is funding the construction of The Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in Honduras, Central America announced today PAZ FEST II an all-star musical tribute to Joni Mitchell, Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8pm at the Howlin' Wolf, 907 South Peters Street New Orleans, LA. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at Howlin' Wolf Box Office or by calling (504) 529-5844.

A musical tribute to singer songwriter and cultural icon, Joni Mitchell, Paz Fest II is also a fundraising celebration for the opening of the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Joining the all-star line-up are Beth Patterson, Alexis Marceaux, Ingrid Lucia, DJ G-Cue, Alex McMurray of Royal Fingerbowl, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Ricky Sebastian, Leslie Smith, The Jesse Boyd Trio, Sharon Martin, Kristen Diablo, Alexandra Scott, Paul Sanchez, Steve Polifka of Milwaukee, Ray Ganacheau, Pat Weathers, Roman Street of Mobile, Alabama and Michael Paz. All will perform Joni Mitchell songs from her amazing catalog.

There will be a concert preview at Ogden After Hours at the Ogden Museum on Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 6-8pm. Free for members or $10 donation to non-members, benefiting the Ruth Paz Foundation. On the same night, the Ogden Museum will also host a book signing for "New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost - 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City," edited by Lee Barclay, photographs by Christopher Porché West.

Named for Ruth Paz, a US native who dedicated her life to help the underprivileged children of Honduras, the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery is a program of the Ruth Paz Foundation, which has been active in seeking medical treatment for children for over 30 years. "My mother was an incredible guardian for the children of Honduras and I am honored that the musicians of New Orleans would come together for this important cause," said Michael Paz.

Ten years ago a diverse group of musicians and fans gathered at the Howlin' Wolf for Paz Fest 1, a memorable night of music that raised significant funds to support the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery. A CD of Paz Fest 1 was released and continues to fund this very important project. It can be purchased at http://www.cdbaby.com/pazfest. Ten years later, Paz Fest II will celebrate the opening of the hospital and will be recorded for a new Paz Fest II CD.
 

Aug 19, 2010: New DVD featuring Joni - "Legends of the Canyon"

To be released August 31st:
LEGENDS OF THE CANYON delivers the story of the advent of rock music spawned in the garden of the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon. Many of rock music's legendary artists of the late 1960's brought to life the anthems of a generation in these hills, in a commune-like setting. CROSBY STILLS and NASH, The Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, America,, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds and many others...

Adding depth, color and certainly authenticity to the film, famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, (CSNY official photographer) contributes as narrator and with a variety of original photographs, some never before exhibited, and rare footage shot amongst the musicians' tribe of Laurel Canyon. Visually stunning, intensely captivating and musically inspiring, this CLASSIC ARTISTS' film brings us to a time and place where some refused to let go of a dream of a life where harmony ruled the Earth, their music still echoes through the hills of Laurel Canyon to this day.

More information here.
 

Aug 18, 2010: Blue: The Music of Joni Mitchell - August 21, Pittsfield, MA

Joni Mitchell's exquisitely crafted words and music shine in this intimate, acoustic concert performed by top New York and Nashville musicians. The show pays tribute to Mitchell, presenting Blue in its entirety, along with many favorites from other early albums including "Song To a Seagull," "Clouds," "Ladies of the Canyon," "For the Roses" and "Court and Spark." More information here.
 

Jul 31, 2010: Joni nominated for Audubon Award

Joni Mitchell has been nominated to receive the 2011 John James Audubon Center Award for Art Inspiring Conservation. This award honors an individual who, through their body of work or a single seminal work, uses art to communicate the real and intrinsic value of the nature, interpret conservation challenges, and inspire humanity to take actions that will protect and preserve birds, other wildlife and the world we share. Scott Weidensaul, the Pulitzer prize nominated writer of "Living on the Wind" was the 2010 recipient.
 

Jun 22, 2010: Classic Joni song featured in new movie

Joni's version of "All I Want" will be included on the soundtrack to the film "The Kids Are All Right", starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. August 3rd is the scheduled release date. "Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenkob's Sundance hit 'The Kids Are All Right' is an intimate portrait of a "modern family" consisting of mom and mom, daughter and son, with the "dad" role narrowed down to a specimen selected from the local sperm bank. When the kids become teenagers they decide to look for their biological father - cue dramatic tension and the upheaval of the uncomplicated (if traditionally unconventional) family life. Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as the middle-aged lesbian partners, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (the Alice of Tim Burton's 'Wonderland') as one of the teenage kids, and Mark Ruffalo as the sperm donor father."
 

Jun 15, 2010: Joni Tribute with Lynn Skinner, Denver, August 13

The Lynn Skinner Quintet brings their popular Joni Mitchell Tribute to Swallow Hill Music in Denver this summer. Daniels Hall is the perfect venue for 4 decades of Joni's music, complete with contemporary arrangements and anecdotes about Joni's amazing career as a songwriter, performer, and artist. Part education, lots of laughs, and all music! More info
 

Jun 10, 2010: Joni Jazz Summer Solstice Radio Special - June 24

David Gizara, host of Thursday Night Jazz at KLCC in Eugene, Oregon will be presenting his annual "Joni Mitchell Jazz Summer Solstice Radio Special" on June 24 starting at 9 pm (Pacific time). This show features instrumental and vocal jazz covers of the music of Joni Mitchell. This year's show will feature the Joni Mitchell songs most covered by other artists. The plan is to segue together sometimes multiple versions of the top twenty covered Mitchell songs in kind of a tone poem format. Be sure and tune in on the internet!
 

May 10, 2010: Lesson in Survival

Folks, we are quite confident that the website has gone down for the last time. Our previous (unnamed) hosting company suspended the site a half a dozen times for "overloading the server". Each time, we obliged by rewriting our databases and tweaking our code to try to comply with their requests. Ultimately, over the past few days, we made our hejira from the host in question and moved to another host with a better understanding of our code base and a much more helpful attitude. Our apologies for all the downtime - we no longer plan to weave a course of grace and havoc and vow to remember that you get what you pay for.
 

May 1, 2010: 'Safari' CD release party in San Diego - May 22

Dear friends,

We are very pleased to announce that advance tickets can now be bought for the May 22nd CD release concert for our new album Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell.

We'll have our full 7-piece Mutts of the Planet band performing the incredible music of Joni Mitchell. If you've heard the CD already, you know that the band features amazing musicians and can really lift the roof. If you thought Joni Mitchell was a 60's folk singer, you'll be blown away by the music she wrote in subsequent decades: world music, beat poetry, jazz, pop-rock. We do it all, and we'll be shooting a video that night too so come out and help us make it a great night. If you haven't heard the CD yet, well, we just might have some copies for sale that night! And of course you can listen to tracks from it and order it from our website.

May 22nd 7.30 p.m at Tango Del Rey in San Diego.

From the North: South on Interstate 5, Exit Balboa Ave, Straight to 4th Traffic Light then left on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks.

From the South: North on Interstate 5, Exit Grand/Garnet Ave, Straight to 3rd Traffic Light then right on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks.

The room has great sound and is visually stunning. Parking is easy and plentiful. The venue holds about 160 max so we urge you to buy your tickets in advance (see below) as we usually sell out the house.

There's a full bar and you can order food (pastas, pizza, salads etc) but please note the food will only be available before the show.

Buy your tickets in advance using PayPal from http://www.robinadler.com/calendar.html ($20 advance + $1 service charge; $25 at the door)

Hope to see you May 22nd!
Robin & Dave
 

Mar 22, 2010: Safaris to the Heart: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell released today

"Safaris to the Heart: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell" is being released today. Recorded, in part, at the SoCal JoniFest 2009, this CD features San Diego's finest. Place your order here. Partial proceeds go to support JoniMitchell.com.

Vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, multi-instrumentalist and music producer Dave Blackburn, have been lifelong fans of the music of Joni Mitchell and, in early 2006, embarked on the ambitious project of learning her music in all its complexity and through all its epochs. To realize this goal, they formed a band dedicated solely to this music, named Mutts of the Planet, after a lyric from one of Mitchell's songs. The band features several of San Diego's finest musicians, many with long pedigrees in the jazz world, including Adler herself.

Mutts of the Planet explore Joni Mitchell's music from both a jazz improvisatory angle and as a traditional homage. The band has evolved many original jazz inflected arrangements of iconic Mitchell standards such as "Woodstock", "River" and "Both Sides Now" and tackles some of the most challenging material from the later periods in Mitchell's career. The early years are also represented in an acoustic duo setting for part of the show.

The result has been a hugely successful series of sold out concerts over a four-year period. The music is presented along with backstory and biographical details of Mitchell's life and work, and this has been a favorite aspect for many listeners. Mutts of the Planet celebrate the release of their new CD "Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell" It is the culmination of several months of work, from both the musicians themselves and members of the international Joni Mitchell web community, known as the JMDL.

As of 2010 it appears that Joni Mitchell herself has retired from the performing stage and this project endeavors to keep her music alive in all its beauty, as a live show and now as an album of lush reinterpretations. The February 2010 edition of the San DiegoTroubadour features Adler & Blackburn and this project as their feature story in which the author writes: "I can honestly say that I wasn't in the least prepared for the 'world class-ness' of Robin's voice"

Audience testimonials from the RobinAdler.com guestbook:
"Robin's vocals were dead on. I thought Joni was actually in the room!"
"Robin was incarnating the soul and spirit of our beloved Joni"
"Was it worth the 2,281 miles I traveled to hear it? Oh, heck yeah!"


Robin Adler (lead vocals)
Dave Blackburn (guitars and vocals)
Dave Curtis (bass, keyboards and vocals)
Barnaby Finch (keyboards and vocals)
Jeff Olson (drums)
Britt Doehring (backup vocals)
 

Mar 15, 2010: Joni/Leonard Tribute in Wilton Center, Connecticut - March 21

Wilton Library's Connecticut's Own Sunday concert series takes a slight departure from chamber music on March 21, when local vocalist Suzanne Sheridan performs "Both Sides Now," a musical tribute from 4 to 5 p.m. Ms. Sheridan, a regular performer with the Exit 43 band, appeared last June at the library's annual meeting with the band, and returns for this solo performance.

The free concert is a tribute to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Joni Mitchell's greatest hits include "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi," "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio," and "Chelsea Morning." Cohen's discography includes "Suzanne," "Anthem," "Like a Bird on a Wire," and "Hallelujah." While reading the book Girls Like Us, Suzanne discovered that Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell were briefly involved in a love affair in the early '70s. Musically, at least, Suzanne has reunited them.

According to Ms. Sheridan, she is "a singer, songwriter and guitarist who loves connecting with people through music." She has won honors in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has sung jingles for Pepsi, Hardees, Hasbro, Texaco and others. As a songwriter, she has penned "90 Pound Suburban Housewife Driving in Her SUV." She also is a guitarist, photographer, workshop leader and a resident of Westport. She performs in theaters, churches, hospitals and clubs, and her solo singing career has taken her internationally as well.

Wilton Library's Connecticut's Own concert series is free of charge. Advance registration is recommended. Pre-registrants must arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating. After 3:50 p.m., and if space is available, waitlisted and walk-in registrants will be admitted. For information, directions and to register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call (203) 762-3950 ext. 213. Wilton Library is located in the heart of Wilton Center, Connecticut at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. The final concert date in the series is April 25 with Larry Shiller and Olga Gurevich.
 

Feb 24, 2010: Exhibition looking for venues

Available June of 2010, Experience Music Project (EMP) presents Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash. This dynamic new exhibition showcases some of the most memorable photography in the history of popular music: iconic performance shots of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana; portraits of Bo Diddley, Joni Mitchell, and Johnny Cash; as well as intimate photographs of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. All chosen by a legendary musician who is also highly regarded as a photographer, collector, and pioneer in digital imaging and printing.

As guest curator, Graham Nash brings his rich musical history, keen eye, and storytelling skills to an exhibition of 98 rock 'n' roll images taken by 40 renowned rock photographers, including Anton Corbijn, Lynn Goldsmith, Annie Leibovitz, Daniel Kramer, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Francesco Scavullo, Alfred Wertheimer, and Nash himself. More information here.
 

Feb 22, 2010: LA art opening includes pictures of Joni - March 4-18

Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. The March 4 event is a Los Angeles premiere exhibit and will feature over 40 images of recognizable faces from the past and present musical landscape. The range of artists featured will include Radiohead, Nirvana, Willie Nelson Jerry Garcia, Widespread Panic, U2, Joni Mitchell, Phish, Dave Matthews, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. Opened in 1998, Mr Musichead Gallery is LA's first gallery devoted to featuring a vast and unique collection of album cover art, poster art, fine art and photography that chronicles rock and roll's rich heritage. More info here.
 

Feb 5, 2010: "Song Are Like Tattoos" tribute, Toronto, March 6

Saturday, March 6; Joni Mitchell Tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto, hosted by Mia Sheard. Featuring Lily Frost, Wilderness of Manitoba, Leah Salomaa, Paisley Jura & Nick Zubeck. Band: Joan Besen, Ryan Granville-Martin, Chris Gartner, Colleen Allen & Kurt Swinghammer. $22 in advance or $25 at the door.
 

Jan 28, 2010: Site back online with changes

JoniMitchell.com is back on-line after a bit of an extended absence. Seems the site is getting a little too popular for its own good and is overwhelming our server. In light of this, we regret having to announce that you must now be logged into JoniMitchell.com in order to access the Library of Articles and to do a site-wide search. Registering is a quick process and all we need is to verify that you are a human being with a valid email address. We will never use your email address for anything.

The Library of Articles relies on frequent database access and has come to be "hammered" by automated bots across the globe, overwhelming the server. The only way to keep them out, keep the site up, and keep the site free to everyone is to require a log in. Consider it your own personal Joni Mitchell Library Card. Thanks for your understanding.
 

Jan 18, 2010: Sally Barker in Joni tribute, Lichfield, UK, Jan 30

Lichfield Arts will kick off life at their temporary home with a performance from Sally Barker. Holy Cross Hall on Chapel Lane will be the venue when she pays tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell on January 30. Sally a popular performer in Lichfield and has appeared in the city as a member of the Poozies. She'll be joined by Glen Hughes (keyboard/dulcimer) and Debbie Cassell (banjo/vocals) for this latest performance. More info...
 

Jan 16, 2010: She can't go back there anymore...

As Winston Churchill famously said, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key." The key to the mysterious boxed set seems to be Joni herself. In an interview with the Vancouver Sun published today, Joni says "I was trying to put together a box set, which I think I'm going to abort, I don't know that I'm going to do it or not. I don't like listening back, no I don't." So there we have it, not a definite no but pretty darn close.
 

Dec 26, 2009: Interview unheard for 42 years now available again.

On Friday evening, March 17, 1967, Ed Sciaky went to the 2nd Fret (operated by Manny "Money" Rubin) in downtown Philadelphia (on Sansom Street) and recorded an interview with Joni Mitchell. Recorded between sets, this recording was mastered at 7 and a half IPS on Shamrock recording tape, a cheap brand of audio tape but all that college student Ed Sciaky could afford. It was recorded on an Ampex 354 mono tape recorder with an RCA 44 microphone. Ed Sciaky spoke into one side of the mic and Joni into the other. Since Joni spoke softly, her level was lower than Ed. The interview was engineered by Mike Biel, a student executive at the station at that time.

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia (of which Ed is now a member), an organization of 350 area broadcasters, has recently equalized and adjusted the levels of the interview and the complete audio interview is now available on their website. They are proud to make this priceless interview again available to the public. The entire interview has not been heard since it was aired the next evening, Saturday, March 18th on Ed's folk music show called "Broadside," which was broadcast Saturday evenings from 8 pm and 12 midnight over WRTI-FM, the campus radio station of Temple University in Philadelphia. The 1974 airing over WMMR was an excerpt.
 

Dec 21, 2009: IMBSAKIMBO Celebrates Joni Mitchell, Jan 31 in NYC

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is proud to present the newly-formed band, LIMBSAKIMBO in "Court And Spark," at Birdland on Sunday, January 31st at 6pm. The concert will be part of the award-winning series Broadway at Birdland. Sunday, January 31 at 6pm Broadway at Birdland 315 West 44 Street, NYC 212-581-3080

LIMBSAKIMBO follows up it's summer tribute to Marvin Gaye with an exploration and reevaluation of the poetry, intellect, and mystery of Joni Mitchell. From folk to funk, jazz to soul, Joni Mitchell has reinvented and exploded musical styles, and her work inspires Limbsakimbo to continue their pursuit of stylistic freedom and adventurous music making.

LIMBSAKIMBO is Lindsay Mendez, Michael Aarons, and Chris Fenwick, whose creative energy and musical restlessness marked their work together on the recent Broadway revival of Grease. The band will also be joined by Damien Bassman on drums, Mark Vanderpoel on bass, and Summer Boggess on cello.

Lead singer Lindsay Mendez was an original cast member of the most recent Broadway revival of Grease, playing the role of Jan. She also served as a "Mennonette" to Sherie Rene Scott in the critically acclaimed Everyday Rapture at 2nd Stage Theater this past spring. She can currently be seen as Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Theater.

Guitarist and arranger Michael Aarons has worked with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Paul McCartney, Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Liza Minnelli, Elton John and others. He originated the guitar chairs at Laugh Whore, High Fidelity, Grease, 9 to 5, and Memphis, where he currently plays. Michael is an arranger on the hit show, Next To Normal. As a composer, Michael's music has been featured on Lifetime, Style Network and MTV.

Pianist and arranger Chris Fenwick has musical directed productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and across the country. He has also accompanied and conducted numerous artists in concert including Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch and Audra McDonald. His most recent project was the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Giant. Currently, he can be seen as Associate Musical Director on The Addams Family.
 

Dec 10, 2009: Mingus/Mitchell inspired art show, Medina, NY through Jan 14

A series of paintings inspired by a 30-year-old album by Joni Mitchell is featured in a dual exhibition opening Friday at Shawn's Gate Art Gallery & Studio, 409 Main Street in Medina, New York. The show, on view through Jan. 14, 2010, features paintings by Mark Weld of Middleport and metal sculpture by Emil Smith of Medina. More information by calling the Gallery at (585) 733-2153.
 

Nov 20, 2009: 35th Anniversary Celebration of Joni, Titusville, NJ, Nov 21

Joni Mitchell's star-maker machinery inspires a tribute
BY LISA RICH
35th Anniversary Celebration of Joni Mitchell

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, November 21
Where: Concerts at the Crossing, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville
Admission: $23 at the door; concertsatthecrossing.com

When musician Joni Mitchell released her album "Court and Spark" in 1974, she dared to do something different.

The songstress was deliberately stepping away from the folk rock niche that had gained her adoration and scores of publicity and fans.

It was time to experiment with other sounds: jazz and jazz fusion. The process paid off. she later won a Grammy award for the album for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

Thirty-five years later, a group of musicians in their own right are paying tribute to Mitchell's release of "Court and Spark" and her decades of inspiring music that followed the album.

Tomorrow night at Concerts at the Crossing in Titusville, singer/songwriter Maura Kennedy is leading the 35th anniversary celebration.

Joining Kennedy will be three of her favorite musical friends including Sloan Wainwright, Kelly Flint and LisaBeth (with Maggie Marshall).
 

Nov 8, 2009: NPR's 50 Great Voices and the elusive boxed set

In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. The series isn't an attempt to catalog the so-called "greatest" singers. Instead, they hope to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. Earlier, NPR asked the public to nominate artists for the series and received thousands of options. NPR and a panel of experts are in the process of whittling them down to about 100 singers - a mix of familiar names and surprising discoveries. Currently, down to around 130 singers, Joni is still in the running! Let's help Joni get recognized as one of the 50 great voices. Cast your vote!

Also, the word from the man on the street is that Reprise has begun handling the new releases from Rhino. There was some concern about Rhino's health and it appears now that there still may be hope for the release of Joni's boxed set what with Reprise stepping in. Sorry for the mere speculation, but the status of this set seems to be the most closely guarded secret since the appointment of the pope. Thanks to Greg for the tip.
 

Nov 4, 2009: Wish Joni a Happy Birthday

Joni's birthday is November 7th. Wish her a Happy Birthday here. There is no guarantee that she'll see it, but one never knows!
 

Nov 2, 2009: Happy Birthday Roberta Joan Tribute, Pittburgh, November 7

Happy Birthday Roberta Joan ~ A Star-Studded Joni Mitchell Tribute, will be held Saturday, November 7th at 7pm at Your Inner Vagabond in Pittsburgh, PA. In this very special homage to Joni Mitchell on her 66th birthday, a diverse array of artists (featuring Autumn Ayers, Brewer's Row, The Weathered Road, Heather Kropf, Mark Dignam, Maddie Georgi, Ruby Vere, and The Thomas Twins) will show how Joni has influenced their own songwriting by performing their original songs as well some of their favorites from Joni. Joni-philes will not want to miss a minute of this show, which starts promptly at 7pm. Doors: 6:30pm, Show: 7pm-11:30pm, $8 cover in the Back Lounge. Produced by TR Creative Services.
 

Oct 29, 2009: Christine Fagan, Music by Joni and Mingus, Ottawa, Oct 30

What: Christine Fagan and the Impressions in Jazz Orchestra perform new arrangements of music by Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus
When: Friday
Where: Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa, Canada
Tickets: $25/adults, $15/students
 

Oct 25, 2009: A Tribute to Joni - Morro Bay, CA, November 14

Morro Bay Sings Joni - A Tribute to Joni Mitchell. Singers to appear: Lindsay Tomasic, Jody Mulgrew (formally with the Johnny Starlings), Raeme Miner (formally with Resination), Allison Keller and Friends.

November 14th, 2009 at the Morro Bay Vets Hall. Food, Beer, Wine, and Drawing Tickets for sale between 5pm & 7pm. Music starts at 7pm, Tickets are $20.00 ($30.00 at the door). 100% of proceeds go to the Morro Bay Community Foundation. For Ticket info call 805.234.2980.

Raising Funds and Awareness for the Morro Bay Community Foundation, Providing Recreational Activity Scholarships for children in Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos.

FOOD: Homemade soups with salad & bread (Catered by The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar)
WINE: by Clayhouse Wines
BEER: by Einhorn Beer Company
Food, wine and beer not included in price of admission.
 

Oct 22, 2009: Joni Mitchell Songbook - Toronto, October 29 and 31

The Canwest Cabaret Festival features the "Joni Mitchell Songbook" concert with Heather Bambrick, Suba Sankaran, David Sereda, Elizabeth Sheppard and Denzal Sinclaire. Musical Direction: Suba Sankaran. Two nights, October 29th and 31st at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49) in Toronto. More information here.
 

Oct 22, 2009: Three albums to be re-released on 180 gram vinyl

Who says the 70's are over? Three of Joni's albums will be re-released on 180 gram vinyl, yes vinyl! Ladies of the Canyon, Court and Spark , and The Hissing of Summer Lawns will all be released on December 8. Get your order in at the links above then head to the basement and find that turntable. Yes, the 70's may be back but those 70's prices are long gone.
 

Oct 21, 2009: Joni Tribute in Woodstock, NY, October 25

"Music at the Movies" presents a Joni Mitchell Tribute in Woodstock, NY at the Tinker Street Cinema featuring some of Woodstock's finest musicians and singers. October 25.
 

Oct 20, 2009: New Joni tribute CD available

On August 14, 2008, sixty of the Washington D.C. areas' finest musicians & singers gathered together to pay tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell at the Music Center at Strathmore. The 2,000 seat concert hall was sold out and the crowd was treated to a wonderful career retrospective of one of musics' immortals as more than 30 of Mitchell's songs were performed. The show was produced by Bandhouse Gigs, a DC based not for profit entity that has organized nine successful tribute concerts in the area since their beginnings in 2004. Other tribute honorees include The Band, Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Nick Lowe, Allen Toussaint, Bob Dylan, the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and Nils Lofgren.

We are pleased to announce that a CD featuring 16 songs performed that night is now available through Bandhouse Gigs.

Among the evenings performers were some of the shining lights in DC music including; Grammy award winners John Jennings, & Jon Carroll, Mary Ann Redmond, Lea, Grace Griffith, Laura Burhenn, Naked Blue, Chaise Lounge, Luke Brindley, Margot MacDonald, Chelsea Lee, Heidi Martin, Diane Rosenthal, Esther Haynes, Carey Creed, One Horse Town, Cairo Fred, Deeme Katson, Cal Everett, and guitarist Steuart Smith of the Eagles who recorded with Mitchell on her Turbulent Indigo album. More than 25 of D.C.'s finest musicians backed this array of singers throughout the concert.
 

Oct 18, 2009: Boxed set delayed, at least.

Getting news on the previously announced boxed set is harder to come by than an appearance by Joni herself. Some sources say November (highly unlikely), some say February (more likely), but most official sources say nothing at all. As soon as we get some reliable information, we'll have it for you here.
 

Oct 13, 2009: Both Sides of Joni: Perth, Australia, October 24

The York Jazz Festival is delighted to present in association with JAZZWA, Both Sides of Joni Mitchell. It will feature jazz and soul vocal legends, Helen Matthews and Annie Neil, along with two outstanding contemporary vocalists from WA Academy of Performing Arts, Kristen Abbott and Georgia Mooney, plus an outstanding trio line-up of musicians performing at the festival. Some of the repertoire will include Blue, Both Sides Now, Woodstock, River and Chelsea Morning.

This performance will not only focus on Mitchell's music but also images of her art, as well as a spoken narrative of the time, people and places that inspired this great artist.

More info here.
 

Oct 13, 2009: Mapping the Voice of Joni Mitchell, Lecture, Auckland NZ, Oct 30

Mapping the Voice of Joni Mitchell: An analysis of the recorded career of Joni Mitchell graphed through the understanding of specific vocal function. Presented by Joseph Gardner. October 30th, 7pm at the Music Theater, School of Music, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
 

Oct 6, 2009: Track listing for Amchitka CD

The track listing for the new Amchitka CD release has been revealed. Looks like we get to hear a couple of unique medleys from Joni!

DISC ONE
Phil Ochs
1. Intro Irving Stowe
2. Intro Phil Ochs
3. The Bells (E. A. Poe/P. Ochs)
4. Rhythms of Revolution
5. Chords of Fame
6. I Ain't Marching Anymore
7. Joe Hill
8. Changes
9. I'm Going To Say It Now
10. No More Songs

James Taylor
11. Intro James Taylor
12. Something In The Way She Moves
13. Fire and Rain
14. Carolina In My Mind
15. Blossom
16. Riding On A Railroad
17. Sweet Baby James
18. You Can Close Your Eyes

DISC TWO
Joni Mitchell
1. Intro Joni Mitchell
2. Big Yellow Taxi/Bony Maroni (Larry Williams)
3. Cactus Tree
4. The Gallery
5. Hunter
6. My Old Man
7. For Free
8. Woodstock
9. Carey/Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)
10. A Case Of You
11. The Circle Game
 

Oct 2, 2009: Joni 's Drawings on exhibit in London

Five "unseen" drawings of Joni's are currently featured in a new exhibition at the Scream Gallery in west London. The gallery is currently home to the music industry’s greatest legends’ artwork, some of which has never been seen before. Frank Sinatra, for example, painted himself as a cheerless, unkempt clown while coping with a divorce from his third wife, actress Ava Gardner. The self-portrait, which will be available this month for £25,000, is just one of more than 30 pieces, ranging from paintings to drawings to sketches, featured in the Original Artwork by Pop Culture Artists exhibition. The show, which opened on September 24, also includes works from Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Kurt Cobain. Jamie Wood (son of musician Ronnie Wood), who runs the Scream gallery, said that he hoped the exhibition would establish these prominent musicians as “great visual artists in their own rights” due to the art world’s usual scorn of non-artist celebrities entering that realm. Wood assures that the 30-plus works on display “actually show so much more emotion than we see in much contemporary art these days, because they are by multifaceted artists whose creativity extends beyond just one dimension.” Those who can't make it to the event can view the artwork online. The exhibition closes on October 31st.
 

Oct 2, 2009: Joni Mitchell Project touring UK in November

Sally Barker's Joni Mitchell Project will be touring the UK in November. Check out the dates on her website.
 

Oct 2, 2009: Joni Mitchell Tribute, Ithica, NY, Oct 16

Joni Mitchell Tribute Night, Friday October 16, 2009. 7 pm to ? at The Community School of Music and Arts. Located at 330 E. MLK/State Street in Ithaca, NY 14850. The performers featured are Terry Burns and Ron Kristy, Joe Gaylord, Colleen Kattau, Sue McNamara, John Simon & Tom Farrell, Linda Stout, Patti Witten... and there could be more! For more information, call 607-272-1474 or visit their website.
 

Oct 2, 2009: Girls Like Us reading and performance, NYC, Oct 5

A special Broadway Close Up presentation, Girls Like Us is based on the bestselling book by Sheila Weller and features the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. If you grew up listening to these songs, you'll love the unique interpretations of Merkin's stellar cast, which includes Liz Callaway, Barbara Walsh, Capathia Jenkins, Jessica Molaskey and Ann Hampton Callaway. Weller will read from her book and discuss the three artists, whose music influenced and reflects the women's revolution in the '60s and '70s. Come take an eye-opening tour through the stories and songs that have become ingrained in the psyche of America's soul. More information here.
 

Sep 27, 2009: A Case of You Wine Pairing with John Kelly, NYC, Oct 2

"Joni Mitchell A CASE OF YOU Wine Pairing"
performed by John Kelly
Friday October 2 at 10pm
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York
20 Songs, 20 Wines, $55 (price includes wine pairings!)

In the latest of wine pairing City Winery continues the tradition of pairing wine with music with a very special night of Joni Mitchell songs performed live by John Kelly, each accompanied by a wine that we feel best suits the flavor and character of the music. Kelly sings and plays dulcimer and replicates Mitchell s guitar style by way of her signature open tunings; Zecca Esquibel will be joining on Keyboard for this very special night of music and wine.
Two-time Obie Award and recent Rome Prize winner John Kelly will perform a concert of 20 Joni Mitchell s songs culled from Kelly s past four concerts of Joni s work: Shiny Hot Nights , Get Up And Jive , Paved Paradise Redux , and Songs For A Shiny Hot Night: Court And Spark . But unlike those staged concert/performance works, this is a DRAG FREE concert, and the first installment of 'She Is Queen Undisputedly Of Mind Beauty (SIQUOMB): The Joni Mitchell Songbook' , an event with a more specific focus on the drama he finds--and brings to life--in her simultaneously accessible and illusive contemporary art songs.

For More Information or to Purchase tickets visit their website.
 

Sep 26, 2009: 'Singing Blue' Fundraising Event - Hove, East Sussex, UK, Nov 14

A fundraising event where the entire "Blue" album will be performed by Tina Bell and other local musicians - in collaboration with The Friends of Downs View charity to raise awareness of music therapy, and raise funds so that children at the school and in the local community can continue to benefit from it. The evening will include live music, an insight into music therapy, a fund raising auction and raffle with fantastic prizes.

The organization is appealing to local businesses with strong community links to support our efforts with a donation for our auction/raffle. We would be grateful for anything you can provide – all monies raised will go directly towards funding music therapy for these children. The main performance will be Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ album, sung by Tina Bell and guest stars – so donations of blue items to continue the theme would be fantastic. All donors will be thanked and acknowledged at the event.

Find more information on their website.
 

Sep 26, 2009: Charlie Dee touring Netherlands with Joni Tribute - Sept through Dec

Charlie Dee is touring the Netherlands with her Tribute to Joni Mitchell through December 12th in support of her new DVD. Check her website for all the details.
 

Sep 18, 2009: Rare Greenpeace recording out soon

In November, Greenpeace will release "AMCHITKA", a 2-CD set of a benefit concert that was performed by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, the late Phil Ochs and Chilliwack in Vancouver, Canada, on October 16, 1970. The $18,000 raised at that time enabled Greenpeace to launch its first action, sailing a fishing trawler to Amchitka Island in the Aleutians to protest underground nuclear weapons tests. Stay tuned for details on how to purchase the CD.
 

Sep 5, 2009: Successful fund drive

Many thanks to all who helped support this website by making financial contributions. Enough money was raised to pay for the costs of hosting the site for an entire year.
 

Aug 29, 2009: Website fund drive

JoniMitchell.com is the official site, yet 100% funded by fans. Our fund raising efforts only desire to cover actual monetary expenses for hosting the site - the cost of presenting this to you over the Internet. If the staff of this website were fully paid, certainly this site's cost would run into 6 figures annually. We're hoping only to raise $1800 (usd) for the year.

Did you know?:

The Chronology section is the result of over four decades of work by Simon Montgomery. Rivaled only perhaps... maybe... by the Bob Dylan chronology, this incredible archive of concert dates is presented, like everything else on the site, absolutely free.

The Library is the result of a decade of research by fans across the globe, all contributing their own time, money, and energy to bring a searchable goldmine of more than five decades of articles and books written about Joni. We know of no other such archive devoted to a single artist anywhere else on the Internet.

Joni Undercover is also an unrivaled one-of-a-kind archive. The product of years of research by Bob Muller and contributors across the world, this collection of "covers" has become the standard by which others are judged.

The Guitar and Piano sections present, for free, hundreds of transcriptions of Joni's music. Again, this section - decades in the making - has proven to be the definitive source (so far) for information on Joni's many unique tunings. Sue, Marian, Howard, and Dave collect, create, and present this exhaustive archive for all to use.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. From the site's original vision by Wally Breese and Jim Johansen - to the interactive nature of the site today, JoniMitchell.com presents a depth and wealth of information worthy of the great artist herself. We refuse all advertisements, and we refuse to EVER charge to view any of the content. Please consider making a donation to keep this site alive.
 

Aug 20, 2009: Joni tribute in Pawling, New York - August 23

With the success of their Bob Dylan night, the Towne Crier in Pawling, New York continues their Musical Heritage series by celebrating the music of another of the most influential musicians to emerge from the 1960s folk scene, JONI MITCHELL.

Drawing from the wealth of musical talent in and around the Hudson Valley, this evening will feature collaborations by a group of some of the Hudson Valley’s finest musicians and singer-songwriters. Their intent is to expand the boundaries of the great tradition of singing songs together, and fueling the spirit.
 

Aug 15, 2009: Tribute by Lynn Skinner, Estes Park, CO: August 27

Vocalist Lynn Skinner returns with her Joni Mitchell tribute. Thursday, August 27th from 7:00-8:30 PM. Thursday Night Live Concert Series at Performance Park in Estes Park, Colorado. Free event!
 

Aug 15, 2009: Tribute by Lynn Skinner, Denver, CO: September 7

Vocalist Lynn Skinner returns with her Joni Mitchell tribute. Labor Day, September 7th from 12:30-3:00 PM. Appearing at the Taste of Colorado Festival on the KBCO Stage. Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, Colorado. Free event!
 

Jul 18, 2009: Tribute in Stockholm, Sweden: August 18

A Tribute to Joni at Jazzclub Fasching in Stockholm, Sweden with Gunilla Hedin, Efraim Olofsson, and Marcus Högquist. Check their website for more details.
 

Jul 12, 2009: Michelle Mercer interview on NPR's World Cafe

National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye will be broadcasting an interview with Michelle Mercer, author of the book Will You Take Me As I Am - Joni's Blue Period, Thursday, August 13th, 2009. The session will air in the 2nd hour of the show as part of World Cafe's Summer Reading Series. Find when your local station will broadcast the show and tune in. Worldwide, you can listen to the audio stream from 2-4pm EST. An archived copy of the audio can be found here.
 

Jul 12, 2009: Michelle Mercer interview on NPR's World Cafe - Aug 13

National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye will be broadcasting an interview with Michelle Mercer, author of the book Will You Take Me As I Am - Joni's Blue Period, Thursday, August 13th, 2009. The session will air in the 2nd hour of the show as part of World Cafe's Summer Reading Series. Find when your local station will broadcast the show and tune in. Worldwide, you can listen to the audio stream from 2-4pm EST. After Thursday, the audio will be available on the NPR website.
 

Jul 12, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Vernon, BC, January 18

Vernon, British Columbia, January 18, 2010 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
 

Jul 12, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Victoria, BC, January 27-28

Victoria, British Columbia, January 27 and 28, 2010 at The Royal Theatre.
 

Jul 12, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Nanaimo, BC, January 30

Nanaimo, British Columbia, January 30, 2010 at The Port Theatre.
 

Jul 11, 2009: Four new Fiddle and Drum dates

Four more dates have been announced for The Fiddle and The Drum ballet:
- Vernon, British Columbia, January 18, 2010 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
- Victoria, British Columbia, January 27 and 28, 2010 at The Royal Theatre.
- Nanaimo, British Columbia, January 30, 2010 at The Port Theatre.
 

Jul 8, 2009: Upcoming series of Joni tributes in Australia

Joni Mitchell is one of the defining artists of contemporary music. As a recording artist, she has gathered the highest accolades in popular music, including nine Grammy awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The poetry, insight and originality of her music have influenced so many artists that contemporary songwriting without her is unimaginable, and the sheer beauty of her songs have thrilled music lovers through the five decades of her career.

This October, an ensemble of Australia's foremost singers and musicians will present an extraordinary series of concert tributes to this legendary artist. Katie Noonan, Wendy Matthews, Kristin Berardi, Tania Bowra, Louise Perryman, Virna Sanzone and Rachel Gaudry, together with an outstanding 12-piece band, will pay homage to one of the most respected singer-songwriters in music.

Sure to sell out fast, three Australian capital city concerts are confirmed at this stage - Sydney (30 Oct), Brisbane (4 Nov), and Melbourne (23 Oct). Watch the mini documentary preview here. More infomation here.
 

Jul 8, 2009: Joni - A Tribute. Sydney, Australia - October 30, 2009

Joni: A tribute. Sydney, Australia, 30 Oct. Watch the mini documentary preview here. More infomation here.
 

Jul 8, 2009: Joni - A Tribute. Brisbane, Australia - November 4, 2009

Joni: A tribute. Brisbane, Australia, November 4. Watch the mini documentary preview here. More infomation here.
 

Jul 8, 2009: Joni - A Tribute. Melbourne, Australia - October 23, 2009

Joni: A tribute. Melbourne, Australia, October 23. Watch the mini documentary preview here. More infomation here.
 

Jul 1, 2009: Paved paradise redux heads to San Francisco

Obie Award-winning performance artist John Kelly will bring his acclaimed performance piece Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell to San Francisco's Rrazz Room, July 30-August 2. The show, which recently played New York's Abrons Arts Center, will be directed by Kevin Malony.

Kelly, who has performed the work of the Canadian singer-songwriter for many years, will evoke Mitchell's own smoky soprano as he sings songs from the various stages of her career in their original key. He also plays dulcimer and replicates Mitchell's guitar style by way of her signature open tunings.

For tickets, visit RRazzroom. For more information, visit John's website.
 

Jul 1, 2009: Paved Paradise Redux in San Francisco; July 30 - August 2

Obie Award-winning performance artist John Kelly will bring his acclaimed performance piece Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell to San Francisco's Rrazz Room, July 30-August 2. For tickets, visit RRazzroom. For more information, visit John's website.
 

Jun 25, 2009: New boxed set due in November

In November 2009, Rhino Entertainment will be releasing a Joni Mitchell box set. The 4 CD and 1 DVD package will have over 85 songs, from the mid-sixties up to Joni's last album "Shine". Several unreleased songs and alternate versions will be included, plus very rare and previously unissued video performances spanning Joni's incomparable career. Joni will be contributing notes to the package and overseeing the photo edit and design.

Instead of traditional liner notes, Joni would like to invite the community to send in a statement of why they enjoy the music. It can be one sentence or a short paragraph and the best will be chosen for the liner notes for the project. It can be a personal experience with the music or why in general you like it.

An example of which might be...
"Joni, you make race-less, gender-less music."
"Girl, you make me see pictures in my head."

Joni feels it might be more interesting to hear from the people who truly like the music rather than from a critic or PR person. [Joni is no longer taking submissions]
 

Jun 25, 2009: Joni featured on Acoustic Storm Radio - June 27 and 28

The Acoustic Storm, a nationally-syndicated radio show airing on over 75 stations, will be featuring Joni as the spotlight artist in the 'Eye of The Storm' on June 27 and 28. More details and streaming information here.
 

Jun 25, 2009: Book party with Joni content, NYC - July 1

Bryant Park, NYC - Noted Finger Drummer James Wood Teams With John Jeremiah Sullivan for a lunchtime performance in Bryant Park for an event marking the publication of Heavy Rotation, a collection of essays on music written by an assortment of contemporary writers.
The collection, edited by Peter Terzian and published by Harper Perennial, features an essay by Mr. Wood on the Who and one by Mr. Sullivan on early blues. It also contains a piece by Josh Ferris on Pearl Jam, Benjamin Kunkel on The Smiths, Colm Tóibín on Joni Mitchell, and 15 others.
 

Jun 22, 2009: 'Hommage à Joni Mitchell' in Paris - September 4

Yael Naim performs a tribute to Joni Mitchell on Sept. 4, 2009 in Paris at La citè de la Musique for the "La Villette Jazz Festival". More info here in English and French.
 

Jun 21, 2009: Review of Paved Paradise Redux

It's not Joni up on stage, but if you were there you might actually have to think twice about that. JoniMitchell.com reporter Patrick Leader attended the event - events, actually - and has a report. There's still time for you New York area people to get in on the show! Both Paved Paradise Redux and the art exhibition run through June 27th. Check Patrick's review for links and details.
 

Jun 10, 2009: Joni Jazz Tribute on radio/internet - June 18

David Gizara, Thursday Night Jazz host on KLCC 89.7 FM, Eugene, Oregon, will be doing his annual special radio show of Joni Mitchell songs covered by mostly jazz artists. This year's show will feature covers of Joni's "Blue" album and can be heard on Thursday, June 18th from 10pm until 1am Pacific time (that's GMT-7). Tune into the internet stream and give it a listen!
 

Jun 10, 2009: Press Release - Paved Paradise Redux in New York City this month

East-coasters! Be sure and get your tickets to Pave Paradise Redux this month in New York City. Here's the official press release:

Obie Award Winner John Kelly Premieres
PAVED PARADISE REDUX:
The Art of Joni Mitchell
Limited Engagement runs June 18 - 27 at Abrons Arts Center

"There's drag and then there's transformation through spiritual osmosis, and that's what John Kelly accomplishes with this tribute... Magnificent." -- New York Times

"Sounds like pure camp on paper, but when the willowy Kelly sings Mitchell's songs, his haunting, crystalline countertenor is somewhere between male and female, human and angel."-- New York Magazine

"It is an homage that transcends" -- Daily News

After an eight-year absence, two-time Obie Award winning artist John Kelly once again inhabits the persona of Joni Mitchell in an entirely new evening of songs and stories. Conceived and performed by John Kelly, produced by TWEED TheaterWorks in association with Robbi Kearns, and directed by Kevin Malony, PAVED PARADISE REDUX: The Art of Joni Mitchell runs for 7 performances only beginning June 18 at Abrons Arts Center.

In PAVED PARADISE REDUX: The Art of Joni Mitchell, John Kelly's performance is a musical and visual homage to the great Canadian singer/songwriter. His countertenor uncannily evokes Mitchell's own smoky soprano as he sings songs from the various stages of her career in their original key. He also plays dulcimer and replicates Mitchell's guitar style by way of her signature open tunings. Kelly is accompanied on keyboard by musical director Zecca Esquibel, as well as additional musicians. The evening also features an original video component featuring Kevin Joseph (Broadway's Threepenny Opera, a.k.a. Flotilla DeBarge) as journalist Tavis Smiley in a recreation of his PBS interview with Mitchell.

"As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I would put on my headphones and be swept into Joni's world," explains Kelly on his love for Mitchell's music. "Hers is a world rich with wanderlust, emotion and innuendo. Her songs have the power to transport a lonely individual into another world. I suppose it was the words as much as the music. The combination of the two was, and remains powerful, beautiful and compelling." The Boston Globe recently wrote, "No less a critic than Joni Mitchell herself has been surprised by the impact of Kelly's cabaret tribute. »I was braced for a lampooning,' she told The New York Times after seeing "Paved Paradise" in Manhattan in 1997. »I didn't expect to be so touched. I cried in two places.' Mitchell is now one of Kelly's biggest fans."

An exhibition of Kelly's self-portraits will be on display at Alexander Gray Associates in Chelsea from May 20 - June 26. Kelly will also sing The Joni Mitchell Songbook in "Songs for a Shiny Hot Night" at Castle Clinton in Battery Park on August 6th as part of the annual River to River Festival.

John Kelly is an author, choreographer, director, performance and visual artist. He has received numerous awards including two Bessies, two Obies, the American Choreographer Award, a CalArts Alpert Award, and fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Last year he was a Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Art at The American Academy in Rome. In a career that spans over two decades Kelly's works have been staged at venues including BAM, Lincoln Center, PS 1, The Warhol Museum, London's Tate Modern, PS 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop and Carnegie Hall. In 2004, he appeared as the opening act for Natalie Merchant's Ophelia tour. Kelly was also an original cast member of James Joyce's The Dead on Broadway and won an Eliot Norton Award for Best Actor in the American Repertory Theater production of Dido, Queen of Carthage. In 2010, he will be an artist-in-residence at The Park Avenue Armory and at The Civitella Ranieri Foundation. He recently staged a workshop of The Escape Artist as part of Music Theatre Group's Here/See Series, which includes original songs written in collaboration with singer/songwriter Carol Lipnik. He is also developing a project with writer/director Moises Kaufman. For more information visit his website

TWEED TheaterWorks was founded by Kevin Malony in the early eighties and has grown from tiny late night shows in East Village dives to full-scale productions at premier Manhattan venues. For two decades TWEED has produced innovative and unusual live theatrical work, including performance art, plays & musicals, dance theater and category-defying extravaganzas. The TWEED New Works Festival (1985-1995) presented the early work of many of today's recognized theater artists, including John Kelly. TWEED's long involvement with Kelly began in the late eighties with the first theatrical incarnation of Pass The Blutwurstte, Bitte, and has continued in one form or another, for the past 20 years. The TWEED Fractured Classicks Series, a cult phenomenon, presents staged readings of classic American plays and films employing unique casting choices.

Robbi Kearns and Kearns Artists Services has produced and managed concerts, events, and theater projects worldwide since 1995. He has produced concerts both small and large, ranging from performances with singer/songwriters to The Lord of the Rings Symphony composed by Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore with over 200 musicians performing on stage. Robbi has produced Posteriors, Extra-Ordinary People and FOLLY: Vaudeville for the New Depression with Kevin Malony and TWEED TheaterWorks.

PAVED PARADISE REDUX: The Art of Joni Mitchell runs June 18 - 27, Thursday - Sunday at 8pm, Abrons Arts Center is located inside Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street (accessible from the F train to East Broadway or Delancey, D/B trains to Grand Street and J/M trains to Essex Street). All performances are at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 on Thursday & Sunday, $25 on Friday & Saturday. For information and reservations call 212-352-3101 or http://www.TheaterMania.com.
 

Jun 8, 2009: Four new 'The Fiddle and The Drum' ballet performances added

New dates have been announced for the Alberta Ballet's performances of Joni's The Fiddle and The Drum, all in 2010. Four performances total - Seattle, Washington on February 23, Irvine, California on February 25, and Los Angeles, California on February 26 and 27. Click the links for more information. (Thanks to Richard for the information).
 

Jun 8, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Seattle, February 23

Alberta Ballet performs Joni's The Fiddle and The Drum at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
 

Jun 8, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Irvine, CA, February 25

Alberta Ballet performs Joni's The Fiddle and The Drum at the Barclay Theater in Irvine, California.
 

Jun 8, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Los Angeles, CA, February 26-27

Alberta Ballet performs Joni's The Fiddle and The Drum at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. February 26 and 27.
 

Jun 4, 2009: Joni Mitchell Tribute, Bridgwater, Somerset, UK - June 11

The Poozies' mainstay singer will be appearing at the Bridgwater Arts Centre presenting a Joni Mitchell tribute show on Thursday, June 11 from 8pm. Sally Barker has been compared to Joni a number of times and Big Yellow Taxi was one of the first songs she ever sang live. She will be joined on the night by Glenn Hughes, who according to the arts centre is like Sally in his musical ability to breathe within the fabric of Joni's material and give it fresh life without sacrificing the authenticity of her songs. Tickets cost £9 or £8 concessions. Call 01278 422700 for more information.
 

Jun 1, 2009: 'A Bird That Whistles' tribute album available after 13 years

Back in 1996, Jack Mittleman and Irma Schultz recorded and released one of the first tribute albums to Joni and entitled it 'A Bird That Whistles.' It was never available outside Sweden in any format and has been very difficult to find. JoniMitchell.com is pleased to announce that because of the album's inclusion on this site, EMI Sweden has re-released (after 13 years) 'A Bird That Whistles' and made it available as a digital download on Amazon and iTunes. To coincide with the re-release, Jack has written the story of the album's origin, including Joni's reaction to hearing it. Thanks to Jack, Irma, and EMI for making this great album available again.
 

May 26, 2009: Blackburn and Adler on Joni: live on internet radio, May 29

Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler will be performing live and "unplugged" on SignOn Radio's "Fill in the Blank" program Friday, May 29th from 11:30am to 12:30pm PST. They will be playing and talking about Joni. Tune in (and call in at 888-642-2468 to comment) or catch the podcast.
 

May 21, 2009: RSS news feed is back

News about the news? Is that really news? Anyway, the RSS news/events feed is back. Once again, you can subscribe to the Joni news and events notifications as they happen. Or at least as we get around to putting them up! The link is here.
 

May 21, 2009: Joni birthday tribute - FAR-West Conference, Irvine, CA - Nov 7

This year's Folk Alliance Region(FAR)-West Annual Conference will be held November 6-8, 2009 in Southern California at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in Irvine, California. Steve Dulson reports that a Joni Birthday Tribute and Song Circle will be held on the 7th. Contact Steve for more information.
 

May 20, 2009: Michelle Mercer booksigning w/Bryan Thomas in Vermont - June 13

Michelle Mercer will be reading from and signing her book Will You Take Me As I Am at Northshire Books in Manchester Center, Vermont on June 13th at 7pm. Special musical guest Bryan Thomas (no stranger to the Joni Internet community) will provide the soundtrack to the book signing with a short, live set of his inimitable music after the reading. The bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 for more information.
 

May 18, 2009: Lloyd Whitesell talk: Lauro Nyro/Joni - Greensboro, NC, May 30

The 10th Feminist Theory and Music symposium will take place on the University of North Carolina - Greensboro campus in historic Greensboro, North Carolina, from May 27-31. Those in the area won't want to miss Paper Session 7 on Saturday, May 30 from 2:00-4:30 PM. Lloyd 'Chip' Whitesell, author of the book The Music of Joni Mitchell will be giving a talk entitled The Influence of Laura Nyro on Joni Mitchell.

Here is Chip's own abstract on the talk:

While Joni Mitchell is usually sparing in her praise of her contemporaries (especially female figures), she has always spoken highly of Laura Nyro. Nyro's career was shorter-lived than Mitchell's, and awareness of the originality and importance of her music has faded. But in the late 1960s, when Mitchell was launching her recording career, Nyro was touted by critics and peers as a leading artist in the new singer-songwriter genre. Mitchell admits, "Laura exerted an influence on me. I looked to her and took some direction from her." My aim is to identify what this influence consisted of. Nyro's second and third albums (Eli and the Thirteenth Confession [1968], New York Tendaberry [1969]) will exemplify characteristics of her style. While one can point to a few specific mannerisms picked up by Mitchell, more crucial are general aesthetic directions as evident in matters of form, performance and artistic vision. Before the encounter, Mitchell tended to refine even the most painful subjects through a restrained, decorative filter. Piano-centered, Nyroesque songs first appear on Mitchell's third album, Ladies of the Canyon (1970), while Blue (1971) and For the Roses (1972) exhibit the most pervasive influence. By contrasting specific songs before and after 1969 I show how Mitchell explored a musical vein pioneered by Laura Nyro.

More info can be found at the Symposium's website.
 

May 13, 2009: Joni Musical Tribute in Norfolk, Virginia - June 6-7

"Both Sides Now: A Joni Mitchell Musical Tribute"
Generic Theater under Chrysler Hall
215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia

Starring Cayley Waldo and Melanie Hudnall as Joni, and Saveras Anoia as Johnny Cash, "Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Musical" is a musical tribute that recreates and celebrates many of Joni's memorable concert performances. Tickets are $15. More infomation here.
 

May 7, 2009: John Kelly sings Joni Mitchell in New York City, August 6

John Kelly Sings The Joni Mitchell Songbook: "Songs for a Shiny Hot Night" Four Nights of Peace, Love & Music: A Castle Clinton Tribute to Woodstock. August 06, 2009 at 7:00pm in Battery park, New York City. Ever since appearing as the renowned "Joni Mitchell" at the first Wigstock, John Kelly cast a spell of illusion that continues to captivate audiences. In a loving tribute, this award winning and extremely gifted performance artist will provide us with an intimate journey through songs from 'Blue' and 'Court and Spark'. Tickets will be distributed 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00PM on the day of the show.
 

Apr 28, 2009: Fiddle and Drum at the Winter Olympics

Joni's ballet will be performed 3 times during the Winter Olympics in January. Performance dates are January 22-24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Two Canadian cultural luminaries join forces in this dazzling ballet, which blends the music and images of legendary singer-songwriter and visual artist Joni Mitchell with the choreographic invention of Alberta Ballet's artistic director Jean Grand-Maître. A searing social commentary, the work gives passionate expression to the many shades of the human spirit: its capacity to create and destroy, to love and hate, and for war and peace.

First introduced to audiences in 2007, this expanded full-length production features four additional Mitchell songs, illuminated by her latest artwork and Grand-Maître's choreography.

More information can be found here.
 

Apr 28, 2009: The Fiddle and The Drum, Vancouver, January 22-24

Joni's ballet will be performed 3 times during the Winter Olympics in January. Performance dates are January 22-24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. More information can be found here.
 

Apr 27, 2009: John Kelly presents Paved Paradise in New York City: June 18-27

Obie Award-winning performance artist John Kelly will present Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell, June 18-27 at the Abrons Arts Center - 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) in New York. The show will be produced by TWEED TheaterWorks in association with Robbi Kearns, and directed by Kevin Malony.

Kelly, who has performed the work of the Canadian singer-songwriter for many years, will evoke Mitchell's own smoky soprano as he sings songs from the various stages of her career in their original key. He also plays dulcimer and replicates Mitchell's guitar style by way of her signature open tunings.

The show's creative team includes musical director Zecca Esquibel; there will also be a video component featuring Kevin Joseph (a.k.a. Flotilla DeBarge) as journalist Tavis Smiley in a recreation of his PBS interview with Mitchell.

Fore more information, visit John's website.
 

Apr 20, 2009: Authors speak on Joni

The authors are talking about Joni these days! Lloyd Whitesell, author of the recently published book The Music of Joni Mitchell was interviewed on the WICN-FM public radio program Inquiry on April 10th. Listen to the interview here. Also, Michelle Mercer, author of the just published book Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period will be interviewed live tomorrow morning (April 21) on Canada's Q with Jian Ghomeshi at 9:30 AM Eastern US time (1:30 PM GMT). Tune in or catch the (hopefully) archived podcast here.
 

Apr 11, 2009: News blurb from April 9-11, 2009

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Apr 9, 2009: SoCal JoniFest 2009 in Idyllwild, California - Sept 24th-27th

This year's JoniFest will be in the mile-high pine forest of Idyllwild, CA which sits in the mountains above the Palm Springs desert. Four days and nights of music-making, hiking, eating and drinking and lots of Joni-talk. The main event will be at The Creekstone Inn which is fully locked out for the event and additional rooms have been reserved off-campus. To attend please check out the Yahoo group created for this event and click the "add to cart" button to send a $100 per person deposit via PayPal. The balance of around $350 will be due in August. This event is hosted by Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler whose all-Joni band "Mutts of the Planet" will be performing.
 

Apr 9, 2009: News blurb from March 31 - April 9, 2009

Thanks to all who entered the drawing to receive a free copy of the new book Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's 'Blue' Period by Michelle Mercer. We had 512 entries and, regretfully, only 5 copies to give. The randomly chosen winners are: Katie C. - Phoenix, Arizona; Ron E. - Fresno, California; Susan B. - Montreal, Canada; Diane G. - Cincinnati, Ohio; and Wayne M. - London, England. For the rest, if/when purchasing the book online, please consider clicking one of the links on the site to help support JoniMitchell.com. Thanks and congratulations to the winners!
 

Apr 8, 2009: Joni Tribute at Jazz à Vienne Festival, France - July 6

Yael Naim will be hosting a Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Vienne Jazz Festival. Check her website for all the details.

From the jazz festival website:
"C'est un rêve que j'ai failli abandonner en cours de route", dit Yaël Naim de son dernier album, fruit de la rencontre avec le multi instrumentiste David Donatien.

Dotée d'une voix à la pureté troublante et d'un beau talent de compositrice, la chanteuse israélienne y chemine entre un folk gracile et une pop aérienne, entre ascétisme et fantaisie. Née en 1978 à Paris, Yaël a longtemps vécu à Ramat Hacharon, non loin de Tel-Aviv. "Je me souviens qu'il y avait un petit orgue à la maison sur lequel je pianotais sans arrêt. Un jour, en rentrant de l'école, j'ai trouvé un vrai piano dans ma chambre". Suivront 10 ans de conservatoire et de cours de piano classique : "je n'avais alors qu'une idée en tête : écrire des symphonies !". À 12 ans, Yaël découvre Sgt Pepper et Abbey Road des Beatles.Adolescente, elle se délecte de la soul d'Aretha Franklin. Vers 18 ans, un "flash" illumine la vie de la jeune chanteuse : Joni Mitchell. Cette musique ne la quittera jamais plus. Dans un club de jazz de Tel-Aviv, elle rencontre les musiciens de Winston Marsalis et donne quelques concerts avec eux. Yaël Naim forme son propre groupe en Israël, The AntiCollision. "Un cursus classique, mon goût pour la pop, le jazz et le folk... J'ignorais comment j'allais canaliser tout ce flot hétéroclite, mais je savais que je voulais en faire des chansons". Un concert la ramène à Paris en 2000. Quatre jours plus tard elle signe un contrat avec EMI. Le réalisateur Elie Chouraqui l'engage pour jouer Myriam dans la comédie musicale Les Dix Commandements, puis la sollicite pour la bande originale de son film Harrison's Flower. Son premier album (In A Man's Womb) est pourtant un échec. En 2004, c'est la rencontre avec David Donatien. Percussionniste d'origine antillaise, David a multiplié les contributions les plus variées, de Bernard Lavilliers à Wassis Diop ou Malia. Il est également un arrangeur et producteur remarquable. C'est David qui encouragera Yaël à défendre ses chansons en hébreu. Leur complicité est si patente qu'ils préfèrent désormais se présenter comme un groupe. Un groupe qui, entouré de musiciens de la trempe d'Eric Légnini (au piano), Stéphane Belmondo (à la trompette) ou Dré Pallemaerts (à la batterie) vient ici rendre un hommage empli de sensibilité à l'immense Joni Mitchell. Si l'on en juge par la sérénité qui se dégage de la chanteuse aux cheveux de jais, Yaël semble avoir désormais canalisé son "joli bordel intérieur" (beautiful mess inside).
 

Apr 8, 2009: Homage to Blue in Brisbane, Australia - April 24-25

Brisbane's multiple award-winning songstress, Katie Noonan, joins Topology for a joyous, musical collaboration with a very special homage to Joni and her album Blue.
Location: Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts
Address: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
More information here.
 

Apr 2, 2009: Discussion forum is back

Back by popular demand, the Discussion Forum has returned to the website. It's been off-line for some time, tending to technical difficulties. Add your voice to the discussion of all things Joni.

Speaking of your voice... JoniMitchell.com has been completely redesigned with you in mind. In addition to the forum, you can add your voice to almost every aspect of the site. Comment on articles, books, and DVDs in the Library; comment on songs, albums, paintings, and videos; add your memories of the times you've seen Joni in concert - even upload photos, ticket stubs, and other concert memorabilia - the list goes on and on. Take some time to explore and contribute to one of the most in-depth artist sites on the web.
 

Apr 2, 2009: Lloyd Whitesell discusses Joni in Montreal - May 5

The McGill University Mini-Music series will takes place every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 to June 9, 2009 at the Schulich School of Music's Tanna Schulich Hall. On May 5, Prof. Lloyd Whitesell, Musicology Area, Department of Music Research, discusses the Music of Joni Mitchell. Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lloyd is the author of the book by the same name, The Music of Joni Mitchell. For more information visit the Mini Music website.
 

Apr 1, 2009: Joni Emerges From Studio With Blue Follow-Up

Citing a burst of creative energy, Joni has completed recording on an album she calls a "masterpiece of a response to a masterpiece." The tentative title for the album, due to release next week, is "Blue Too." Joni plays piano, guitar, and dulcimer, and the songs are, in her words, "the most beautiful and touching that I've ever written." Joni will also launch a world tour to support the album beginning in May with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and others. And as if all this wasn't enough, there's one more thing...APRIL FOOL!
 

Mar 31, 2009: Joni's Music Featured in New Film; Ballet dances on

Joni's music is featured in the soundtrack of a new DVD release - "A Single Woman." The film, about the life of first female Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin (R - Montana), is a timely and provocative look at a true American maverick and reformer who changed the American political landscape forever.

The Alberta Ballet has announced it's continuing to tour Joni's The Fiddle and The Drum across British Columbia and the western United States. They've planned more than 60 performances in 12 different cities, yet to be named. We'll provide details when we know more.
 

Mar 28, 2009: 'Songs of Joni Mitchell' concert in Fallbrook, CA - April 18

Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn present "The Songs of Joni Mitchell" on Saturday, April 18th at 7.30pm at the Fallbrook House of the Arts, 432 E. Dougherty Street in Fallbrook, California. Tickets are $20 in advance from RobinAdler.com or $25 at the door. For information call 760-723-1056.
 

Mar 24, 2009: Joni in Fiction section is back

One of the features of the old site that hadn't made it to the new revision was the 'Joni in Fiction' section. Due to creator Bob Murphy's declining health, the section was in disrepair and it was decided it would be left off the new site. But with the recent unfortunate death of Bob, and a new person eager to keep his vision alive, JoniMitchell.com is proud to announce that Joni in Fiction is back. Renamed more accurately "Cultural References," the new section has become a part of the Library and is now proudly managed by Laura Oppermann, in Bob's memory.
 

Mar 17, 2009: The Fiddle and the Drum Ballet CD soundtrack available

'The Fiddle & The Drum' ballet continues to be a hit wherever it goes! The Alberta Ballet is raising funds with exclusive ballet merchandise, including a soundtrack CD available nowhere else. Also available are black T-shirts (unisex SML or women's fitted M) that feature the green image of company artist Anthony Pina (as seen on the DVD cover) with 'The Fiddle & The Drum' in white lettering on the back. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all 'The Fiddle & The Drum' merchandise through the Alberta Ballet Calgary office goes towards touring 'The Fiddle & The Drum' in future. You can also purchase the 'The Fiddle & The Drum' DVD, including behind-the-scenes footage with Joni Mitchell, artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, and Alberta Ballet Company artists. To order the CD, shirts, or the DVD, please send an email to Laurie or call 403.245.4222 (extension 0) for more information. The Alberta Ballet thanks Joni Mitchell and JoniMitchell.com for their assistance in supporting this innovative, non-profit Canadian dance company!
 

Mar 13, 2009: New look for JoniMitchell.com unveiled

Welcome to the new look! JoniMitchell.com has been extensively reworked and redesigned. Primarily, we've made the site much more interactive and community-based.

- Nearly every section has a comment area, where you can tell us how you feel.
- Simon Montgomery's amazing Chronology section now allows you to add your concert memories and upload photos, concert tickets, and other memorabilia.
- The old JMDL song/album poll system has given way to a 1-10 rating system that's quick and easy.
- Album and Lyric sections have been expanded so that relevant information is at your fingertips - music transcriptions, footnotes, album notes, etc.
- The Library has been expanded to include books, DVDs, and photographs as well as the articles.
- Links to purchase Joni things abound, helping support the site in the process.
- The site now features guitar and piano transcriptions
Links to purchase Joni things abound, helping support the site in the process.
- And, you can listen to sound clips of all of Joni's songs.

It's important to register to get the most out of the new site. It's quick and free as always. It is, however, a new database so your old registration won't work, sorry. And for those who are totally confused, there's a new sitemap as well. Enjoy!
 

Mar 13, 2009: Encinitas, California - House Concert

"The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 3-5 pm. A House concert at the Encinitas home of sculptors T.J Dixon and Jim Nelson. A lovely salon setting surrounded by fine art and sculpture. Coffee and desserts will be served.

Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars/percussion; Dave Curtis-Bass/keys/vocals; Barnaby Finch-Keyboards/vocals

Address will be sent via private email upon ticket purchase. Price: $20. Reservations required. SOLD OUT. More info
 

Mar 13, 2009: 'Songs of Joni Mitchell' concert in San Diego, CA - May 31

"Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 7 pm Sunday, May 31st, 2009.
Dizzy's @ the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center
Harbor Club Towers 2nd floor;
2nd Avenue and J Street
San Diego CA 92101

Price: $15 general admission $12 student

Featuring Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars,drums & percussion; Dave Curtis- Bass; Barnaby Finch-Keyboards

For information call 760-723-1056
 

Feb 12, 2009: Toronto: March 7 tribute at Hugh's Room

There will be a 2nd (annual??) Joni Mitchell tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto on Saturday, March 7th, 2009. A handful of very talented local singers/artists will be performing Joni's songs. This will be the second year in a row that Hugh's Room has hosted this event. Last year it sold out quickly. They expect the same response this year.

Hosted by Mia Sheard, other performers include Layah Jane, Lori Cullen, Valery Gore, Kevin Fox, Kurt Swinghammer, Sacha Williamson, David Celia, Snowblink, Troy Feener, Joan Besen and Chris Gartner. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. The show starts at 8:30pm. For more information, please contact Mia Sheard at by email.

SONGS ARE LIKE TATTOOS: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Hugh's Room - 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto (416) 531-6604
 

Feb 11, 2009: The Fiddle And The Drum now available for purchase

The DVD of Joni's ballet "The Fiddle And The Drum" was released February 10th and is ready to be added to your library! You can find it at your favorite local shop or purchase from Amazon.com as well as other web outlets.

Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum explores Mitchell's life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind within a ballet performed to a select soundtrack of her eternal songs. The unique combinations of three art forms - music, dance and art - comprise an engaging spectacle that Joni calls "...the best project of her career." Legendary Canadian artist Joni Mitchell and internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maître of the Alberta Ballet Company are the co-creators of Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum.

Features the Song Selections: The Fiddle and The Drum, Sex Kills, Passion Play (When All the Slaves Are Free), Three Great Stimulants, For the Roses, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Beat of Black Wings, If I Had a Heart, If, Big Yellow Taxi

Also Includes Exclusive Bonus Features! -Behind the Scenes with: Joni Mitchell and Jean Grand-Maître, Kelly McKinlay and Nicole Caron (Alberta Ballet Dancers), and Mario Rouleau (Director of Filming) -Joni Mitchell's video installation from the set
 

Feb 5, 2009: "Green Flag Song" now at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

Tomorrow marks the opening of the GREEN FLAG SONG exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. The show will run from February 6 through March 29, 2009. The opening reception is Friday, February 6 at 8pm. No word if Joni will be attending.

From the press release:

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present a new body of photographic work by iconic singer/songwriter and visual artist Joni Mitchell. As moving as her musical works, Green Flag Song depicts a deeply personal response to the consequences of war and humanity's struggle with itself. The exhibition consists of a series of large green-toned triptychs created from digitally modified combinations of photographic images, printed on canvas.

The impetus for this work began when Mitchell's malfunctioning television began emitting images that resembled green-tinted photographic negatives. Mitchell began to take photographs of the dying screen, and when enlarged and printed on canvas, the result is a collection of intense, dark, semiabstract images. Through photographic expression and rich, saturated colours, Mitchell invites audiences to participate in a collective awareness of a need for change. Primarily recognized as a singer and songwriter, Joni Mitchell brings to these vivid and arresting images the same profound social, political, and spiritual conviction that informs her music.

The Mendel is the only scheduled venue in Western Canada for Green Flag Song.
 

Feb 3, 2009: Review of "Will You Take Me As I Am, Joni Mitchell's Blue Period"

JoniMitchell.com has received an advance copy of Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni's Blue Period, a book by Michelle Mercer that will be released in early April.

We were a little worried that this might be a "making of an album" book centered on Joni's 1971 album Blue. Thankfully it is not. Michelle Mercer has written a seriously entertaining and imaginatively thoughtful study of Joni Mitchell's autobiographical songwriting. Mercer's treatment of what she calls Mitchell's "Blue Period" encompasses the songwriter's career from 1970 to 1976. As she tells the story of this Blue Period, Mercer skillfully covers subjects as diverse as Augustine, Beat Buddhism, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and the influence of landscape on music.

The book contains plenty of fresh quotes - this is the first book about Joni and her work to include original interviews with the artist herself. Mercer makes the most of her access to Joni, often quoting her at length on previously unexplored subjects. And though Mercer is not interested in gossip (she's "more interested in how songwriters make their work personal than in what they get personal about") she does turn up some revelations: the backstory of the song "Court and Spark;" the identity of "Richard" from the "The Last Time I Saw Richard" (no... it's not Chuck).

But the real strength of the book is Mercer's expansive examination of Joni's autobiographical work. Anyone who's applied the "confessional songwriter" tag to Joni Mitchell might think differently after Mercer's careful study of the history of literary confessionalism and personal songwriting. Mercer argues persuasively that Joni's work departs from the confessional model: "She doesn't strive to tell the truth about herself. She strives to find and express human truths, and in the process, she happens to reveal quite a bit about herself."

The story of Joni's childhood has been often told, but Mercer brings it new meaning by focusing on its prairie setting. With this focus, Mercer illuminates in great clarity and detail the "sound of open spaces" that have been so vaguely referred to in descriptions of Joni's music in the past. Along the way Mercer makes a sweeping examination of the connection between music and landscape, considering everything from Beethoven symphonies to Neil Young's prairie songs. (This chapter, "Eyes On The Land And The Sky," includes a priceless quote from Joni in which she inventively links the sound of Jamaican tree frogs to the rhythm of reggae.)

For all the book's interview material, Mercer is not afraid to argue with Joni. She takes issue with Joni's devaluing of her autobiographical period, and more controversially takes on some of Joni's most sacred self-mythology. For example, the author doesn't buy that her bout with childhood polio was the originating moment of her artistry: "Sometimes artists and their fans try too hard to come up with a source for unusual creativity, even resorting to pathologizing it. A gift for art may be deepened or otherwise influenced by tragedy, but it doesn't necessarily have to be born of it."

Mercer addresses a couple periods in Joni's career that have been previously overlooked. Joni's post-Blue meltdown and retreat to British Columbia's Sunshine Coast in 1971 is fully considered for the first time here. Mercer situates Joni's retreat within a broader discussion of the value and hazards of autobiography for an artist. (A fascinating interview with songwriter Loudon Wainwright III livens up this discussion). With many supporting quotes from Joni herself, Mercer makes a compelling case for this hermitage as a major turning point in her career, a time when she began to cultivate her need for both love and freedom into an artistic strategy: "A serial romantic life allowed her to experience an affair's stream of small episodes and feelings, which would be followed by the stillness of solitude, when she could then worry those passing events into the big themes of her songs."

Another interlude considered in great depth is Joni's 1976 meeting with Chogyam Trungpa, which fans know was commemorated in the song "Refuge of the Roads." As Joni tells it, Trungpa, a Tibetan lama, forced her into a space "beyond ego," where she experienced great equanimity. Mercer builds an analysis of Hejira from Joni's story, suggesting the album was Joni's attempt "to write her way back to that temporary state of equanimity, to compose herself into the grace" that she experienced when meeting Trungpa.

Mercer's background as a National Public Radio essayist is evident in her clear, accessible prose. She often aspires to a lyricism reminiscent of her subject: Joni's traveling songs, she writes, are "aural postcards from the edge of feeling."

The photo insert is an added bonus that features many unseen childhood shots (Joni with Sharon Bell), a photo of Joni and Carey Raditz together outside the Mermaid Cafe, and even one of Joni during her solo "hejira" back to LA in 1976.

This book is highly recommended.

Will You Take Me As I Am is available for pre-order (click the link here to help support JoniMitchell.com)... We've also arranged to feature an interview with Michelle Mercer upon the book's publication in early April.

(DISCLOSURE: JoniMitchell.com provided some research assistance to the author of this book.)
 

Jan 22, 2009: "The Fiddle and the Drum" ballet coming to Saskatoon

Joni's Ballet, The Fiddle And The Drum will debut in Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday, January 23-24, 2009. According to a recent interview, Joni plans on attending both performances.
 

Dec 31, 2008: "Will You Take Me As I Am" to be released in April

A new book on Joni entitled Will You Take Me As I Am will be released on April 7, 2009. It looks very promising! Here's the copy from the book jacket:

Joni Mitchell is one of the most celebrated artists of the last half-century, and her landmark 1971 album Blue is one of her most beloved and revered works. Generations of people have come of age listening to the album, inspired by the way it clarified their own difficult emotions. Critics and musicians admire the idiosyncratic virtuosity of its compositions. Will You Take Me As I Am looks at Blue to explore the development of an extraordinary artist, the history of songwriting, and much more.

Writer Michelle Mercer spent a significant amount of time hearing firsthand about Mitchell's internal and external journeys as she composed the largely autobiographical albums of what Mercer calls her "Blue Period," which lasted through the mid-1970s. Incorporating biography, memoir, reportage, criticism, and original interviews into an illuminating narrative, Mercer moves beyond the "making of an album" genre to arrive at a new form of music writing.

In 1970, Mitchell was living with Graham Nash in Laurel Canyon and had made a name for herself as a so-called folk singer notable for her soaring voice and skillful compositions. Soon, though, feeling hemmed in, she fled to the hippie cave community of Matala, Greece. Here and on further travels, her compositions were freshly inspired by the lands and people she encountered as well as by her own radically changing interior landscape. After returning home to record Blue, Mitchell retreated to British Columbia, eventually re-emerging as the successful leader of a jazz-rock group and turning outward in her songwriting toward social commentary. Finally, a stint with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and a pivotal meeting with the Tibetan lama Chogyam Trungpa prompted Mitchell's return to personal songwriting, which resulted in her 1976 masterpiece album, Hejira.

Mercer interlaces this fascinating account of Mitchell's Blue Period with meditations on topics related to her work, including the impact of landscape on music, the value of autobiographical songwriting for artist and listener, and the literary history of confessionalism. Mercer also provides rich analysis of Mitchell's creative achievements: her innovative manner of marrying lyrics to melody; her inventive, highly expressive chords that achieve her signature blend of wonder and melancholy; how she pioneered personal songwriting and, along with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, brought a new literacy to the popular song. Fans will appreciate the previously unpublished photos and a coda of Mitchell's unedited commentary on the places, books, music, pastimes, and philosophies she holds dear.

This utterly original book - the first one about Joni Mitchell written with her participation - offers a unique portrait of a great musician and her remarkable work, as well as new perspectives on the art of songwriting itself.

Michelle Mercer, a regular contributor to National Public Radio, is the author of the critically-acclaimed biography Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter . Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Down Beat, and elsewhere. She lives in Colorado and Bahia, Brazil.


 

Dec 27, 2008: "The Fiddle and the Drum" DVD to be released in February

If you have not been one of the lucky ones to catch Joni's "The Fiddle and the Drum" ballet live, you will be delighted to know that a DVD of the TV broadcast of the event will be released on February 10, 2009. Reserve your copy now!
 

Dec 11, 2008: "Blue: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell" coming to West Palm Beach

Get the new year off to a Joni start! The Raymond Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will present "Blue: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell" January 2nd through the 4th. Included in the performance will be "Blue" performed in its entirety.
 

Nov 7, 2008: Happy Birthday Joni!

Happy Birthday Joni, and thanks from the Joni Mitchell community for 40 years of truth, art and beauty!
 

Oct 28, 2008: Florida Joni Tribute

Attention Floridians:
WMNF Presents: You Turn me on I'm a Radio: a Tribute to Joni Mitchell
WHEN: Saturday, November 1st, 6pm-Midnight
WHAT: 14 bands/solo performers do their versions of Joni Mitchell songs
WHERE: Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road (at Nebraska), Tampa
COST: Tickets $12 advance/$15 door

For more information you can visit the venue website.
 

Oct 2, 2008: Jim Johanson, co-founder of JoniMitchell.com

Sad news for long-time readers of JoniMitchell.com. Jim Johanson, who along with Wally Breese was instrumental in creating this website, passed away on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Wally conceptualized the site but it was Jim's technical expertise that brought it to life. The two worked together from the beginning, and Jim continued the maintenance of the site after Wally's death in 2000 until just a few years ago. Our thoughts are with Jim's friends and family.
 

Sep 25, 2008: Joni interviewed for PBS documentary

Quick, pull out those 2010 calendars! Joni was interviewed at length this week for the PBS series "On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" to be aired in the fall of 2010. Hosted by Sir George Martin, the 8-hour series traces the history of recorded music and its impact on our lives. Literally hundreds of artists will be featured.

Here's the official PBS press release:

PBS GREENLIGHTS "ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES" HOSTED BY SIR GEORGE MARTIN

New Television Series from Wildheart Entertainment Launches Multi-Pronged Project to Include Companion Web Site on pbs.org, CDs, DVDs, Books and More

(February 7, 2008; Washington, DC) PBS in conjunction with Wildheart Entertainment announced today the greenlighting of a major new television series, ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, an eight-hour series that traces the history of recorded music and its impact on popular culture. Featuring hundreds of artists from all genres of music, ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is slated to air nationally as a primetime series in the Fall of 2010 on PBS; Sir George Martin, legendary producer of the Beatles, will host. Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will narrate.

The television series and an extensive educational outreach initiative, including the companion Web site on pbs.org, will be the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-pronged project expected to include a companion CD box-set and branded CD series, 12-hour DVD/home video series, accompanying books, a multi-genre worldwide radio show and broadcasting through internet portals globally.

"ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is a project intrinsically dear to my heart and one that I have been developing with Wildheart Entertainment for over five years," said Sir George Martin, legendary Beatles producer, recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and producer of more than 50 number-one hit records. "I am just thrilled that PBS has joined us as our primetime broadcaster. ON RECORD affords me the opportunity to work again with so many of the artists I have worked with throughout my life and to tell a story that has never been told in such a comprehensive way. Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together, regardless of race, nationality, age or income. And recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible."

"I'm delighted to be a part of this remarkable, definitive series for PBS," said Spacey. "ON RECORD illustrates how in a little more than a century recording technology has moved from wax cylinders to digital downloads. These extraordinary changes have come to define not only music, but who we are as individuals and as a society."

ON RECORD has been in development by Wildheart executives Maxim Langstaff and Michele Langstaff with Sir George Martin for more than five years. Both have been working with Sir George for more than a decade in conjunction with the successful "Making of Sergeant Pepper" multi-media events, and both will serve as creators and executive producers of ON RECORD. Also serving as executive producer for the series is Phil Quartararo, former president of EMI Music Marketing, founding president and CEO, Virgin Records, and president of Warner Music. Emmy Award-winning Alan Benson (BBC, Walt Disney) is the series director.

"ON RECORD tells the story of how the most universal mass medium of the 20th century marked the emergence of pop culture worldwide," said project visionary Maxim Langstaff, "how the competition between the urban middle class and the rural working class came to define popular music and in so doing, made possible the breakthrough of minority cultures into mainstream consciousness."

ON RECORD will feature artists from all genres of music including pop, jazz, classical, R&B, folk, rock and country. Told as a narrative tapestry weaving the words of today's living legends with memorable musical moments, landmark cultural events and inspiring inventions/innovations, ON RECORD will consist of new interviews with top music icons and legends, historic archival performances and never-before-seen footage exclusive to ON RECORD. Hundreds of artists will be featured, including the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Elton John, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Les Paul, Paul Simon, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, the Carter Family, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Muddy Waters, Stevie Wonder, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Guthrie, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, Buddy Holly, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Jay-Z, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and scores of others. Their comments  punctuated with their music  illuminate and reinforce the impact of the world's most pervasive mass entertainment medium.

"So many of us carry in our heads a musical soundtrack that gives our lives meaning and vibrancy," said John F. Wilson, Sr. Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive, PBS. "Music is such an important art form for understanding our shared culture and history; this was a natural for PBS to greenlight. We feel confident this project, supported with extensive educational outreach, will be one of those monumental and long-lasting series that PBS is so well known for."

ON RECORD tells the story of how recorded music and its distribution and consumption have transformed American life. The technology spawned radio, movies, television and the Internet and gave birth to popular culture. In little more than a century, recording technology moved from the first tin-foil and wax cylinders to flat discs; from 78 to 33 and 45 rpm speeds; from the acoustic horn to 128-track recording; from magnetic tape to digital downloads. The series' educational outreach will provide teachers with a curriculum guide and source materials to help students discover or reconnect with their history and culture through the universal language of music.

Recorded in HD and 5.1 surround sound, ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is produced by Wildheart Entertainment, L.P. Wildheart Entertainment manages and produces artists, creative content and media products in film, music, television, publishing and the Internet, and was created in response to the changing landscape of entertainment and communications today.

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches nearly 73 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of digital learning content for pre-K-12 educators, and offers a broad array of other educational services. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
 

Sep 24, 2008: Then & Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock

Then & Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock, an essential collection of tracks from multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Herbie Hancock, was released yesterday (September 23rd) on Verve Records. Included on the disc is a previously unreleased live version of "River" featuring Joni. A first-ever career retrospective of the jazz visionary's unparalleled work, the 12-track CD chronicles five decades, featuring music spanning Hancock's illustrious career from Blue Note, Warner Brothers and Sony, to his present days with Verve. The only truly comprehensive collection of Hancock's work covers the genre-stretching musician's expansive repertoire, from his best-known solo works including "Maiden Voyage" and "Rockit" to his collaborations with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Damien Rice, and Corinne Bailey Rae.

"From avant-garde to Gershwin, post-bop to pop standards, electric jazz to electro-funk, Herbie Hancock has been at the forefront of modern music for five decades," explains writer Kirk Degiorgio in the CD's engaging liner notes. Few artists in the music industry have gained more respect and cast more influence than Herbie Hancock. Beginning his incomparable career as a sideman in the Miles Davis Quintet, Hancock achieved a career milestone in 2008, winning two Grammy Awards including the main prize, Album of the Year for 'River: The Joni Letters' (Verve Records), the first time a jazz record had won Album of the Year since 1964. Hancock was also named to the Time 100, Time magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world.
 

Sep 23, 2008: "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin, author of "This is Your Brain on Music", has a new book out entitled The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. It contains exclusive interviews with Joni and others. Charles Darwin meets the Beatles in this attempt to blend neuroscience and evolutionary biology to explain why music is such a powerful force. In this rewarding study Levitin, a rock musician turned neuroscientist, argues that music is a core element of human identity, paving the way for language, cooperative work projects and the recording of our lives and history. Through his studies, Levitin has identified six kinds of songs that help us achieve these goals: songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love. He cites lyrics ranging from the songs of Johnny Cash to work songs, which, he says, promote feelings of togetherness. According to Levitin, evolution may have selected individuals who were able to use nonviolent means like dance and music to settle disputes. Songs also serve as memory-aids, as records of our lives and legends. Some may find Levitin's evolutionary explanations reductionist, but he lightens the science with personal anecdotes and chats with Sting and others, offering an intriguing explanation for the power of music in our lives as individuals and as a society.
 

Sep 15, 2008: Michael Arden performs "Blue" in New York City

Heads up, New Yorkers! Michael Arden, most recently seen on the New York stage in the City Center Encores! production of Juno, will salute the work of Joni Mitchell in October at Joe's Pub.
Arden will perform Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety. The 11:30 PM concerts Oct. 28-30 will feature new arrangements penned by Todd Almond.
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets, priced $20, are available by visiting www.joespub.com.
 

Sep 7, 2008: Joni receives award at Alberta Arts Day

More awards for Joni as she capped off a gala event at the Jubilee Auditorium celebrating the first Alberta Arts Day September 8th by accepting an award recognizing her contribution to Albertan and Canadian culture. About 1,300 Calgarians took in the the festivities at the Jubilee, which also included performances by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, singer-songwriter Kris Demeanor, and Alberta Ballet, which performed an excerpt from Fiddle and the Drum, their internationally-acclaimed collaboration with Mitchell.
 

Sep 4, 2008: "The Fiddle and the Drum" comes to Banff

The Alberta Ballet previews the extended version of Joni's ballet "The Fiddle and the Drum" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night at the Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Tickets are available by calling 800-413-8368. Four songs have been added to the ballet: The Reoccurring Dream, Ethiopia, Woodstock and Shine. Since its Calgary premiere in February 2007, The Fiddle and the Drum has enjoyed a sold-out screening in New York, as well as nine performances at the Luminato Festival, where Alberta Ballet shared the stage for the first time with the National Ballet of Canada.
 

Aug 1, 2008: Lloyd Whitesell talks about his new book


WNYC's Soundcheck radio program of July 30th featured an interview with Lloyd Whitesell, author of the recently published book "The Music of Joni Mitchell." As the program introduction states, "Joni became a vastly influential singer-songwriter by combining a deep, personal style with the sounds of pop, jazz, and the avant-garde. On this show, Lloyd reveals some of the hidden aspects of her creativity." Download the podcast here.
 

Jul 9, 2008: "The Music of Joni Mitchell" now available

Lloyd Whitesell's long-awaited book entitled "The Music of Joni Mitchell" is finally available (click graphic for more information). Whitesell presents a thorough exploration of Mitchell's musical style, sound, and structure in order to evaluate her songs from a musicological perspective. His analyses are conceived within a holistic framework that takes account of poetic nuance, cultural reference, and stylistic evolution over a long, adventurous career.

Mitchell's songs represent a complex, meticulously crafted body of work. The Music of Joni Mitchell offers a comprehensive survey of her output, with many discussions of individual songs, organized by topic rather than chronology. Individual chapters each explore a different aspect of her craft, such as poetic voice, harmony, melody, and large-scale form. A separate chapter is devoted to the central theme of personal freedom, as expressed through diverse symbolic registers of the journey quest, bohemianism, creative license, and spiritual liberation.

Previous accounts of Mitchell's songwriting have tended to favor her poetic vision, expansive verse structures, and riveting vocal delivery. Whitesell fills out this account with special attention to musical technique, showing how such traits as complex or conflicting sonorities, dualities of harmonic mode, dialectical tensions of texture and register, intricately layered instrumental figuration, and a variable vocal persona are all essential to her distinctive identity as a songwriter. The Music of Joni Mitchell develops a set of conceptual tools geared specifically to Mitchell's songs, in order to demonstrate the extent of her technical innovation in the pop song genre, to give an account of the formal sophistication and rhetorical power characterizing her work as a whole, and to provide grounds for the recognition of her intellectual stature as a composer within her chosen field.
 

Jul 2, 2008: Tribute to Joni to be held in the Washington DC area

On August 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm Strathmore Hall (Washington DC area) presents A TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL in the Music Center at Strathmore. This will be the 5th Strathmore tribute show produced by Bandhouse Gigs, showcasing an amazing array of D.C. based talent to honor an esteemed musical artist. Previous Strathmore Summer Concert Series finales have paid tribute to the music of Nils Lofgren in 2004, The Band (2005), and Neil Young (2006). All were held on the Strathmore lawn and each drew crowds in excess of 4,000. In 2007 the show moved inside to the state of the art 1,970 seat Music Center for a sold out show paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan.

This year's Tribute to Joni Mitchell will celebrate one of the most heralded songwriters and artists in popular music. Over the course of her remarkable 40+ year career, Joni Mitchell has explored and expanded the boundaries of folk, rock, pop, and jazz, crafting classics including Both Sides Now, Woodstock, & Help Me. Joni Mitchell has recorded more than 25 albums and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her music continues to influence several generations of artists and fans.

Almost 50 area performers will be participating in the tribute, including popular veterans like Mary Ann Redmond, Jon Carroll, Naked Blue, and John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter) ; respected artists such as Carey Creed, Chaise Lounge, Esther Haynes, Deeme Katson, Cal Everett, One Horse Town, and Diane Rosenthal; and electrifying new talents Luke Brindley, Laura Burhenn (Georgie James), LEA, Margot MacDonald, and Chelsea Lee. Other musicians performing in the show include current Eagles guitarist Steuart Smith (who recorded with Joni Mitchell on 'Turbulent Indigo'), drummers Timm Biery and Andy Hamburger, bassists Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra) & Scott Giambusso, guitarists Dan Hovey and Keith Grimes (Eva Cassady), saxophonists Al Williams & Wayne Sulc, conguero Cesar Vanegas, and keyboardists Bill Starks, John Hurd, and Daniel Brindley.

Bandhouse Gigs is comprised of Ronnie Newmyer, Chuck Sullivan, David Sless, and Danny Schwartz. Newmyer and Sullivan are veteran musicians, Schwartz is a musician and ace audio engineer, and Sless has spent more than 33 years coordinating and stage managing live events and mixing sound at a variety of area venues.

The tribute series began in 2004 when Strathmore and WAMA partnered to present the Washington Timeline Concert Series, a yearlong event recognizing nationally acclaimed D.C. based musicians. Newmyer and Sullivan were asked to organize a tribute concert to honor guitarist Nils Lofgren as a finale to the series. That wildly successful effort has evolved into a popular annual event that serves to showcase the diverse and richly talented music scene in the D.C. area. Strathmore, under the guidance of artistic director Shelley Brown, has collaborated with Bandhouse Gigs to put together these unique and inspiring shows that cap off each Summer Concert Series.

For more information on Bandhouse Gigs contact: Ronnie Newmyer
 

Jun 11, 2008: Green Flag Song in Galway, Ireland

Even as her work is being exhibited in Toronto, Canada this week, Joni will be traveling to Ireland in July, bringing her Green Flag Song art exhibit for the Arts Festival in Galway.
 

Jun 3, 2008: De Parade in The Hague

Good news for Joni's many fans in The Netherlands and surrounding areas...Dutch singer Charlie Dée will be touring with her band for a Joni Tribute. Check her website for dates and locations, and enjoy!
 

May 30, 2008: Joni tribute album released

Leora Cashe and The Ross Taggart Trio have released their Joni tribute titled "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" and it is available for purchase now. Focusing on Joni's early career, the tracklist is:
1 Carey
2 Chelsea Morning
3 Big Yellow Taxi (2007)
4 Michael From Mountains
5 The Circle Game
6 I Don't Know Where I Stand
7 All I Want
8 The Gallery
9 Both Sides Now
10 Woodstock
11 Rainy Night House
12 A Case of You

 

May 18, 2008: Joni to add four songs to "The Fiddle and the Drum"

New opportunities to see Joni's ballet production "The Fiddle and the Drum" continue to be added. The Alberta Ballet will be performing the show one night only at the Banff Summer Arts Festival on September 5. The Banff Festival is held 80 miles west of Calgary, Canada. According to their website, Joni is in the process of adding another four compositions to the soundtrack, transforming a 48-minute ballet into a full evening work. More information can be found here.
 

May 15, 2008: Green Flag Song at the Luminato Festival

Joni's work will be featured at the Luminato Festival this summer in Toronto. On tap at the festival are both the Green Flag Song art exhibit and the Alberta Ballet company performing the ever-popular Fiddle and the Drum. The Ballet will be performed most days from June 13th through June 22nd - tickets are available on-line. Green Flag Song is a free exhibit available for viewing each and every day of the festival.
 

May 14, 2008: "For the Roses" added to the National Recording Registry

Joni's 1972 masterpiece "For The Roses" was among 25 recordings recently added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The registry preserves recorded works that are considered culturally or historically important.
 

May 12, 2008: New Joni tribute CD from Denmark

More news in the world of Joni Tributes. Big Yellow Taxi from Denmark has assembled Treasures of Joni Mitchell, their third collection of Joni tunes, and this time around the track listing contains eleven Joni songs that she never released. The CD is available now, but supplies are limited so you'll want to move fast. The tracklist includes Joni's first composition, "Day After Day" and many other Joni songs from the 60's seeing their first official release.
 

Apr 6, 2008: Joni wins a Juno Award

Congratulations to Joni for winning a 2008 JUNO award for "Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year". It is her 3rd Juno and was her 17th nomination. Previous wins were in 1976 (Female Vocalist of the Year) and 2001 (Best Vocal Jazz Album). Other Juno winners included Feist, The Arcade Fire, and Measha Brueggergosman. The Juno awards are Canada's annual music awards, their equivalent of America's Grammy Awards.
 

Apr 2, 2008: Joni's performance with Herbie now online

The recent Joni appearance with Herbie Hancock on Yahoo's "Nissan Live Sets" is now available for viewing. Joni looks and sounds beautiful!
 

Mar 28, 2008: "Shine" music book now available

Those of you who have been waiting to play songs from "Shine" - wait no longer! The music book is available now from Amazon and others.
 

Mar 27, 2008: Green Flag Song at Luminato 2008

Luminato 2008, Toronto's "Festival of Arts and Creativity", in association with the Art Gallery of Toronto is adding Joni's latest art exhibit 'Green Flag Song' to its schedule. This will mark the Canadian debut of this exhibit. Green Flag shows June 6-22 at CTV Queen Street, 277 Queen Street West.
 

Mar 25, 2008: Joni nominated for Juno Award

More award nominations for Joni! Joni Mitchell has been the recipient of 2 Juno Canadian Music Awards, and nominated for 15 more, and she is in the running for "Jack Richardson Producer of The Year" for "Hana" and "Bad Dreams" in the upcoming 2008 Juno Awards which will be presented Sunday, April 6th. Be sure to watch the broadcast and root for Joni!
 

Mar 21, 2008: Joni makes soundstage appearance

Joni made a special intimate Los Angeles soundstage appearance last night to perform with Herbie Hancock and his band for a show that will be broadcast on Yahoo on April 1. Joni performed "River", "Tea Leaf Prophecy", and "Hana". Guest vocalist Sonya Kitchell added backing vocals on "Hana" and also performed "All I Want".
 

Mar 20, 2008: Joni tribute CD available in April

More news from the always-busy world of Joni Mitchell Tributes! Big Yellow Taxi , a Danish group with several Joni tribute discs to their credit, has announced the eagerly-awaited follow-up to their last effort, Unknown and Famous Songs of Joni Mitchell, titled "Treasures of Joni Mitchell". This one promises to be VERY special as it features a host of Joni songs that she never released! The CD will be available in April, check back for details. The tracklist is as follows:
1 The Gift of the Magi
2 Hunter (written and recorded for Blue but never released)
3 Born to Take the Highway
4 Day after Day (the FIRST song Joni wrote!)
5 Dr. Junk
6 The Circle Game
7 Eastern Rain
8 Brandy Eyes
9 Blue on Blue
10 Just Like Me
11 Play, Little David Play
12 Winter Lady

Exciting news indeed!
 

Mar 11, 2008: March 11, 2008

Joni Mitchell news seems to come from all areas these days; music, art, literature and now more news from the world of dance. The Alberta Ballet has announced a 2008-9 season featuring a longer version of The Fiddle and The Drum, its groundbreaking ballet set to Joni's music. The Fiddle and the Drum, a collaboration between Mitchell and Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre, debuted in February 2007 in Calgary and Edmonton. A new full-length adaptation, with more songs and imagery by Mitchell, debuts in February 2009.
 

Mar 3, 2008: March 3, 2008

April 8th is the Publication date for "Girls Like Us - Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation" by Sheila Weller.
The Simon & Schuster website describes the book as "a groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon that charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time."
 

Feb 10, 2008: February 10, 2008

Joni has picked up another Grammy award, this time for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "One Week Last Summer." Joni was not in attendance to pick up the award, but did receive kudos from Herbie Hancock, who surprisingly took the Best Album of The Year award with his tribute disc to Joni, "River: The Joni Letters." "First of all I want to thank Joni Mitchell, with her incredible words and music," Hancock said in his acceptance speech before turning to a list that started with his mother and father, and included participating vocalist Leonard Cohen. More information here.
 

Feb 4, 2008: February 4, 2008

Good news for Toronto-area Joni fans! Hugh's Room proudly presents "Songs Are Like Tatoos - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" on Saturday, February 23. Scheduled performers include Mia Sheard, Harmony Trowbridge, Kurt Swinghammer, Caitlin Hanford, Dan Goldman, Joan Besen, Paul Linklater, Chris Gartner, Ryan Granville-Martin + special guests!
 

Jan 21, 2008: January 21, 2008

Newly released is an audio companion piece to the DVD released in 2007 documenting one of Joni's appearances on the Johnny Cash television show. The CD, titled "The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971", contains the Joni-Johnny duet of "Girl From The North Country" as well as "Fire and Rain" with James Taylor. The CD is currently available for purchase online and in stores.
 

Jan 11, 2008: January 11, 2008

Long-time Joni scholar and fan Lloyd "Chip" Whitesell's new book entiled "The Music of Joni Mitchell" is to be released by the Oxford University Press in July of 2008. Chip teaches music history at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of articles on Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Bernard Herrmann, and minimalism, and co-editor of the book Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity. The book is currently available for pre-order in both hardcover and paperback. Chip's article from 2002 entitled Harmonic palette in early Joni Mitchell is one of the all-time most-read items from the Library, so this book should prove to be an important addition to any fan's collection.
 

Jan 1, 2008: January 1, 2008

An in-depth Robert Hilburn interview with Joni is featured in the latest edition of Mojo Magazine, on newstands January 2nd.
 

Dec 6, 2007: December 6, 2007

The Grammy nominations are in, and Joni has received a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "One Week Last Summer".

Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" has been nominated for Album of the Year.
The Grammy Awards will be broadcast February 10, 2008.
 

Dec 4, 2007: December 4, 2007

Luminato 2008 is proud to present the Toronto premiere of the Alberta Ballet's The Fiddle and the Drum, a contemporary dance work inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell and choreographed by Alberta Ballet's Artistic Director Jean Grand-Mantre.

Presented in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, The Fiddle and the Drum will be mounted for 10 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Fiddle and the Drum, a semi-abstract narrative ballet danced in neo-classical style, is performed to an hour of Mitchell's compelling music and her latest artworks, which are projected on three large canvas screens behind the dancers throughout the ballet. Alberta Ballets 26 dancers merge through powerful and sensual movements with Joni Mitchell's eclectic sound and visual art and create a contemporary fusion of art forms that awaken and stir the soul.

The piece also speaks volumes about Joni Mitchell's life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind. As an artist creating today, quite frankly, I can see no other subject matter that is of more importance now. We need people to awaken to this reality, says Ms. Mitchell.

The Fiddle and the Drum will be performed in a program that includes Harald Landers virtuoso piece Etudes and William Forsythes provocative the second detail.
 

Nov 30, 2007: November 30, 2007

And the Tributes keep rolling in...Austin musicians Will Taylor & Strings Attached are releasing a studio CD of Joni Mitchell songs titled "Back To The Garden" The recordings were sparked by the success of Will's live Joni tribute concerts earlier this year. The CD includes "Favorite Colour", an early song of Joni's that she never recorded. The release parties are this weekend and the CD can be purchased here.
 

Nov 28, 2007: November 28, 2007

2007 continues to be a big year for Joni Tribute releases. Vancouver B.C. jazz artist Leora Cashe has announced the December 1 release of her latest project with the Ross Taggart Trio titled "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell". And should you happen to be in the area, you'll want to be in attendance for the release party , 8PM at the Unitarian Church.
 

Nov 26, 2007: November 26, 2007

Look for a "big interview" with Joni in the upcoming issue of Mojo Magazine.
 

Nov 15, 2007: November 15, 2007

Joni is scheduled to appear on The Charlie Rose talk show tonight. Don't miss it!
 

Nov 7, 2007: November 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Joni!
All of us in the Joni community celebrate your life and the truth and beauty of your life's work, and as 2007 is proving, you are still at the top of your game. Thanks for all you've given us.
 

Nov 6, 2007: November 6, 2007

Joni makes another TV appearance this week when she talks to PBS' Tavis Smiley this Friday, November 9th. Check your local listings for details.
 

Oct 29, 2007: October 29, 2007

As previously reported, Joni performed with an All-Star band October 28 in Los Angeles, in tribute to Herbie Hancock. She performed "Tea Leaf Prophecy" and "Hana". And tune in to CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, November 4, when Joni will appear on that program. Check your local listings for details.
 

Oct 29, 2007: October 29, 2007

Passing through the Palm Springs, California area next month? The Dezart One Gallery presents Sherry Rayn Barnett's "Icons of Pop Music, Three Decades of Pop Music." The exhibit runs from November 8, 2007 to December 2, 2007. Sherry Rayn Barnett is a widely published music photographer, based in Los Angeles, who has been photographing our generation's finest musicians "in concert" for over three decades. From the early 70's to the present, Sherry has captured the essence of the live performance, spanning the world of pop, rock, jazz, folk, country and blues. Her dynamic onstage photographs & exclusive portraits have graced the covers of CD's, records, books and magazines and have featured musical legends as diverse as The Carpenters, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, James Taylor, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, kd Lang, BB King, David Bowie and Prince at the height of their careers. This special showing includes never seen before images of pop icons from the 70's to the present, whose music has become the soundtrack of our lives. For more information, see both Sherry's website and the Dezart One website
 

Oct 11, 2007: October 11, 2007

Another Joni tribute CD is in the works - this time from Canadian vocalist Leora Cashe with arrangements by pianist/saxophonist Ross Taggart. Titled "Another Side Now", the album will focus on Joni's early period from 1968-1974. More details to follow as they are known.
 

Oct 9, 2007: October 9, 2007

Following the thought that one tribute deserves another, Joni is slated to perform at a Herbie Hancock tribute taking place October 28th in Hollywood, CA. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is hosting an all-star tribute concert for musician Herbie Hancock in honor of his contributions to the genre and the music industry.

Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Joni Mitchell, Sting and others are tapped to perform at the event, to be held Oct. 28 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The concert is part of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, which features young talent competing for a series of scholarships.

The competition takes place Oct. 27 at UCLA, and the top three finalists will face off the following night at the Kodak Theater, just prior to the tribute concert. The competition winner takes home a $20,000 scholarship, the second place finalist receives a $10,000 scholarship and the third receives a scholarship for $5,000.

The judges for the competition include Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove.

The competition and the tribute concert will air on BET at a date to be determined.
 

Oct 4, 2007: October 4, 2007

THE EMERGENCE OF JONI MITCHELL, a two-hour public radio special on the heralded songwriter will be heard around the country this fall, and is now available for Joni fans to hear online. In this third installment of his series on the seminal work of important figures in popular music, award-winning producer Paul Ingles and guest commentators explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades.

The program focuses on Mitchell's key releases to illuminate the musicianship of the woman Rolling Stone called "one of rock's most daring and uncompromising innovators."

By mixing Mitchell's music from these pivotal moments with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, THE EMERGENCE OF JONI MITCHELL articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer. Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson, and Holly George-Warren. Also featured are KGSR Radio's Jody Denberg and musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Randall Williams, and Herbie Hancock. Joni fans Ashara Stansfield, Sue McNamara, Les Irvin and Jill Haas are included as well.

"Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display," says Ingles. Ingles says the special explores her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals in some detail.

"I like to think of these programs like docent-led exhibition tours," says Ingles. "The commentators tune listeners' ears for particular things in Joni's music, then we play the song and it becomes a fresh experience."

This is the third in an on-going series of radio programs about the seminal work of important artists that Ingles is producing. Previous episodes were THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN and THE EMERGENCE OF PAUL SIMON.

For more details on THE EMERGENCE OF JONI MITCHELL, an audio preview, extended interviews, pictures and a link to the program online can be found at Paul's website.

Another place where the program can be auditioned and reviewed is at this link. Visitors need to register with the Public Radio Exchange to hear it there.
 

Oct 3, 2007: October 3, 2007

The Fiddle and the Drum, World Television Premiere : October 22 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Joni and internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maître of the Alberta Ballet Company collaborate to create The Fiddle and The Drum, an engaging performance spectacle combining three art forms ; music, dance and art ; which Joni calls "the best project of my career." Produced by Joe Media Group of Calgary in association with Bravo!, The Fiddle and The Drum, which premieres October 22 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, showcases Mitchell's life-long concerns regarding environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind.

Mitchell's provocative music served as Grand-Maître's manuscript and inspiration in choreographing a ballet that celebrates the profoundly humanistic questions and testimonies expressed so poetically in Mitchell's compositions. The performance features three new songs from Mitchell's latest album, Shine, including a remix of Big Yellow Taxi, and selections from her earlier recordings such as: For the Roses, Passion Play, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Beat of Black Wings, Sex Kills, The Three Great Stimulants and The Fiddle and The Drum.

As the Alberta Ballet's dancers give metaphorical life to the eternal music, Mitchell's most recent works of art are projected on a large screen on stage. These iconic images were choreographed by Mitchell to appear at pivotal moments in the ballet.

The special was filmed at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, Alberta and was also produced with the financial participation of the Alberta Film Development Program, The Canadian Television Fund and CAVCO.

Bravo! is a sojourn in the television landscape where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts. A proud supporter of the Canadian independent production community, Bravo! funds approximately 100 hours of independently produced documentaries and performing arts specials a year. Bravo! is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company.
 

Oct 2, 2007: October 2, 2007

Appropriately enough, the upcoming film of Joni's collaborative ballet will kick off the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival, set for Oct. 10-14. "Fiddle and the Drum," which takes its title from a Mitchell song, will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. This preview runs 55 minutes and features Mitchell's collaboration with internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maître of the Alberta Ballet Company.
 

Sep 24, 2007: September 24, 2007

On September 25, Starbucks will host an intimate "Lunch and Listen" event to celebrate "Shine." From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, more than 6,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will participate in the event by playing "Shine" along with a retrospective of classics which have made Joni one of the most beloved singer/songwriters of our time.
"Shine" will be available at Starbucks locations and traditional music retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada on September 25 and in global markets the week of September 24. "Shine" is already receiving glowing accolades from the press, check out the library for all the latest reviews.
 

Sep 22, 2007: September 22, 2007

Concord Music has a Promotional Video for Shine, featuring snippets of Joni interview, her ballet, and selections from the new one. See it here.
 

Sep 18, 2007: September 18, 2007

Joni talks in depth about each track on the new album "Shine" in an article published today by Starpulse. Read the article here.
 

Sep 17, 2007: September 17, 2007

Head over to the LiveDaily website and be one of the first to hear Herbie Hancock's Joni tribute, which the New York Times says "delivers an intimate reinvention issuing from someplace deep inside the music."

Describing the great work of Herbie's core band on the record (Herbie, sax genius Wayne Shorter, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Dave Holland and guitarist Lionel Loueke), the Times goes on to say:

They also support a handful of vocalists, ranging from the wistful young singer-songwriters Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones (on "River" and "Court and Spark" respectively) to the spectral poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen ("The Jungle Line"). Tina Turner takes a mesmerizing turn on "Edith and the Kingpin," while the Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza offers a respectful "Amelia."

Then there is Ms. Mitchell herself. "If she's not a jazz singer, I don't know who is," Mr. Hancock said. "Her phrasing on 'Tea Leaf Prophecy' is unbelievable."
 

Sep 14, 2007: September 14, 2007

Coinciding with the release of Shine, Joni will have her art exhibited in New York City. It will be installed by the Violet Ray Gallery, at Openhouse, 201 Mullberry Street, in the Village. The opening is Sept 25th (invitation only) and will be on display until Oct 1st or 2nd.
 

Sep 6, 2007: September 6, 2007

The Fiddle and the Drum, the ballet collaboration between Joni and Alberta Ballet's artistic creator Jean Grand-Maître, will be broadcast on the Bravo television network on October 22nd. Check your local listings for the exact time.
 

Aug 30, 2007: August 30, 2007

On September 18, CMV/Columbia/Legacy will release The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show, a 2xDVD compiling 64 live performances from the 58 episodes of Johnny Cash's 1969-1971 "The Johnny Cash Show". Kris Kristofferson hosts the DVD, which features performances from Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Derek and the Dominoes, Roy Orbison, the Carter Family (inluding June Carter Cash), and Johnny Cash himself, among many others. The set also features new interviews with John Carter Cash, Tennessee Three bassist Marshall Grant, Hank Williams, Jr., musical arranger Bill Walker, and hairstylist Penny Lane. There will also be a single-disc CD version of the compilation available on the same day as the DVD. More information can be found here.
 

Aug 16, 2007: August 16, 2007

Advance copies of Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters are generating lots of interest. Hancock commissioned Michelle Mercer to write the official press release. She's the author of Footprints, the Wayne Shorter biography and is working on a book involving Joni Mitchell, which is under contract with Simon & Schuster. Read the press release here:

Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters"

A Set of Songs, Vocal and Instrumental, by or Influential to Joni Mitchell.

Band comprised of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Vinnie Colaiuta and Lionel Loueke. Produced and Arranged by Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein. Featured Guest Vocalists &mdash Joni Mitchell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Leonard Cohen, Norah Jones, Luciana Souza and Tina Turner.

Depending on the day, Herbie Hancock might perform any number of roles. He's the nation's first-call jazz ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, an American music luminary. Most of all, like other great artists, he makes things new again. He did it for us with The New Standard, when he found the swing and the meaning in pop classics. He did it with his kaleidoscopic take on Gershwin's World &mdash and took home three Grammy awards for it.

Yet for all Hancock's accomplishments both in and out of music, there's one thing he'd never done. "I had never thought about lyrics before," he says. "Never."

River: The Joni Letters is Hancock's journey into the world of words, his initiation as a man of letters. "I wanted the lyrics to be the foundation for this whole project, for everything to stem from the lyrics and their meaning."

"What I have done before in projects is to take someone else's song that I like and re-harmonize it," says Hancock, who helped pioneer post-bop jazz, in which lyrics are usually a creative point of departure. "Before I set out to do that on this record, I figured I better find out what Joni did and why Joni did what she did with the melodies. Because if the melodies took a certain direction, knowing her, she took those twists and turns and used certain devices based on what's happening in the lyrics. She's a master at that."

To understand the richly allusive connection among melody, harmony and poetry in Mitchell's work, Hancock enlisted the help of producer Larry Klein, Mitchell's long-time collaborator. "We sat together for a long time, months before we actually recorded the record," Klein says. "We just listened to the songs and looked at the lyrics together. We would discuss song origins, allegorical stuff Joni had told me or in other cases leave the interpretation nebulous, as it was meant to be. This was a whole new world for Herbie to be thinking in."

Hancock then assembled a group of the world's top musicians, including the incomparable Wayne Shorter on soprano and tenor sax, the brilliant bassist and composer Dave Holland, (a musical cohort of Hancock and Shorter's who shares their adventurousness, as well as the Miles Davis imprimatur), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (a recent member of Hancock's band as well as a former collaborator with Mitchell and Sting), and Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke, also a member of Hancock's band.

When they got to the studio Hancock and Klein led another literary seminar. "Before we recorded any of the songs, we gave a copy of the lyrics to each guy in the band," Hancock says. "We sat in the engineer's booth and discussed the meaning of the lyrics word by word, phrase by phrase, and got into the nuances of the lyrics."

With such advanced musical minds applied to Mitchell's poetry and vocal selections cast with some of the music world's strongest singers, River: The Joni Letters turned out to be no ordinary tribute record. In appreciation of Mitchell's gifts, the musicians created a third entity in which sound conveys word, word conveys sound, and listening is a happy confusion of the two.

A haunting chromaticism marks Hancocks piano intro on Rivers opening song, Court and Spark, the title track from Mitchells bestselling album. In this musical setting, Mitchells familiar Court and Spark lyrics register new poetic impact, especially with the nuanced ambivalence of Norah Joness vocal. You hear as much imagery in Hancocks picturesque keyboard phrases on Amelia &mdash especially when he paints the 747s over geometric farms that singer Luciana Souza darkly intones.

Still, Hancock was careful not to take lyrical adaptation too literally. "One thing that we all agreed on was to be cinematic and dramatic in our interpretation of the lyrics," he explained. "Sort of like we were doing a movie score in many ways. Because when you're writing a movie score, you don't write every single nuance that goes on onscreen. If you do that it's kind of 'cartoony.' So sometimes we decided to just let the lyric be. The music should be the cushion, if anything, under the lyric, that supports it, so the lyric is the focus."

The musicians certainly "let the lyric be" when they support Corinne Bailey Rae's optimistic vocal on "River." Elsewhere, capturing a tune's mood leads the band to altogether different perspectives. While Tina Turner channels the noirish nightlife characters of "Edith and the Kingpin," Wayne Shorter responds on tenor saxophone from a more peripheral vantage point. Hancock explains how Shorter found new character in the tune:

"When we were talking about the tune, Wayne said, 'I'm going to be like one of the cats at the bar who's talking to some of the chicks or something, or be part of the hubbub going on over at the bar at the club.' Now, that's not in the lyrics but I realized that's a brilliant part to play. Because the song is not just about the characters in the lyric &mdash Edith and the Kingpin. It's also about the characters that are there in the environment or scene that the lyric is based off of."

Joni Mitchell herself sings "Tea Leaf Prophecy," an autobiographical song based on the story of her parents' courtship. The recent passing of Mitchell's mother made for a moving performance. "This is a song of her parents meeting and it's kind of a WWII love story, but because of the timing it is also a prayer," Klein says. "She approached it vocally as sending something up to her Mom."

Other songs needed to be instrumentals, Klein says, and none more than "Both Sides Now": "That song was in our in-pile from the beginning because it's been such a lynchpin song of Joni's. And I was really set that we had to do that instrumentally. There's no reason to introduce another vocal version of that into the world, really, since there are so many already existing."

Hancock gives Mitchell's most covered song his most far-reaching interpretation, making space for his own harmonic invention: "There are places I decided would be resting places before I went to the next phrase, which Joni doesn't have on her recording of the song," he says. But again, mindfulness of Mitchell's poetic themes guided his impressionistic approach: "Completely reharmonizing 'Both Sides Now' seemed appropriate to the lyrics."

Mitchell's lyrical perspective broadens verse by verse as she moves allegorically from looking at clouds "from both sides" to considering love and finally all of life "that way." Hancock's instrumental develops parallel to the lyric, gaining dimension with each pass at the melody. "The melody is there," Klein explains, "but the band is completely recontextualizing the melody each time through &mdash in the same way Joni recontextualizes experience with each new verse. It builds up to the last verse's majestic Copland-esque rendering."

Musical symbolism of this order requires a group of musicians who not only speak the language of metaphor but also give themselves over to Mitchell's poetic subjectivity with what Klein calls "perfect humility."

"Lionel has an uncanny sense of placement," Hancock says. "On 'Sweet Bird' he accents the melody with these quiet, long, sustained notes that float up and vanish. You may not hear them the first time you listen, but it creeps up on you."

"Playing what's appropriate is also playing minimally," Hancock adds. "Dave Holland is such a giving and open person and his music reflects it, so when he's in an environment his instinct is to contribute to that environment."

"Vinnie Colaiuta's keeping the time and doing these out of meter things against it," Hancock says. "He's playing almost like two different people, dividing himself in half."

The final strokes in Hancock's portrait of Mitchell's world include two compositions that weren't actually written by Mitchell but were important to her musical development. Duke Ellington's "Solitude" made it onto the record, Hancock says, because Billie Holiday's version "went right to Joni's heart, even at age nine, which is when she first heard it. You can really hear how Joni's influenced by Billie, in her phrasing and even in the sound of her voice &mdash just check out that little vibrato thing at the end of Joni's notes."

Wayne Shorter's asymmetrical masterpiece "Nefertiti" was first recorded by Hancock and Shorter on Miles Davis' classic album of the same name. On River: The Joni Letters, these musicians generously recreate their own composition in the thrilling way Mitchell might have experienced it &mdash as though they're hearing the tune through the prism of her idiosyncratic imagination.

With such astute musicianship the band wasn't limited to playing Mitchell's work song by song &mdash these musicians improvise liberally on her complete oeuvre. Throughout the record Loueke's African guitar inflection recalls Mitchell's experiments with "world music" back before the term had even been coined &mdash in 1975, for example, she used Burundi Drummers on The Hissing of Summer Lawns' "The Jungle Line." In Hancock's version of "The Jungle Line," however, he reduces Mitchell's instrumentation to lone piano, with an incantatory recitation by Leonard Cohen illuminating the surrealism of Mitchell's lyrics.

"Hopefully you've found a new landscape in which to set these great songs so that they can pierce the heart of the listener," Klein says. "We wanted to stretch these things out and give more room for the lyric to be taken in by people, to soak in with them. Herbie's the kind of artist who always asks himself, 'Can I make myself feel something really intensely by making a record?' And then if he can feel it that intensely, hopefully some other people will as well and it will actually help people walk around with a little more of a feeling of their heart."

Mitchell's songwriting has given many listeners their most vivid and visceral sense of the relationship between words and music. Freely adapting Mitchell's entire body of work and expanding her musical and lyrical conversation, Hancock creates fresh metaphorical associations in her music and brings renewed life to her words. Hancock not only pays tribute to Mitchell's genius. He offers us the gift of hearing her songs reborn.

Herbie Hancock the ceaseless innovator has produced an original kind of homage: River: The Joni Letters is a musical passion play on Joni Mitchell's total artistry.
 

Aug 13, 2007: August 13, 2007

The Bravo! Network announces the World Premiere Broadcast of "The Fiddle And The Drum", Joni's collaborative effort with Alberta Ballet's artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, a ballet set to Mitchell's music and performed before projections of her artwork. The premiere will be October 22 at 8PM ET (5 PM PT). This one-hour dance, music and visual arts performance special, produced by Joe Media Group in association with Bravo!, is a reflection of Mitchell's life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind.
 

Aug 11, 2007: August 11, 2007

The lyrics to the new album have been released! Read them here.
 

Aug 2, 2007: August 2, 2007

More details on the upcoming Herbie Hancock Joni tribute project have been announced. The album is titled "River - The Joni Letters" and will feature some of the biggest names in pop and jazz music.
Hancock's CD will be in stores on September 25, coinciding with Joni's own release date for "Shine" as well as Chaka Khan's "Funk This" which will feature a cover of Joni's song "Ladies' Man".
 

Jul 25, 2007: July 25, 2007

It's official! Joni has signed a 2-album deal with Starbucks' "Hear Music" label. "Shine" is the first and has a release date of September 25. "Shine" includes nine new songs as well as a new version of Mitchell's evergreen, "Big Yellow Taxi." The album is part of a series of new work from her, including a ballet based on her music, "The Fiddle and the Drum," and a visual art exhibit that opens in the fall in New York. The full track listing is:

1. One Week Last Summer
2. This Place
3. If I Had a Heart
4. Hana
5. Bad Dreams are Good
6. Big Yellow Taxi
7. Night of the Iguana
8. Strong and Wrong
9. Shine
10. If
 

Jul 21, 2007: July 21, 2007

According to the New Music Express , Starbucks is poised to sign Joni and offer up her next release of new music, tentatively titled "Shine". Starbucks has previously released exclusive Joni CD's in their "Artist's Choice" and "Selected Songs" series.
 

Jul 13, 2007: July 13, 2007

While Joni is not touring this summer, there are still several opportunities to hear her music live - check out these fine artists:
July 21 finds the Robin Adler Quintet and the "Joni Band" performing at the Hilltop Center in Fallbrook, CA.
Further south, in Austin, TX, Will Taylor & Strings Attached will perform three Joni tribute shows on July 27th and 28th.
And you know...there may be more!
 

Jun 23, 2007: June 23, 2007

More news on Herbie Hancock's upcoming project, which will be a tribute to Joni's music and artistry; Joni may be contributing vocals on "In My Solitude", and such notables as Norah Jones, Tina Turner and British soul singer Corrine Bailey Rae will be covering Joni selections on the disc. Also featured on the album will be a version of one of Joni's favorite compositions, "Nefertiti" by her close friend and musical partner Wayne Shorter. According to Herbie himself, Joni was challenged to write lyrics and sing on the track (as she previously did with the music of Charles Mingus) but was unable to do so as she is working to complete her own album, "Shine".
 

Jun 12, 2007: June 12, 2007

"They've got stamps of many countries...", so sang Joni in her song "People's Parties", and soon Joni will be appearing on a postage stamp herself! Four legendary Canadian entertainers, including Joni, are being honoured this year with Canadian postage stamps bearing their faces. Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot, and Anne Murray round out the quartet of honorees. The stamps will be available June 29th.
 

May 29, 2007: May 29, 2007

JoniMitchell.com and its companion website, the JMDL, have been through a lot of changes in the past year. Content has hopped back and forth between the two as a clear direction has been sought for each. By popular demand (and just plain logic frankly) the Library has been added back into JoniMitchell.com's content as well as being left - for the time being - at the JMDL. This addition will give the Library the extra exposure it deserves and put its wealth of information one step closer to the readers.
 

May 24, 2007: May 24, 2007

2007 continues to be a banner year for Joni covers! The Nonesuch Tribute release continues to make headlines and garner favorable reviews, a bevy of artists have featured Joni's songs (including some of her newer material like "Sunny Sunday" and "Last Chance Lost"), and now one of her long-time collaborators Herbie Hancock has announced that his latest project, due out in October, will be a tribute to Joni, including many of her songs as well as work inspired by her. It promises to be an exciting release, and more information will be forthcoming as we hear it.
 

May 2, 2007: May 2, 2007

In 1979, author Debby Chesher published what has become one of the most sought-after books in anyone's Joni collection, Starart. A collection of artwork by stars mainly known as musicians (Cat Stevens, Ron Wood, Klaus Voorman, and others including Joni), this book often commands hundreds of dollars on eBay and in used book stores. Debby has dug into her archives and is now selling her remaining stock that has been stored for the past 28 years. Check her website for information on how to purchase this important and valuable document. No other book - so far - includes such a wide representation of Joni's artwork.
 

Apr 20, 2007: April 20, 2007

Joni is a cover girl once again! This time it's MUZ , a music magazine from Italy, featuring her painting from the album cover of Clouds. Several articles and pictures are included in the March/April cover story.
 

Apr 13, 2007: April 13, 2007

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, musician, composer, author, and editor, will Emcee "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends" on Saturday, April 28 at 8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles.

"Joni is a creative giant," said Rodgers, whose book Rock Troubadours features an in-depth conversation with Mitchell on her craft as a guitarist, composer, and lyricist. "Interviewing her and exploring her creative process was one of the high points of my life as a music journalist. Her songs resonate through so much of contemporary music. I am delighted to participate as Emcee for this tribute concert to her in Skaneateles." Rodgers was the founding editor of the international monthly magazine Acoustic Guitar and still serves the magazine as a contributing editor. He also reports on the music scene for NPR's All Things Considered, and is the author, most recently, of The Complete Singer-Songwriter.

As a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Rodgers has scored a rock musical, performed at San Francisco clubs with the band Heavy Wood, and released a solo CD called Traveling Songs. He will also be performing his Skaneateles debut on April 21st at Creekside Books and Coffee at 7:30 pm. To learn more about Rodgers, please visit his website. To purchase concert tickets, please visit skaneateles.com.
 

Apr 4, 2007: April 4, 2007

The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce a special gathering celebrating the arts, Music, Martinis and Joni Mitchell Masterpieces, to be held at the Skaneateles, New York home of Kimball and James Kraus on April 28, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Music, Martinis & Joni Mitchell Masterpieces is a gathering to celebrate the arts and the communities they impact. The event will combine the visual arts and music by serving as the pre-concert gathering for A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends, a concert sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council. The pre-concert event will put concert-goers in the mood for a great evening with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and lively conversation in the setting of one of Skaneateles' most beautiful homes.

The Everson is pleased to partner with the Skaneateles Area Arts Council on this event, which is organized by the Skaneateles Committee for the Everson. The Skaneateles Committee for the Everson is a group of citizens dedicated to bringing the visual arts, in particular the Everson Museum of Art, to the community of Skaneateles. The committee includes: Jim and Kimball Kraus, Rick and Ann Capozza, Tim and Illysa Green, John and Kim Mezzalingua, Raz Rahman and Susie Birchenough, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Joseph Strodel, Jr. and Therese Verley Strodel.

Tickets are $125 per couple and $75 for individuals and include pre-concert cocktail reception, patron seating to A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends (concert to be held at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church) and a Household Membership to the Everson Museum of Art. Advance reservations are required. Space is limited; reservations are requested no later than April 13, 2007. Proceeds of the pre-concert cocktail event benefit the Everson. Contact the Everson Museum of Art (315) 474-6064 to purchase ticket packages or for more information. To purchase concert-only tickets at $20.00 each (excludes the Everson Museum's reception package), please visit skaneateles.com

About the Everson Museum of Art

The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei. In addition to exhibitions, the Everson presents a monthly Contemporary Film Series, regular Artists Open events and a wide variety of art education programs for adults and children.

The Everson is open to the public Tuesday - Friday and Sunday Noon - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information please visit Eversons's website.

About the Skaneateles Area Council for the Arts

The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community.The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501 C (3) not-for-profit organization. To learn more about the Arts Council, To Learn more, please visit their website.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Tiedemann, Communications Associate
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
315-474-6064 x307
stiedemann@everson.org
 

Apr 3, 2007: April 3, 2007

Nonesuch has gone live with a SPECIAL Website promoting the upcoming April 24 release of "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell". The website features samples of each of the tracks as well as Joni's original recordings. Also included are the comments from each artist about their recording and Joni's work. They've done a great job!
 

Mar 26, 2007: March 26, 2007

Joni's recording of "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines", one of her collaborations with Charles Mingus from 1979, is featured on an upcoming Jaco Pastorius compilation on Mosaic Records titled "Ultimate Jaco Pastorius". The CD is scheduled to be released on April 3rd and is available for ordering now from Amazon and others..
 

Mar 21, 2007: March 21, 2007

Myrtle Anderson, Joni's mother, passed away Monday. She was 95. An inspiration and encouragement to Joni, she is immortalized in much of Joni's work such as "Let The Wind Carry Me", "Dreamland", "Song For Sharon" and "Facelift". All of us in the Joni Mitchell community send our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Joni, her father, and their families.
 

Mar 18, 2007: March 18, 2007

A bit of confusion has ensued based on the previous news item about "Come in from The Cold - The Return of Joni Mitchell". The dates given were correct, but the claim of the documentary playing "over the next two weekends" is incorrect. The highly-anticipated program will be broadcast Tuesdays from March 20th from 8:30-9:30, local London time. Check the BBC's website for more information.
 

Mar 15, 2007: March 15, 2007

New Joni Mitchell songs are to be aired exclusively on BBC Radio 2, six months before her first LP in ten years is released. Joni's "Shine" is the first album of new material in a decade, and also features her setting of Kipling's poem "If."

The world exclusive preview of the songs will take place over the next two weekends, as part of a two-part documentary based around an in-depth "conversation" between Mitchell and British singer-songwriter Amanda Ghost.

The radio series "Come In From The Cold: The Return Of Joni Mitchell" sees Mitchell explain the reasons behind her change of mind about recording music again. The series will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on March 20 and 27 at 8.30pm. "Shine" is expected to be released in the Autumn.
 

Mar 12, 2007: March 12, 2007

Heads up to Joni fans in the DC area! The Institute of Musical Traditions has announced a Joni Tribute show coming up on Monday, March 19 at the Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD. With a long list of confirmed and established musicians performing Joni's music it promises to be quite a show!
 

Mar 8, 2007: March 8, 2007

Joni's lovely face graces the cover of another magazine - this time it's The Word, a prestigious UK music magazine. Joni gives a lengthy interview and discusses her latest project among many other topics. And if you want to subscribe to The Word, they'll even send you a free copy of Joni's "Blue". (I'm guessing most of you already have one, however).

Update: Read it here.
 

Mar 5, 2007: March 5, 2007

The upcoming "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" CD is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The release date is April 24.
 

Mar 1, 2007: March 1, 2007

Rhino, Amazon and CDUniverse are all advertising a Remastered version of Blue available this Tuesday, March 6. No previously unavailable tracks will be included.
 

Feb 24, 2007: February 24, 2007

The Skaneateles (NY) Arts Council is very honored and excited to present 'A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends' on April 28, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles, NY. "Joni Mitchell is one of the most important figures in contemporary music of the past forty years. Her body of work as a composer, singer, painter, and poet is unparalleled, and we are so excited to perform her music in Skaneateles," Maria DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis will perform with five multi-talented musicians: Tori DeAngelis, Phil Flanigan, Karen Oberlin, Hanna Richardson and David Yaffe. Maria is a well-know NY jazz singer and songwriter who has produced four CD's of original songs. David Yaffe, who will play piano in the concert, recently interviewed Joni Mitchell for an article which appeared in The New York Times on Sunday, February 4, 2007. "Joni Mitchell is in possession of one of the most extraordinary song catalogs of the past half-century," he writes. "I couldn't agree more with Mr. Yaffe's view on the beauty and importance of Joni Mitchell's work, and I think the audience will be delighted and moved by the very respectful approach Maria DeAngelis has taken in interpreting the genius of her art song" said Joe Strodel, Jr., Arts Council president.

The Skaneateles Arts Council has partnered with the Everson Museum of Art, a leading museum in New York State designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, on a pre-concert reception, titled Everson Museum of Art presents "Music, Martinis, and Joni Mitchell Masterpieces", to kick-off the concert. The venue for the reception will be announced in early March. A Tribute to Joni Mitchell is sponsored by; Auburn Public Theater; CNY Fertility & Healing Arts Center; Cultural Resources Council; Eagle Newspapers; Everson Museum of Art; Henry Diltz Photography, Leslie and Robert Neulander MD, JoniMitchell.com, Michele Gardner Design; Robert Kiltz, MD; Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Skaneateles Press. Ticket information: 315-685-0552.
 

Feb 21, 2007: February 21, 2007

The official reports are in from the opening of the "Dancing Joni" ballet. Karen McCarthy's "A Woman of Heart and Mind" and Brett Code's "Not a Chalk Mark" give us eyewitness reports of the event. Thanks to both of them for giving us a virtual front-row seat to this critically-acclaimed evening.
 

Feb 9, 2007: February 9, 2007

Whew... it's tough keeping up with Joni these days! Last night, the "Dancing Joni" ballet debuted to quite good reviews. The articles are rolling into the Library, as of this moment there are no less than 17 articles previewing and reviewing the ballet. Stay tuned for a report from this website's own representative at last night's opening in Calgary.
 

Jan 31, 2007: January 31, 2007

The official JMDL/JoniMitchell.com reports from this weekend's Hall of Fame celebration are in! Official attendees Catherine McKay and Pat Hillis give us an inside look into both the cocktail party at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto the night before the event and the star-studded main event on Sunday. Thanks to them both for attending on behalf of the rest of us who couldn't make it!
 

Jan 29, 2007: January 29, 2007

Pictures of and articles about last night's star-studded gala at the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame are rolling in faster than we can keep up! Head on over to the Library at the JMDL and read all the latest news.
 

Jan 17, 2007: January 17, 2007

In honor of Joni's upcoming induction into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has launched two websites - collectively compiling an extensive video and audio archive of Joni. CBC Radio's site and a compilation entitled "All Sides Now" are available for viewing now. The archives feature video clips from as early as 1967, articles, and even audio interviews with her parents. Definately worthy compilations for a world-class artist!
 

Jan 10, 2007: January 10, 2007

James Taylor, funk legend Chaka Kahn and jazz innovator Herbie Hancock are among the music stars who will pay tribute to Joni when she is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this month. James will sing "Woodstock," Kahn will perform "Help Me," and soprano Measha Brueggergosman will put her spin on "Both Sides Now." Herbie Hancock will induct Joni into the hall of fame.
 

Jan 7, 2007: January 7, 2007

Who says you can't dance to Joni? Certainly not the Alberta Ballet, as Joni Mitchell and internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre have come together to collaborate on "The Fiddle And The Drum" a special ballet that will speak volumes of Joni Mitchells life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind.
 

Dec 22, 2006: December 22, 2006

Big news in the ever-burgeoning world of Joni covers! Billboard reports that Bjork, Prince, James Taylor and Elvis Costello are among the artists who have recorded covers for "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell," due in the spring via Nonesuch. The 12-track set also boasts contributions from Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris and Sufjan Stevens.

Here is the track list for "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell":
"Free Man in Paris," Sufjan Stevens
"Boho Dance," Bjork
"Dreamland," Caetano Veloso
"Don't Interrupt the Sorrow," Brad Mehldau
"For the Roses," Cassandra Wilson
"A Case of U," Prince
"Blue," Sarah McLachlan
"Ladies of the Canyon," Annie Lennox
"Magdalena Laundries," Emmylou Harris
"Edith and the Kingpin," Elvis Costello
"Help Me," k.d. lang
"River," James Taylor

 

Dec 12, 2006: December 12, 2006

The 19th annual international convention of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance) will present US Congressman-elect John Hall and Native American songwriter Buffy Saint-Marie as keynote speakers. With more than 2,000 attendees, the conference offers a complete view of the world of traditional and contemporary folk music and dance through showcases, films, workshops, and a networking-rich tradeshow. The business conference will be held at the Memphis Convention Center and Memphis Marriott Downtown February 21 - 25, 2007.

Buffy Sainte-Marie has enjoyed a long career in music and activism. In addition to her keynote address, the Folk Alliance will screen her documentary film Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life. The documentary chronicles the achievements of Sainte-Marie and her personal journey as a singer, songwriter, artist, teacher and activist. It features interviews with Joni Mitchell, Randy Bachman, Stepppenwolf's John Kay, Robbie Robertson, Bill Cosby and folk legend Eric Anderson. Sainte-Marie has remained one of the most influential artists in any genre through the past five decades.

The last discounted registration will be offered until January 5, 2007. Go online to Folk.org or call (901)522-1170 to register.

Also, a heads up to Joni fans in the Syracuse NY area - Syracuse jazz singer and songwriter Maria De Angelis will perform an evening of songs by Joni. One night only, Saturday, January 13, 2007, De Angelis will sing and play guitar for two different sets of Joni's songs, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., at Jazz Central in downtown Syracuse.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased directly from Maria at 446-3918. Admission will be $10 at the door, $8 in advance. Jazz Central, the cozy, 70-seat home of the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation, is located at 441 East Washington Street in Syracuse, near the corner of Townsend Street.
 

Dec 1, 2006: December 1, 2006

Due to the enormous level of attention Joni's gallery show "Green Flag Song" has received, the Lev Moross Gallery (962 North La Brea Avenue) has extended its duration until January 10, 2007. If you are in the Hollywood area, be sure and check it out!
 

Nov 28, 2006: November 28, 2006

For Joni fans in the Pittsburgh, PA area - On Saturday, December 2nd, a great line-up of local and out-of-town artists will gather at the area's newest home for live music, the Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse in Point Breeze, to pay tribute to a music icon who has had a major influence on their songwriting, Joni Mitchell. The show's title, "It's Comin' on Christmas..." ~ A Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert is a reference to Mitchell's song "River" from her classic "Blue" album. Featured will be local artists Brad Yoder, Heather Kropf and Clark Slater, and making their Pittsburgh debut will be Baltimore's Joanne Juskus and a duo from New Jersey called Folk By Association.

"This show is not the typical tribute show," reports producer Maree Gallagher of TR Creative Services, "It will not be a marathon of Joni covers, but rather a showcase of each artist's originals while incorporating a few of their favorite Joni songs.Each of these artists cite Joni as a major influence on their music, and the best way to demonstrate that influence is by sharing their own works."

The Make your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse, a cozy, non-smoking, vegetarian cafe, has been hosting live acoustic music once per month since May. Owners Hemi Braunstein and Amy Siebert, both Joni-philes themselves, are excited to host this special all ages show. "Admission is free, but tips are encouraged and go directly to the artists." remarked Braunstein. "We'll have our delicious food available by advance reservation and those over 21 are welcome to BYOB."

The concert runs from 5pm to 10pm and seating and space is limited, so Joni fans are encouraged to get there early. Starting things off will be emerging local artist Hayley, whose sound is a mix of Sarah McLachlan and Natalie Merchant, but whose writing is strongly influenced by Joni.

For more info, please contact the Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse, 412-365-2117.
 

Nov 15, 2006: November 15, 2006

Joni's legendary "Blue" album gets mentioned in the latest edition of Time Magazine's article ALL TIME 100 albums. The list, spanning the 50's forward, has some very interesting inclusions and exclusions. About Blue, it says "It's not deceptively simple, just simple. From the bare arrangements of acoustic guitar and piano with maybe a hint of dulcimer, to the lyrics "All I really want our love to do/ Is to bring out the best in me/ and in you, too". Mitchell whittles her journal entries and melodies down with poetic economy and relies on her falsetto to add the dramatic tension. Enjoyment depends entirely on your tolerance for sincerity, but even cynics concede the greatness of lines like, "I could drink a case of you and still be on my feet."
 

Nov 9, 2006: November 9, 2006

Joni is among a group of artists to be inducted next year into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Organizers say that Joni is among four songwriters and 25 songs to be celebrated at a black-tie gala in Toronto on January 28. Classic songs to be inducted include Joni's "Help Me'' and "Big Yellow Taxi'' and Sylvia Tyson's "You Were on My Mind,'' recorded with her then-husband Ian Tyson.. More information can be found here.
 

Nov 6, 2006: November 6, 2006

A new look has been unveiled today! Based on many requests (remind me not to ask next time :-) the site has undergone a complete transformation. Not only is the look new, but a couple of other significant changes need to be noted. First, the search engine has been vastly improved. Now, "plain language" searches can be performed, such as "When is Joni going to release that new album?". Also, JMDL.com has been revived, and most of its content removed from JoniMitchell.com. As the official site, hindsight proves it best to stick with official content! The JMDL will feature many of its original fan-related content. Endless thanks to Raffaele Malanga for his tireless work on the new site. It would have been simply impossible without him. Oh and by the way... Happy Birthday (tomorrow) Joni!
 

Oct 30, 2006: October 30, 2006

The Lev Moross Gallery is proud to present “Green Flag Song,” an exhibition of sixty new artworks by artist and musician Joni Mitchell. This is Mitchell’s first public showing of her artwork since her retrospective at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2000, and the first exhibition Mitchell has created on a single motif.

Best known as a vastly popular and influential singer and songwriter whose blend of folk, rock, jazz, and classical music helped to shape both, her own, and subsequent generations of musicians and audiences, Canadian-born Joni Mitchell has always been an artist. She attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary before moving to Toronto, and then the United States, to follow a musical career. Like other major musicians of our time (such as John Lennon, David Byrne, Miles Davis and Herb Alpert), Mitchell’s visual sensitivity informs her musical output, and vice versa. The exhibition “Green Flag Song,” with its ruminations on war, politics, and the power of images, is based in part on Mitchell’s 1985 song “The Beat of Black Wings,” but promises in turn to lead Mitchell to further musical, artistic, and even theatrical creation.

The sixty panels comprising “Green Flag Song” grew out of an experimental series of photographs Mitchell began taking about a year ago, photographs made with a camera and taken off of a malfunctioning television set. The images, transferred to canvas, are of current events, historical events, and fictional events – all of which interrelate both thematically (through war and ritual) and visually (through their green cast and negative reversal of light and shadow). Very different from Mitchell’s previous paintings of figures and landscapes, best known from their appearances on her album covers, the panels of “Green Flag Song” nevertheless continue to address major moral and political issues in a highly distinctive, personalized voice.

The current series grew out of Mitchell’s interaction with gallerist and printer Lev Moross, who has known Mitchell and done printing work for her for several years and with whom Mitchell has maintained a fruitful dialogue about contemporary art and life. “Green Flag Song” is to be the first of a number of such series, in which Mitchell intends to address a wide array of topics, from modern diplomacy to Shakespeare, and to expand upon her experimentations with various techniques. Most immediately, images from "Green Flag Song" will comprise the centerpiece of the decor for a ballet based on her music, choreographed by Jean Grand-Maitre for his Alberta Ballet Company, to premiere in Calgary on February 8th, 2007.

A catalogue to "Green Flag Song," with an essay by Peter Frank, accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase.

GREEN FLAG SONG
New Paintings at Lev Moross Gallery
November 10-December 18, 2006
962 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90038
(one block south of Santa Monica Boulevard)
(323) 512-0151
levmorossgallery.com
Regular Gallery hours: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday – Friday (10-5 Saturday)
 

Oct 29, 2006: October 29, 2006

Joni will be contributing some artwork to the "Art for the Arts - Inaugural Celebrity Art Auction" to benefit the Los Angeles Ballet. The event will be on November 9, 2006 at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California. The event, with Honorary Chair Anjelica Huston, will offer works by Joni and celebrity artists Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Crystal, Anjelica Huston, Gil Garcetti, Joel Grey, Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Martin Mull and Yoko Ono, among others. The auction will be conducted live by Santa Monica Auction House Auctioneer, Robert Berman. The evening will include fine food and wine, live music, and a first glimpse of Los Angeles Ballet! Tickets may be purchased at this link. For more information see the LA Ballet's website.
 

Oct 27, 2006: October 27, 2006

Author Dan Levitin wrote to let us know that he has a new book out entitled "This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" (Dutton, 2006). The book features an extensive discussion of Joni's tunings and her interaction with Jaco Pastorius. Joni's even read the sections that deal with her and she has approved!
 

Oct 25, 2006: October 25, 2006

Jeanette Campbell, the former owner of the MainPoint in Bryn Mawr (Philadelphia area) passed away last Friday. The MainPoint was the region's premiere showcase for singer/songwriters - a proving ground for artists such as Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Andersen, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, and many others. Jeanette and her husband ran the place for years until it closed down in the '80's. Joni played at the club in November of 1968, one of her last club dates before stardom propelled her into larger halls.
 

Oct 18, 2006: October 18, 2006

Lyrics to two early, unreleased songs written by Joni have recently surfaced. The two songs, "A Rambler, A Rover" and "Free Darling" were performed by Joni as early as 1965 back in Detroit. Thanks to those who were able to locate these for all to enjoy.
 

Oct 17, 2006: October 17, 2006

To celebrate the 63rd birthday of iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, Robin Adler and a specially assembled six-piece band will perform a night of Mitchell’s music spanning her thirty-plus year career. Mitchell’s music is presented chronologically in order to showcase the arc of her multi-phase career which ranged musically from folk to rock to jazz and will be performed against a backdrop of Mitchell’s artwork and photos of the artist. The show will be recorded for possible future CD release and will feature a stellar line-up of musicians:

Robin Adler, known in San Diego as primarily a jazz vocalist will be negotiating Joni’s challenging music in all its beauty and complexities, along with husband Dave Blackburn on guitars, vocals and percussion, Barnaby Finch (keyboardist for Tom Scott, George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Ronnie Laws) on keyboards and vocals, Roger Friend on drums and percussion, Paul Carman (ex-Frank Zappa sax man) on saxophone and 16-year old wunderkind Evan Stumpges on fretless bass.

Date: Saturday Nov 4th 2006
Time: 7pm
Venue: Dizzy’s, 344 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA.
All ages always welcome

More information about Robin Adler and Dave Blackburn can be found at Robin's website or by calling 760.723.1056.
 

Oct 10, 2006: October 10, 2006

In the recent interview with the Citizen, Joni disclosed the words to several songs she is working on for her latest album. Here is one, a piece she described as "a good poem for courage through tough times, a soldier's poem, really."

HOLY WAR

There's nothing on earth
As unholy as a war,
The rich sacrifice the poor.
If I had a heart I'd cry.
In fairy tales the good go to heaven
And the evil go to hell,
Ring the funeral bell.
If I had a heart I'd cry.
Holy earth, religion has failed us,
It failed to make us kind,
It spoke of light but kept us blind.
If I had a heart I'd cry.

 

Oct 9, 2006: October 9, 2006

Joni made an exciting revelation in her most recent interview in the Ottawa Citizen celebrating the anniversary of Hejira..."she revealed she's recording her first collection of new songs in nearly a decade."
You can read the full article in the library, and of course new details will be announced as they become known.
 

Oct 2, 2006: October 2, 2006

Those in the vicinity of Amherst, New York are in for a treat from January 11 through February 11, 2007. A poignant journey of life told through dance and the remarkable songs of Joni Mitchell, "Familiar Strangers" is a World Premiere theatrical presentation to be staged at the MusicalFare Theatre on the campus of Daemen College. You can find more information on the theater's website.
 

Sep 27, 2006: September 27, 2006

Joni was interviewed on Monday by the Ottawa Citizen, the largest newspaper in Canada's capital. The theme of the conversation was the 30th anniversary of the release of Hejira. The story will be published on October 8 in the Citizen's Sunday Arts and Books section.
 

Sep 13, 2006: September 13, 2006

Coffee House, the new cabaret series presented at New York City's Daryl Roth Theatre Complex's D-Lounge, will continue Sept. 26 with an evening celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell.

Among those scheduled to interpret the tunes of the famed singer-songwriter are Lisa Asher, Brandon Cutrell, Sarajean Devenport, Baby Jane Dexter, Tim DiPasqua, Michael Holland, Karen Mack, Liz McCartney and Rachel Ulanet. Show time is 7 PM.

Phil Geoffrey Bond will direct the concert, which will feature musical direction by Ray Fellman.

Joni Mitchell's numerous songs include "Both Sides Now," "Eastern Rain," "A Case of You," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," "All I Want," "River" and "Chelsea Morning."

Liz McCartney starred on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Taboo, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the short-lived musical Dance of the Vampires. She also spent nearly two years in the Boston production of Nunsense, and her regional credits include Paint Your Wagon, The Rocky Horror Show and Fifty Million Frenchmen. McCartney was recently seen Off-Broadway in the musical Bingo.

The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 101 E. 15th Street. There is a $10 cover charge and a two-drink minimum for each evening. Call (212) 375-1110, ext. 3 for reservations or e-mail dloungeroth@aol.com.
 

Sep 7, 2006: September 7, 2006

Thirty-six years later, Joni still bemoans the paving of paradise - a Bloomberg story today details her activism in trying to stop the development of a $100 million industrial-rock mine on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.
 

Aug 27, 2006: August 27, 2006

The song "One For Joni" is included on Kenny Werner's latest Album, "Democracy", released on August 29. Brian Blade, drummer on two of Joni's albums and a member of her touring band, is also featured on drums. "One for Joni" is based, in part, on the opening figure from Joni Mitchell's song "Court and Spark".
 

Aug 24, 2006: August 24, 2006

According to a story in today's "Saskatoon Star Phoenix", a bronze mask of Joni Mitchell is missing, and a friend of the music icon hopes it can be returned.

The mask was made from a plaster mould of Mitchell's face in 1985 during the recording session for the fundraising song Tears Are Not Enough.
 

Aug 21, 2006: August 21, 2006

Veteran art director Ed Thrasher, who worked on hundreds of albums with such artists as Frank Sinatra and received 12 Grammy Award nominations, has died. He was 74. Ed did the art direction on Joni's first album, 'Song to a Seagull'.
 

Aug 4, 2006: August 4, 2006

Joni's songbook continues to be interpreted by various artists. Here are the latest announcements:

Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will duet with k.d.lang on "River" on her new release titled "Half A Perfect World".

Sarah McLachlan, who already has a cover of "Blue" to her credit, has announced that "River" will be included on her upcoming holiday album titled "Wintersong".

Jazz guitarist John Hart, having previously recorded a lovely Both Sides Now, has included a recording of "Help Me" on his latest release titled "Standards - Green and Blue". The recording features Joe Locke on vibes. Joe has recorded a number of Joni's songs with his band.
 

Jul 26, 2006: July 26, 2006

Joni's 1974 critical and popular masterpiece "Court and Spark" is the subject of a forthcoming book by Sean Nelson in Continuum Publishing's 33 & 1/3 series which spotlights classic albums. The book is not yet available but can be ordered through Amazon.com. The publication date is November 1st.
 

Jul 21, 2006: July 21, 2006

A new Dutch translation of selected lyrics by Joni titled "Onstuimig Indigo" has just been published. Translated by Huib Fens, this beautifully packaged bilingual clothbound hardcover edition of 264 pages is published by Wagner & Van Santen Poetry Publishers of the Netherlands. You can get more information (alas, only in Dutch) and see a picture of the cover here. The book can be ordered by email.
 

Jun 27, 2006: June 27, 2006

In stores today is "Rise", the latest release from Chris Thomas King, New Orleans blues guitarist. The album, which features mostly original songs that deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, also contains Chris' interpretation of Joni's classic "Big Yellow Taxi", undoubtedly for its refrain of "you don't know what you've got 'til its gone..."
 

Jun 19, 2006: June 19, 2006

Singer-Songwriter Vance Gilbert has announced on his website that his upcoming album "Angels, Castles, Covers" will contain a cover of Joni's standard "A Case Of You". The release date is set for August 22.
 

Jun 9, 2006: June 9, 2006

Available today on CDBaby is the latest CD from the Danish Joni Tribute group known as Big Yellow Taxi.

Samples and purchasing information available here. Titled "Unknown and Famous Songs of Joni Mitchell", it features many of Joni's best-known and most loved songs such as "Carey" and "A Case Of You", but also includes three tracks that Joni wrote but never released herself!

"Come To The Sunshine"
"Carnival In Kenora"
"The Way It Is" (written for the CBC-TV show of the same name)

Very exciting news for fans of Joni Mitchell...Joni may be retired, but her songs never take a day off!
 

May 30, 2006: May 30, 2006

If you're in the Encinitas, CA area - mark your calendar for 7:30 this Saturday, June 3 for "The Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - A House Concert by Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler.
Tickets $20; reservations required.

A House concert at the Encinitas home of sculptors T.J Dixon and Jim Nelson. A lovely salon setting surrounded by fine art and sculpture.

Only seating for 50 people.

Robin Adler-vocals; Dave Blackburn-guitars/percussion; Evan Stumpges-bass; Barnaby Finch-keyboards;Roger Friend-drums/percussion

Call 760-723-1056 or email robin@robinadler.com for ticket info
 

May 25, 2006: May 25, 2006

Joni makes the Top Ten in Paste Magazine's "100 Most Important Living Songwriters" in their latest issue. The full list:

1. Bob Dylan
2. Neil Young
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
5. Paul McCartney
6. Leonard Cohen
7. Brian Wilson
8. Elvis Costello
9. Joni Mitchell
10. Prince

 

May 15, 2006: May 15, 2006

Petrol Records in Australia have announced that their upcoming June release titled ROADTRIP: Road To Nowhere will contain a cover of Joni's Blue by Andy Gilbert.

The press release states:
"Are you ready for a taste of the open road? ROADTRIP: Road To Nowhere presents 12 of the most evocative pop and rock songs of all time, as you have never heard them before - re-imagined for today's adrenaline-fueled lifestyle."

An adrenaline-fueled cover of "Blue" should be quite interesting to say the least!
 

May 4, 2006: May 4, 2006

Joni makes the cover of Rolling Stone once again...along with many, many other cultural icons in the most recent Special Collector's Edition 1000th Issue.
 

May 1, 2006: May 1, 2006

The Storefront announced a second song list for its second production of 2006. Tales of Joni: The Storefront Sings Mitchell was presented on Sunday, April 30th at 7pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (61 Christopher St., in the heart of New York’s West Village).

The lineup of performers and songs for this performance:
Ensemble – "The Circle Game"
Michael Holland – "Conversation"
Baby Jane Dexter – "Two Grey Rooms"
Lisa Asher – "Raised on Robbery"
Tim DiPasqua – "Night in the City"
Ricky Ritzel – "Twisted"
Todd Almond & Pamela Bob – "You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio"
Karen Mack – "The Hissing of Summer Lawns"
Bobby Belfry – "California"
Brandon Cutrell – "The Priest"
Kate Pazakis – "River"
Brian Nash – "Last Time I Saw Richard"
Ensemble – "Both Sides Now"

 

Apr 25, 2006: April 25, 2006

The audio of Joni's talk at "An Earth Day Celebration with Joni Mitchell" at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on April 22, 2005 is now available online. Many thanks to Andrew Lawton (Chair, Environment and Natural Resources) of Commonwealth for providing us with this audio.
 

Apr 20, 2006: April 20, 2006

The Storefront has announced the song list for its second production of 2006. Tales of Joni: The Storefront Sings Mitchell will be presented on Sundays, April 23rd and 30th at 7pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (61 Christopher St., in the heart of New York’s West Village).

A stellar array of theatre and cabaret performers will present Mitchell’s work over the course of the two evenings.

The song list is as follows:

Ensemble – "The Circle Game"
Michael Holland – "A Strange Boy"
Sarajean Devenport – "All I Want"
Jeff Blumenkrantz – "My Old Man"
Suzanne Fiore – "A Case of You"
Baby Jane Dexter – "Be Cool"
Tim DiPasqua – "Woodstock"
Kate Pazakis – "River"
Rachel Ulanet – "California"
Nick Cearley – "Big Yellow Taxi"
Gabrielle Stravelli – "Woman of Heart & Mind"
Brandon Cutrell – "The Priest Song"
Liz McCartney – "Night Ride Home"
Jarrod Cafaro – "He Played Real Good For Free"
Ensemble – "Both Sides Now"

There is a $12 cover charge ($10 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online), as well as a two-drink minimum. Credit cards are accepted, and no one under 21 will be permitted. For reservations, please call 212.255.5438.
 

Apr 10, 2006: April 10, 2006

Henry Lewy passed away peacefully last Saturday, April 8th.

Henry worked on nearly every Joni Mitchell record from "Clouds" on, acting as a combination engineer/producer/listener, as well as on projects with singer-songwriters ranging from Leonard Cohen to Van Morrison to Stephen Bishop. He also had a long, colourful history in the Los Angeles studio scene working on projects by the Mamas and the Papas, Crosby Stills & Nash, and a slew of others. The German-born Lewy began his career in the music business in the early fifties, working as a combination disc jockey and engineer at stations in San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

There will be no funeral or memorial at his request.
 

Apr 6, 2006: April 6, 2006

Houston-area Joni fans have something to do this Saturday night, April 8th. Selia Qynn's Habitat House is hosting a tribute to Joni Mitchell featuring Selia Qynn, Connie Mims, Sandy Wells, Gary Taylor, John Lassen, Lloyd Ernstes, Sara Bleibe, Carolyn Wallace, Melissa Sambrooks, Donna Binkley, Mauri Cowen & Katy Callahan. The suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds go to the Post-Polio Health Organization. Things start off with an optional potluck supper at 6:30pm and the music gets started around 7:30pm. More information and directions can be found here.
 

Mar 29, 2006: March 29, 2006

Percussionist Don Alias died in his home on Tuesday, March 28th. Don played on Joni's albums "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter", "Shadows and Light", and "Mingus" as well as being a member of the touring band for the Shadows and Light tour in 1979.

Calling upon a wide variety of musical genres, Don Alias supplied the rhythmic foundation to such luminaries as George Benson, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Roberta Flack. In addition, he served as the long-time percussionist for saxophonist David Sanborn. Don's own band, Stone Alliance, has included players like Kenny Kirkland and Jan Hammer.

Alias' command of Afro-Cuban, Latin and other rhythms was unique in the jazz community. He was a master of the conga drum, and his kit includes many unique African instruments.

In lieu of sending flowers, the Alias family asks that donations be made to defray expenses. Please send to:

Mrs. Violet Richardson-Alias
1380 University Avenue, 6F
Bronx, NY 10452

Don talked about his relationship with Joni in a 1999 interview with DigitalInterviews.com:

Q: You played with Joni Mitchell. What memories stand out?

Don: She had done the Mingus stuff, and somehow or another we got to be hanging out. I used to take her up to Harlem and up to the Bronx, to get the culture and the feeling. We're talking about an extremely prolific poet and songwriter and lyricist. That stuff comes off the top of her head. She will write exactly what she lives. If she puts some money in the soda machine, she'll write about putting money in the soda machine. "Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," on the Shadows & Light album, was about sitting next to a dry cleaner from Des Moines, playing a slot machine. She jumped into the Mingus project at that time. He asked her to recite T.S. Eliot over some of his music. He also found out that she was a songwriter, so he said, "Why don't you write lyrics to my music?" So she did that. Then when she was going out on tour, she got this band together -- Pat Metheny, Mike Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, myself, with The Persuasions, an acapella doo-wop group. What a band!

Q: She was really immersed in jazz music at that time?

Don: Oh, yeah. She wanted to have that element in her music. Of course, when she heard Jaco's music and met him, that floored her -- really grabbed her. She decided that Wayne Shorter was really conducive to her music. She would speak metaphorically about things. "I want this to sound like a taxicab driver, or a taxi in New York," or "I want this to sound like a telephone ringing." She would speak to musicians like that, and we really tuned into what she would want our music to be.
 

Mar 21, 2006: March 21, 2006

Joni's writing songs again?? Although you can't believe everything you read, the latest news from the Edmonton Sun sounds hopeful. While interviewing Joni "she said she had retired and wasn't recording anymore. But she had found herself writing again, and had three new songs. She'll consider recording again..." Keep your fingers crossed!
 

Mar 15, 2006: March 15, 2006

The Mendel Art Gallery of Saskatoon presents:
The Amazing Childhood of Joni Mitchell
March 17 to May 22, 2006

As part of the Mendel Art Gallery’s Naked City series, The Amazing Childhood of Joni Mitchell is presented in celebration of Saskatoon’s centenary, and in conjunction with COOLART ‘06 (formerly School Art), the Gallery’s annual showcase of artwork produced in local schools by Saskatoon's creative youth. This special collection of photographs, drawings, writings and other memorabilia, on loan from Myrtle and Bill Anderson, provides an intimate glimpse into the formative years and childhood imagination of their world-famous daughter, the legendary musician, songwriter, poet and visual artist Joni Mitchell.

Joni was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort McLeod, Alberta, but grew up in Saskatchewan. Her parents moved around a lot, living in Creelman, Maidstone and North Battleford, before settling in Saskatoon when she was eleven years old. Joni proudly considers Saskatoon her hometown.

This exhibition documents Joni’s youth from infancy to high school years, and derives from a scrapbook lovingly compiled by Myrtle Anderson and titled The Life and Times of Roberta Joan Anderson. Myrtle, a teacher who taught grades one through eight in a one-room rural schoolhouse, describes her young daughter as having been "precocious, strong-minded, always talking and busy, busy, busy." For Anne Bayan, Joni’s long-time childhood friend, "she was a force of nature... magnetic, daring and inventive."

The sources of Joni’s numerous artistic and creative adult accomplishments may be found in some indissoluble blend of the effects of ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’. As for early influences, she was an only child, and her supportive parents provided her with many opportunities. Starting with a small blackboard as a gift for her second birthday, Myrtle made sure her daughter had art supplies and even let her paint a tree on her bedroom wall. Joni’s friends and peers recognized her talent for drawing, and, as she had an early predilection for music, which may have been inherited from both of her grandmothers, she was given piano lessons at age seven. The Andersons also thought it important that Joni experience the world beyond Saskatchewan and took vacations in the United States, where she saw the Lewis and Clark Caverns and a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Like all children, she enjoyed playing dress-up and making angels in the snow. Her father, Bill, a grocer who played the trumpet, made a bowling alley in the basement of their home, and she became an excellent bowler, playing on a team and winning several trophies.

Outside of her parents, there were other important influences. Playmates Frankie McKitrick and Peter Armstrong shared their passion for music and she was fortunate in grade seven, at Queen Elizabeth Public School, to have had an exceptionally responsive teacher named Arthur Kratzman. His advice to her was to "write and paint in your own blood." But perhaps the most profound experience that shaped Joni’s creative sensibility occurred when she was hospitalized with polio at age nine. She states, "Polio probably did me good.... I drew like crazy and sang Christmas carols to the other patients.... The creative process was an urgency...a survival instinct.... I believe convalescence in bed develops a strong inner life in a young child. I think it solidified me as an independent thinker. Nietzche was a convalescent."

The creative impulse is a quintessential attribute of all children, who have an honest sensitivity to, and unbridled curiosity about the world around them. In early childhood there is an easy, natural commerce among expressive media – singing, dancing, role playing, drawing – which develops out of personal experience and serves as a natural means for working out various potent themes in a child’s life. As adults, we can learn much from the depth of perception and emotional honesty expressed in the imaginative play of children, which for many people seems to progressively wane as they grow older.

This exhibition suggests that the interdisciplinary relationship between music, poetry and visual art that is fundamental to Joni Mitchell’s unique genius had its impetus in the artist’s childhood, reinforcing a theory posited by Edith Cobb (The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood), that adult creativity is built upon a childhood sense of self and world. Although childhood is so short-lived in terms of time, it is lasting in impact and memory. As Joni herself states, "you carry your childhood with you.... When the spirit of child's play enters into the creative process, it's a wonderful force and something to be nurtured."

The Mendel Art Gallery is delighted to be working with Joni Mitchell on the creation of "The Joni Mitchell Café", as part of the plans for an expanded facility. This unique, multi-sensory space of image, word and sound will celebrate the creative spirit through the telling of Joni’s story, and provide a pilgrimage destination for her many fans around the world.

–Terry Graff, Executive Director & CEO

Seventy-Seven Signs Ltd. & Mastergraph Inc. are gratefully acknowledged as exhibition sponsor for The Amazing Childhood of Joni Mitchell.

Mendel Art Gallery
PO Box 569
950 Spadina Cres. E
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 3L6
306.975.7612
www.mendel.ca
 

Mar 10, 2006: March 10, 2006

Dave Blackburn and Robin Adler have a few dates planned for "The Songs of Joni Mitchell", their musical tribute to Joni. Be sure to catch them if you are in the California area!

April 1: Skye at Night, Idyllwild, CA
April 20: Hot Monkey Love Cafe, San Diego, CA 619.582.5908
June 3: House concert, Encinitas, CA 760.723.1056
November 4: Dizzys, San Diego, CA
 

Mar 9, 2006: March 9, 2006

British artist Ian Shaw’s new studio album, "Drawn to All Things, The Songs of Joni Mitchell" is currently being mastered and is due for release in April on Linn Records. Featuring guest contributions from Claire Martin, Guy Barker, Nigel Hitchcock, Lea De Laria and Jim Mullen, this collection of Joni songs produced by Richard Cottle showcases Ian's long-term devotion to Joni's compositions.

Tracklist: Jericho, Moon at the Window, Night in the City, Edith and the Kingpin, Harlem in Havana, A Case of You, Barangrill, Chelsea Morning, Love or Money, Talk to Me, River, Night Ride Home, Both Sides Now and Stay In Touch.

A concert to celebrate this new release will be held at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on April 15th, with Ian, his band, and a host of special guests from the international jazz world.
 

Feb 14, 2006: February 14, 2006

Rosanna Arquette's movie entitled 'All We Are Saying' will be featured on the cable channel 'Showtime' in the USA on March 8. Arquette, a self-professed lover of real music musicians sets out to find out how rockers balance their lives with art, their opinions on today's music and who inspires them. Artists, including Stevie Nicks, Sting, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, and Joni Mitchell, provide all the answers. The movie will also be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April. (Thanks to Sarah Roane for alerting us to this information)
 

Feb 2, 2006: February 2, 2006

Patrick Leader's report on the Tribute to Joni Mitchell at Carnegie Hall is now on-line. Thanks to Patrick for his prompt recap of the event!
 

Jan 26, 2006: January 26, 2006

The line-up for the Carnegie Hall Tribute seems to change daily. Currently, here's the list of performers from the event's website: Laurie Anderson, Assembly of Dust featuring Sonya Kitchell, Don Byron, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Cowboy Junkies, eels, Bebel Gilberto, Amy Grant, Richie Havens, Bettye LaVette, Jesse Malin, Nellie McKay, Me’shell NdegéOcello, Pharaoh's Daughter, Tom Rush, Jimmy Scott, Neil Sedaka, Martin Sexton, Joanne Shenandoah, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), and The Wood Brothers.

Kay Ashley reports that because of a booking mishap, the Night In The City benefit concert at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City won't start until midnight on Thursday, February 2. She's been assured that the musicians can play late into the night, so there's no time pressure on the back end of things.

Check Kay's website for the current list of confirmed performers.
 

Jan 25, 2006: January 25, 2006

Jill Linn spotted a gem on the Mendel Art Gallery's website:

Naked City: The Amazing Childhood of Joni Mitchell.
March 17 to May 22, 2006

In recognition of the Saskatoon centenary, the Mendel Art Gallery proposes a series of events, exhibitions, performances, lectures and artists' projects that expose the "underbelly of the city" and the "unofficial" history of Saskatoon, its secrets, its celebrities, its hopes and dreams. Naked City will also explore the role of art in expanding our ideas around sustainability and urban living.

"Layer One: City of Curiosities" will include Myrtle Anderson's childhood memorabilia of her daughter, Joni Mitchell.
 

Jan 23, 2006: January 23, 2006

Kay Ashley has announced a special event on the night following the Carnegie Hall Tribute:

NIGHT IN THE CITY:

An Evening of the Music of Joni Mitchell Benefitting the Musicians of New Orleans

Thursday, February 2, 2006
11:00 pm -- Late
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York City
212.477.4155
F train to 2nd Ave, exit at 1st Ave & Allen NO COVER -- we'll pass the bucket for donations to Katrina's Piano Fund

Here's the almost-final line-up, in alpha order, subject to last-minute changes:
Kay Ashley, Joy Askew, Denise Barbarita, Donna Binkley, Cari Cole, Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, Jenny Goodspeed, David Lahm, Victoria Lavington, Nikki O'Neill, Michael Paz, Lisa Roma, Aviv Roth, Ari Scott, Lynn Skinner, Allison Tartalia, Bryan Thomas, Justin Tracy, Gary Zack.

Unconfirmed: Chris Coccaro, Alison Einerson, Chuck Eisenhardt, and possibly other special guests...
 

Jan 21, 2006: January 21, 2006

The New JoniMitchell.com quietly went live today, culminating a more than 3 month transition. Within 24-48 hours, the domain servers across the globe will point to the new site. Endless thanks to Raffaele Malanga, Jamie Zubairi, Bryan Taulbee and countless others who helped with the transition.

With bittersweet feelings I also annouce that the JMDL website as we have known it will soon cease to be. Rather than try to maintain 2 good websites, I'm merging both together into one great site - as JoniMitchell.com. Nothing has been lost from either site, only made better.
 

Jan 20, 2006: January 20, 2006

Discouraging news from Joni's management regarding the Carnegie Hall Tribute: "Unfortunately, Joni will not be attending the event and neither will any of our staff. " Maybe she'll have a last-minute change of heart.
 

Jan 16, 2006: January 16, 2006

Canadian TV viewers have something to look forward to!

Shakin' All Over -­ Canadian Pop Music in the 1960's
On CBC Television, Monday, January 30 at 8 P.M.

The flower-power decade gave the world a wealth of great music, from England's mods to America's psychedelic rockers. But the hippie era also gave us cool sounds from the Great White North. It started with the folk music of Ian & Sylvia and the rhythm 'n' blues of Ronnie Hawkins and quickly evolved into a sonic revolution, as literally hundreds of bands and singer-songwriters from coast to coast began making noise. Shakin' All Over captures all of those freewheeling sounds, from such legendary stars as Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Neil Young, Anne Murray and The Band to cult heroes like David Wiffen, The Collectors and Mashmakhan. The two-hour special airs on CBC Television, Monday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.

Shakin' All Over takes viewers on a trip back in time to Vancouver's 4th Avenue, Winnipeg's community centres, Montreal's dance halls and the clubs and coffeehouses that sprang up along Toronto's Yorkville and Yonge Street. There, in the absence of a music industry, a brave new sound began to emerge. The special is full of candid interviews with more than 60 iconic figures like Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn, who offer illuminating stories about each other. And, the show features an abundance of rare performance clips from the period, from Early Morning Rain to Oh What a Feeling.

But Shakin' All Over also features some of Canada's brightest younger stars, including Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Harmer, who pay tribute to the period. Hawksley Workman tells of being inspired by Ian Tyson, who wrote his first song, Four Strong Winds, after hearing "this punk named Dylan." Matthew Good fondly remembers cranking the volume on Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride. And Sloan's Jay Ferguson draws a connection between the Canadian bands of the '60s and current garage-rock favourites. Said Ferguson: "If you listen to records by The Ugly Ducklings or The Great Scots, they could almost be a hit in this day, because it's so contemporary with the revival of that sound by The White Stripes and The Hives."

Along with vintage archival footage from a variety of sources, including the CBC, Shakin' All Over mines contemporary material to present recent covers of classic Canadian songs, including Diana Krall's spellbinding performance of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You and Margo Timmins' and Tom Cochrane's stunning rendition of The Guess Who's American Woman. This is a music lover's dream: a TV show with non-stop performances, including more than 60 classic songs.

Shakin' All Over is based on the book Before the Gold Rush - Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound by Nicholas Jennings. Directed by Gary McGroarty, and produced by Nick Orchard, Randolph Eustace-Walden and Pierre L. Touchette. Executive producer is Luc Châtelain. Produced by Soapbox Productions and Amérimage-Spectra.
 

Jan 14, 2006: January 14, 2006

Recently spotted on Cassandra Wilson's website:

"Early November 2005, worked on a Joni Mitchell Tribute project for Nonesuch records. Brandon Ross, Kenny Davis, Gregoire Maret, and Jeffrey Haines. These guys are my family. We spent two days together at Allaire Studios in Shokan. The leaves had completely turned before and fell the day after we recorded. For The Roses was well worth the wait. I used to do it back in the '80's and could not remember the tuning. But have no fear, the guitar god is here. Thanks, Brandon."

No other information about it at this time!
 

Jan 11, 2006: January 11, 2006

Our good friend and watchdog Julius Mills reports that, according to Carnegie Hall's on-line ticket office, all tickets are gone for the upcoming tribute. It looks like Joni's sold out another event!
 

Jan 6, 2006: January 6, 2006

Paste Magazine "confirms" today that Alison Krauss and Joan Osborne have been added to the Carnegie Hall Tribute. No verification as of yet on the official event site.
 

Jan 2, 2006: January 2, 2006

A few changes have been made to the list of artists who'll perform at the Carnegie Hall tribute on February 1st. Most importantly, Shawn Colvin has been added! The current list of artists is as follows:

Laurie Anderson, Keren Ann, Joseph Arthur, Assembly of Dust featuring Sonya Kitchell, Tracy Chapman, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Cowboy Junkies, eels, Bebel Gilberto, Amy Grant, La India, Bettye LaVette, Me'shell N'degeocello, Jimmy Scott, Neil Sedaka, Joanne Shenandoah, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), and The Wood Brothers.
 

Dec 31, 2005: December 31, 2005

Josh Schurr has some year-end Joni news for us from New York City:
88.5 WXPN, a big East Coast radio station had a week long countdown that named the 885 Greatest Albums of All Time. Each album was voted in by the listeners, so we really get to see what the people think. Joni had 8 albums on the list. Here's the order she came in from the top down:

13 Blue
44 Court and Spark
88 Hejira
221 Ladies Of The Canyon
387 Miles Of Aisles
397 For The Roses
458 Hissing Of Summer Lawns
594 Clouds

Three albums in the top 100 out of 885 is pretty impressive, especially having Blue at #13 (although I thought it should have been #1). This countdown shows how listeners feel about Joni. All in all, I think it was a fairly good order, except For the Roses and Miles and Aisles deserve to be furthur up on the list.
 

Dec 14, 2005: December 14, 2005

Joni will be the subject of another tribute in February of 2006! Check out the tentative stars who may show up - this list from the event's website:

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006: The Music of Joni Mitchell at Carnegie Hall

Please join us for this rare evening. 20+ TRIBUTE PERFORMANCES Partial list of participating artists (NOT CONFIRMED and Subject to change): Laurie Anderson, Keren Ann, Joseph Arthur, Tracy Chapman, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, Cowboy Junkies, eels, Ben Folds, Bebel Gilberto, Amy Grant, La India, Joe Jackson, Bettye LeVette, Matisyahu, Michelle N'degeocello, Jimmy Scott, Neil Sedaka, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), & Surprise Guests

6:30pm VIP Artist Reception, 8:00pm Concert

Tickets:
$225 - VIP Seats & Artist Reception
$100 - Prime Box Seats or Prime Orchestra Seats
$75 - Side Box Seats or Orchestra Seats
$58 - Dress Circle Seats
$42 - Balcony Center Seats
$30 - Balcony Side Seats
Tickets are available at Carnegie Hall's box office

Sponsor Packages
Sponsorships and host packages available: contact Michael Dorf, Producer.
HOST PACKAGE: includes name in program and 10 VIP Tickets - $5000
PATRON PACKAGE: includes bigger name in marketing materials and 15 VIP Tickets - $10,000
PRESENTER PACKAGE: includes name in title, stage mention, and 20 VIP Tickets - $25,000

This concert is a benefit for The Music for Youth Foundation, a non-profit initiative with two primary missions: To identify, fund and lend our experience to innovative programs that make quality music education available to young people, AND to create scholarship opportunities for exceptionally talented youth who choose to make music their life's work, thereby helping to sustain the next generation of artists and teachers.
 

Dec 8, 2005: December 8, 2005

Jazz pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber mentioned Joni in a recent interview with Andrea Canter. A native of suburban Chicago, Barber was genetically predispositioned to follow the jazz life; her father, Floyd "Shim" Barber, played sax with Glen Miller. Studying psychology and classical music at the University of Iowa, she switched to jazz, later moving back to Chicago and literally launching her career in 1984 with a standing engagement (5 nights per week) at the famed Gold Star Sardine Bar.

Patricia has since gained a critical and cult following, and released numerous albums. Of her album called "Verse", Patricia makes this comment in the interview:

"Verse is about songwriting," says Barber, "and about trying to create new material within both a narrow and broad construction of what vocal jazz is now. I have been diligent about trying to learn from, absorb, and acknowledge the great American songwriters whose songs have been appropriated as repertoire by the jazz masters... I was hearing the songs in my head had more to do with the guitar than the piano. In a loose way, Verse is a Patricia Barber homage to Joni Mitchell."
 

Dec 7, 2005: December 7, 2005

Andrew Lawton sent me an email today:

Greetings JMDL,
Here is a very special holiday treat for the JMDL community.

On Earth Day of this year, I had the rare pleasure of hosting Joni as a speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California, where she spoke to a sold-out audience of around 400.

The audio of her speech has been posted on the Club's website.

I know that you and the rest of the JMDL community will enjoy this recording. I am working on posting a text transcription and will alert you when it is available. It is possible that the Club may broadcast this recording via public radio on or around Earth Day 2007, but this would depend on the level of interest that the program generates on-line, so I urge all JMDL members to spead the word, and point as many people to the Club's website as possible.

Keep up the good work!

Regards,
Andrew Lawton
San Francisco, CA

 

Nov 7, 2005: November 7, 2005

Happy 62nd Joni! This year's card was done by Frank Garwood of Southern California and personally delivered to Joni. Frank chose a southwest theme. If you look real close you can see (in translucent) "A Journey Taken" also the word Environment. The highway is the front of the card and the Indian styled art is on the back. Black Ink medium, with color.

The inside of the card says:
Happy Birthday Joni
From the internet commmunity at JoniMitchell.com
Thank you for being an inspiration to us all in so many ways
 

Oct 25, 2005: October 25, 2005

JoniMitchell.com has officially begun a transition. Jim Johanson has decided to pursue other opportunities and will be handing over the reigns to Les Irvin. This site is an enormous resource with mountains of data, so the transition will not be quick. While the look of the site will dramatically change, Les will attempt to maintain the spirit that Wally and Jim have given to the site in the past decade. Look for JoniMitchell.com and JMDL.com to begin sharing resources, and for the two sites to become a one-stop (two-stop?) avenue for all things Joni.
 

Apr 26, 2005: April 26, 2005

Songs of a Prairie Girl is the title of Joni's latest retrospective CD, due in stores today. The CD is Joni's contribution to centennial celebrations in her childhood home of Saskatchewan. Last week, the Canadian Press reported that she'll be headed for Saskatoon in May to take part in the Centennial Gala, but apparently she wanted to do something more than just make an appearance.

In an interview with CTV's "Canada AM," Joni elaborated on some of her motivations for the CD release: "Saskatchewan is having its centennial celebration, and... I'm retired basically, so they had wanted me to perform, and I thought, well, I don't do that anymore, I'm a painter now, so what I'll do is I'll see if Rhino Records will put out a compilation of material that is either inspired or is directly addressing my childhood, you know, songs about the prairie in one way or another..."

"You carry your childhood with you regardless of who you are," she said. "Saskatchewan is in my veins." The music on Songs of a Prairie Girl certainly bear out those statements. She's chosen songs ranging from her earliest compositions ("Urge For Going," the song she's called her "only protest song... a protest against winter") to her latest ("Harlem In Havana"). The CD illustrates how the Canadian prairie has been close to Joni's heart throughout her life.

Warner Strategic Marketing's press release tells us that she's been "very hands-on in terms of track selection, sequencing, mastering and artwork," (as was the case with last year's Dreamland); the result is a lot more personal than your average "greatest hits" package. Long-time fans are sure to be interested in the 2004 update of "Paprika Plains," originally on Joni's groundbreaking Don Juan's Reckless Daughter. Many Joniphiles will recognize Joel Bernstein's cover photo as part of the series from which the cover art of Joni's classic Hejira is taken.

Joni's been a little more visible lately in the days leading up to the CD release. In addition to the CTV interview, she appeared at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club to give an Earth Day speech on the 22nd, telling the audience that to be a nature lover right now is to be in "terrible pain." Probably the most surprising recent Joni comment, though, comes to us courtesy of writer Nancy Alspaugh, who, in her new photo-essay book "Fearless Women" tells us Joni said that as far as lovers go, James Taylor "was the best. Just the best." I haven't seen the book, but the photos of Joni and others holding Camelot-style swords should be interesting as well.
 

Feb 21, 2005: February 21, 2005

Joni's at Starbucks:You can now get a slice of Joni at coffee conglomerate Starbucks when you stop in for your Venti Chocolate Brownie frappuccino; two compilation CD's, released last week, both offer interesting insights.

First up, we're invited to "Spend an hour with Joni Mitchell's record collection." The Joni Mitchell Artist's Choice™ CD ($14.95) is a collection of songs Joni cites as being those which have had the most impact on her. Long time fans will find many of the artists they expect to find on this CD, of course, but others who haven't heard Joni talk about her musical influences may be surprised at the contents. In any case, there's a wide variety of fine music to be heard here; Joni even includes one of her own songs, the wonderful "Harlem in Havana." Here's what you'll find on the CD:

    1. "Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque," Philippe Entremont
    2. "Subtle Lament," Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    3. "Solitude," Billie Holiday
    4. "It Never Entered My Mind," Miles Davis
    5. "Jeep's Blues," Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    6. "Harlem In Havana," Joni Mitchell
    7. "Saturday Night Fish Fry," Louis Jordan
    8. "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry
    9. "Third World Man," Steely Dan
    10. "Night Bird," Deep Forest
    11. "The First Twilight," Deep Forest
    12. "Les Trois Cloches (The Three Bells)," Edith Piaf
    13. "At Last," Etta James
    14. "Lonely Avenue," Ray Charles
    15. "Trouble Man," Marvin Gaye
    16. "Sweetheart Like You," Bob Dylan
    17. "Stories Of The Street," Leonard Cohen
    18. "You Get What You Give," New Radicals

The second disk, Songs Chosen By Her Friends & Fellow Musicians, is a collection of Joni's music chosen by a variety of artists. I suppose many of us might have other artists we would have liked to have seen selections from in addition to the ones represented (Wayne Shorter? James Taylor?), but it's still an interesting cross-section of well-known artists, and a satisfying variety of Joni's music. This disk, priced at $12.95, contains the following songs, culled from mostly early to mid-points in her career:

    1. "For Free," Selected by David Crosby
    2. "A Case of You," Selected by Prince
    3. "Free Man in Paris," Selected by Bob Dylan
    4. "For the Roses," Selected by Elvis Costello
    5. "Coyote," Selected by Robbie Robertson
    6. "Raised on Robbery," Selected by Robbie Robertson
    7. "Blue," Selected by Graham Nash
    8. "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," Selected by Donald Fagen
    9. "A Strange Boy," Selected by Seal
    10. "Black Crow," Selected by k.d. lang
    11. "God Must Be A Boogie Man," Selected by Walter Becker
    12. "Two Grey Rooms," Selected by Chaka Khan
    13. "Both Sides Now" (orchestral version), Selected by Herbie Hancock

Both CD's are hopefully available at your local Starbucks (I say hopefully because two of the Starbucks I checked didn't have them), or online at their website.
 

Nov 7, 2004: November 7, 2004

Happy Birthday Joni -- Those eyes have always been one of her most striking features, so this year we've sent Joni a birthday card that looks back at her! The card has a blue tint to it, similar to the classic album cover, but lighter. And the gaze here is directed outwards. Have a look…
 

Nov 2, 2004: November 2, 2004

"Elvis Costello Interviews Joni Mitchell" is the headline on the front cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair, and that's essentially what it is. But Elvis' "Joni's Last Waltz?" interview strikes me as being a bit more than that. Elvis segues into a conversation with Joni after weaving a short history of Joni's musical career together with telling us a personal story of how Joni's music has been a part of his experience from her first album, given to him as a gift by his father. The fact that one respected songwriter is talking with another gives the interview an extra dimension, covering a wide range of topics: Among other subjects, Joni discusses her songwriting as well as the songwriting of others, the perils of commercial acceptance, and her post-retirement retrospectives The Beginning of Survival and Dreamland. And as always, there are a few surprising comments. One that I find interesting is Joni's remark that "I can't remember anything I ever wrote." It's quite a shock to hear her say something like that when you consider the fact that so many other people know her songs inside out!
 

Sep 21, 2004: September 21, 2004

The most complete chronology of Joni's appearances is here! Thanks to exhaustive research by Simon Montgomery (with contributions and assistance from Joni's photographer and pal Joel Bernstein), you'll find the most comprehensive and accurate record of Joni's public appearances to be found anywhere. Thanks also to Les Irvin, who took this mountain of information and formatted it for the Web. It's easy to navigate, and completely searchable. Joni history buffs are going to love this!
 

Sep 12, 2004: September 12, 2004

Rhino's new Dreamland E-Card is well worth a look. In addition to Joni's paintings (some of which you may not have seen), the E-Card also has links that will enable you to hear much of the CD, or let you forward the card to a friend. You may have already noticed the link on JoniMitchell.com's entry page, but I thought I'd post it again here in case you missed it.
 

Sep 10, 2004: September 10, 2004

Thanks to everybody who entered the Dreamland giveaway -- we've got winners from the US to Australia! Many thanks also to WB for supplying me with some extra prizes, since the response was bigger than anybody expected -- in addition to the promo CD's, I get to give away some posters too. Nobody has long to wait, whether or not they won the drawing; Dreamland arrives in your local store and your online stores (such as Amazon) on September 14.
 

Sep 6, 2004: September 6, 2004

"An art born of pain, an artist in happy exile" is the title of a wonderful feature article in the Los Angeles Times that was in yesterday's newspaper and is appearing online with their "Calendar Live" songwriters series. Equal parts history and interview, it's a revealing snapshot of a contented post-retirement Joni today. The story covers a wide range of topics: early inspirations, influences and opinions ("I thought 'Both Sides Now' was a failure," Joni says), her creative process, her rocky relationship with the music industry and her take on the current pop world are just a few of topics Joni talks about. "I'm so happy," Joni tells writer Robert Hilburn, speaking of life since retirement from the music biz. In addition, there's a multimedia feature with photos, music and interview excerpts.

Interviews with Joni are few and far between these days; this one is like paying a visit to a friend to talk about old times and catch up. I think Joniphiles will love reading it.

I wish I could reprint the article here, but I think there would be some ruffled feathers at the newspaper! The stories in the "Calendar Live" series are only available by subscription; if you're not interested in subscribing to the newspaper, you can subscribe to "Calendar Live" online for $4.95/month. If you're only interested in the Joni story, you might want to take advantage of a 14-day free trial. If you do this you'll have to give them a credit card number, but you won't get billed if you remember to call them to cancel 14 days later (888 448-5959).
 

Aug 12, 2004: August 12, 2004

Joni's retrospective CD Dreamland is due for release on September 14. Following are a few excerpts from today's press release:
"Curated with Mitchell and featuring several of her new paintings as well as liner notes from noted film director and journalist Cameron Crowe, DREAMLAND includes 17 tracks and their complete lyrics together for the first time in one place.

...Crowe was approached to write the liner notes that accompany the CD and submitted a wonderfully eloquent and insightful essay framing the history of Joni's work and Joni herself.

DREAMLAND includes songs from every phase of Joni's amazing repertoire. From the earliest days of Ladies Of The Canyon to the emotional intensity of Blue; from the romantic song cycle of Court And Spark to the pioneering days of sampling on The Hissing Of Summer Lawns and her jazz journeys on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and Mingus; from the Grammy-winning Pop Album of the Year Turbulent Indigo to Joni's orchestral explorations of her own work on Both Sides Now and Travelogue, Mitchell is a seminal artist who continues to push the boundaries of both music and society."

A few words from Cameron Crowe are included with the press release: "Like her painting, like her songs, like her life. Joni Mitchell has never settled for the easy answers; it's the big questions that she's still exploring, like no one else, whether it's with a paintbrush, a guitar, a ukulele."

This is a great collection for Joniphiles who want to listen to her best-known music without having to sift through a stack of CD's to find it, or as an introduction to Joni's music for the uninitiated. The uplifting, introspective and familiar music on Dreamland works wonderfully as a contrast to the serious and challenging selections on The Beginning of Survival; the pair of CD's show different sides of Joni and serve as fine companions. And as always, the package doubles as a gallery of her latest paintings.

Although Rhino.com is sure to have information on the CD available at their website, it isn't up just yet. I'd wait until the September release date gets a little closer before checking with them.
 

Aug 2, 2004: August 2, 2004

Joni's doing a live radio interview tomorrow, Tuesday August 3, on Los Angeles station KPFK. The interview is scheduled to air at 4 PM PST. According to Producer/Host Aura Bogado, this will be Joni's only radio interview, so try to catch it if you can! If you're in KPFK's Southern California broadcast area, you can tune the station in at 90.7FM; listeners in other areas can hear the interview on the station's website by clicking on their "Listen Live" link.
 

Jul 27, 2004: July 27, 2004

The elusive Joni interview: I wish I had more information to give you here, but I'll tell you what I know: Joni's to be interviewed by CNN on Thursday. Now I'll tell you what I don't know: when we'll get to see this interview is a mystery. There's been no word about when the interview will be aired, or about whether or not it will appear in print -- CNN hasn't responded to requests for more information. With luck, we'll know more about the interview before it has come and gone, but I wanted to put the word out so we can all watch for it.

Joni's CD The Beginning of Survival is due for release today. Her CD of "commentaries on the world in which we live" is a powerful, well-timed social statement that's every bit as effective right now as these songs were when the many albums the music comes from were initially released; the fact that the music is now all together in one spot increases the impact even more. "The time has come," says Joni, referring to the new CD. She's paid careful attention to song selection and order to make it a coherent, focused collection. Her reflections are also expressed here through her latest paintings, a new essay, and the moving "Chief Seattle" speech that regained prominence when referred to by Joseph Campbell in his famous "Power of Myth" conversation with Bill Moyers.

The recording industry is most likely to notice audience support in the days just after release -- I hope you'll pick it up today so these important songs reach as many new ears as possible.
 

Jul 19, 2004: July 19, 2004

Joni has a favor to ask of you.Joni and I talked for some time tonight about all of us getting a little "conspiracy" together for the release of The Beginning of Survival. How can you help? By purchasing the CD on July 27, the day it's due in stores. Tell your friends. Let's help Joni get her new CD onto the charts.

There's a very good reason for this: Joni wants to make sure that there are future collections as beautiful as this one's going to be. It's an unfortunate truth that how a CD sells when it first comes out can make or break an artist's chances for having a say on future releases. Joni doesn't want what she considers her best work to end up "in Geffen's basement." She wants to be sure that she can continue to give us releases with her latest paintings, more than just a disc inside a plastic box.

Joni's really happy with this CD. "When they see it, they'll love it, and they'll want to share it with people," she told me. "Buy two and hold on to one of them to give away as a Christmas present!" I promised her I would, of course, and hope you all will too.
 

Jun 10, 2004: June 10, 2004

Here's an interesting entry from Who mastermind Pete Townshend about Joni's Travelogue CD, from his May 23, 2004 diary entry on PeteTownshend.co.uk:
"I am listening to Joni Mitchells' CD called Travelogue. It is a revisit to her career with full orchestra. It is, quite simply, a quantum masterpiece. Joni is at the peak of her powers. Even her paintings seem to me to be especially revelatory gathered as they are in the sleeve. Someone told me last night, after The Who's show at Madison Square Garden, that she plans no more recording. If she never made another record, this one will stand as a testament not only to her work, but to the greatness of American Orchestral music. I hear Oliver Nelson, Aaron Copland, Edgar Meyer and even Thomas Newman in this work. But her arranger, under the guidance of her ex- husband Larry Klein - who could do nothing more to express his ongoing love and respect - is Vince Mendoza. This guy knows how to score, and someone certainly knows how to fix the right musicians."

I know it's not an uncommon occurrance, but I still love it when Joni gets her due from other well known musicians!
 

Jun 4, 2004: June 4, 2004

San Francisco Joni fans have a chance to enjoy a new interpretation of her music this month when American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory (YC) presents Ladies of the Canyon: The Music of Joni Mitchell. In an A.C.T. press release, Creator/Director Craig Slaight says "I was drawn to Joni Mitchell by her immense skills as a musician and poet ... her music is universal, ageless, and the perfect source for dramatic interpretation." The entire program is sung, solo and in ensemble, with each of the 24 songs in the show presented as a dramatic scene.

Ladies of the Canyon: The Music of Joni Mitchell is the latest production in YC's New Plays Program, which focuses on "creating theatrical explorations of the works of contemporary composers, with the goal of creating pieces that look at the world through youthful eyes." Earlier productions have been conceived around the music of Simon and Garfunkel, as well as around the music of Bob Dylan (the Bob Dylan show was also staged at the National Theatre in London).

With musical direction by Krista Wigle and music adaptation by Naomi Sanchez, the show opens June 5 and runs through June 19 at Zeum Theater, at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Tickets are available by calling 415.749.2228, online at the A.C.T. website, or at the door.
 

May 31, 2004: May 31, 2004

The Beginning of Survival is the title of Joni's latest anthology, due out July 27 on Geffen. Calling the CD "commentaries on the world in which we live," Joni focuses on songs from her 1985-1998 releases, serious and weighty subjects all: greed, hunger, corruption (just for starters). The material on this CD demonstrates the ongoing relevance and timelessness of Joni's exquisite songwriting, in this case when she's addressing subjects that we all wish weren't so timeless. The beauty of the music draws the listener into Joni's impassioned, sometimes outright angry lyrics.

In addition to the original artwork and song lyrics we always look forward to, Joni's written an essay for inclusion in the CD package. Also included is a reproduction of an inspiring circa-1850s speech by Chief Seattle. The CD title is taken from a translation of this speech; the Chief was speaking to address a proposed treaty under which the Indians were persuaded to sell two million acres of land to the US Government for $150,000. Reading any one of the many translations of Chief Seattle's letter 150 years on can be an eerie, unsettling experience.

A wide range of guest artists appear with Joni on The Beginning of Survival: Willie Nelson duets with Joni on her version of "Cool Water," originally by the Sons of the Pioneers, a group Joni has called one of her very early influences. Playing a fire-and-brimstone televangelist, actor Rod Steiger spikes "Tax-Free" with incendiary shouts as he feeds off his flock. Other guests include Wayne Shorter, Iron Eyes Cody, James Taylor and Don Henley.

Audiophiles are sure to enjoy the sound quality: the tracks have all been 96k/24-bit mastered from the original master tapes (for those of us lacking technical expertise, that means it's going to sound great).

This isn't going to be an easy CD to listen to. I think Joni's challenging us to look society's ills straight in the eye instead of running off in the other direction. If you're looking for the intimacy and warmth that's evident in so much of Joni's music, you should also pick up one of her other CDs, but don't miss The Beginning of Survival. Let these songs sink in.
 

Feb 10, 2004: February 10, 2004

Good news from the Grammies:Vince Mendoza picked up a Grammy award for his work on Joni's Travelogue Sunday night, in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) category. This award is given for arrangement work on one song or track; Mendoza's award is for his arrangement work on "Woodstock."

Court and Spark, the 1974 album that contains Joni's biggest chart hits, is in the Grammy news too these days. It's one of the 33 albums added by the Recording Academy to the Grammy Hall of Fame list. Court and Spark is Joni's second album on the list, the first being 1971's Blue, added to the Hall of Fame list four years ago. The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established in 1973 to honor recordings of "lasting qualitative or historical significance" that are at least 25 years old. 33 albums or singles were added this year, bringing the total to 639.

John Guerin's recent death adds a sad note to the Court and Spark news. Guerin, well-known as one of the most frequently recorded drummers of all time, has been heard with everyone from Joni to Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra to The Byrds, as well as on seemingly countless movie soundtracks and commercials. The drummer-producer's best known work is probably as a member of the popular jazz-informed group LA Express (Joni did the cover art for one of their four albums). Beginning with Court and Spark, Joni worked with LA Express through much of the seventies. During this time they recorded and toured extensively, performing some of her most praised (and best-selling) work; Guerin shared songwriting credits with Joni on the title song for The Hissing of Summer Lawns. He died suddenly on January 14 in Los Angeles from heart failure, aged 64.

Actor-singer-dancer John Kelly returns in New York next month with his third Joni show Get Up and Jive: Even More Songs of Joni Mitchell, opening at Fez in the Village on March 5. The multitalented artist's funny, empathic and evocative recreations of Joni have been a hit in venues across the US and UK since the 1984 Wigstock festival in NYC; Joni is among his many fans. Other works in Obie-winning Kelly's multifaceted career include transformations into Dagmar Onassis, artist Egon Schiele, composer Robert Schumann and transvestite trapeze artist Barbette. Get Up and Jive: Even More Songs of Joni Mitchell runs through March 27. A must-see.
 

Nov 7, 2003: November 7, 2003

Happy Birthday Joni!It's hard to believe, but Joni turns 60 today. As always, I've sent her a card from all her Web friends, illustrated by one of our own; this year, I was lucky to enlist the assistance of artist and writer Kurt von Behrmann, who's been a friend to JoniMitchell.com for many years (for a look at more of Kurt's art, visit the Paulina Miller Studio Gallery). Thanks to Kurt's creation and a verse suggestion from a Joniphile pal, we have another beautiful card that I hope Joni will enjoy. I got to speak with her on the phone briefly last night; I wished her many happy returns and told her we all miss her!
 

Sep 23, 2003: September 23, 2003

Joni's new box set The Complete Geffen Recordings arrives in stores today. Joni recorded four albums while with Geffen: Wild Things Run Fast in 1982, Dog Eat Dog in 1985, 1988's Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm and 1991's Night Ride Home. Each of the disks in this four-disk set offers one of the four albums in its entirety. There are three previously unheard tracks: an unreleased piano-and-vocal demo of "Good Friends," and demo versions of "Two Grey Rooms" and Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." An 88-page booklet features liner notes where Joni comments on the tracks. The booklet also includes rare photos from the the Dog Eat Dog and Night Ride Home sessions.

Compilation producer Mike Ragogna told ICE magazine recently that "We hardly did any remastering. In fact, these are basically flat transfers of the albums, since we found them in such good shape. We had the original master tapes, which have only been used once - when Mobile Fidelity licensed the Wild Things Run Fast album. Otherwise, these masters have never been touched."

The set is also available from online vendors such as CD Universe or Amazon.com. CD Universe has a better price.
 

Sep 16, 2003: September 16, 2003

Congratulations to the winnersof Joni's Shadows and Light DVD! And many thanks to everyone who entered -- the great response to the drawing is testimony to the fact that Joni has plenty of fans out there. I wish I had a roomful of these things so I could send one to everybody. At least the DVD is widely available from your local retailer, or from online merchants such as Amazon.com. No matter how you get it, a copy of Joni's Shadows and Light DVD is a lot more than a consolation prize.
 

Sep 3, 2003: September 3, 2003

Win a copy of Joni's Shadows and Light" DVD at JoniMitchell.com! I think most Joniphiles have seen this concert at least once. For many, once wasn't enough, and this performance has gone on to become one of her best loved live appearances. Here's a chance to pick up a free copy, compliments of Shout! Entertainment and jm.com. Enter the drawing by September 15.
 

Aug 9, 2003: August 9, 2003

Joni's made the top ten again, this time on a list in the July/August issue of Women Who Rock magazine. It's hard for any "best of" list to please everyone, but "100 Women Who Rocked the World" does a good job. The editors strive for a wider look at popular music of the 20th century for this list than many I've seen, acknowledging women from Ma Rainey (the original 1920's blues queen) to rap pioneers of recent times. Joni's #7 on the list, between Aretha Franklin and Patti Smith; one of Joni's own influences, Billie Holiday, is up at #2. Although Joni's usually not that big on the idea of any kind of female segregation in the music world, maybe she'd be happy to hear about this since it's a list created by other women to honor their peers.

In any event, it's good to see anything about Joni during a summer where it seems that the closest we come to hearing her on the radio with any frequency is Counting Crows' remake of "Big Yellow Taxi." Not that the remake is bad, but I still find myself thinking "Why can't they play the original once in a while?" Not part of the marketing plan, I suppose.
 

Jun 30, 2003: June 30, 2003

Joni Mitchell Lovers Rejoice! Shadows and Light is finally available on DVD! Joni's landmark concert video, performed with the support of musical giants such as bassist Jaco Pastorius, guitarist Pat Metheny and vocal group The Persuasions, has always been a favorite of Joni lovers (including myself). The new DVD, released last week by Shout! Factory, is a stunner. Enjoying this magical performance with breathtaking sound quality is an experience not to be missed (for you audiophiles, Shout! Factory bills it as "PCM Stereo with a 5.1 Dolby® Digital surround sound option"). Also not to be missed is the disk's 48-image Tour Diary featuring never-before seen photos by longtime JM friend and photographer Joel Bernstein. Joni and Joel went over hundreds of his photos in a marathon session recently that stretched into the wee hours; the included photos are Joni's personal selections.

For more information, check out the Shout! Factory website.

More DVD news: Woman of Heart and Mind, the highly-reviewed documentary broadcast earlier this year, was released on DVD by Eagle Vision in June. Besides additional footage, this disk has four bonus recordings taken from Joni's great 1998 concert release "Painting With Words and Music." Years in the making, it's another DVD Joniphiles won't want to be without.
 

Apr 2, 2003: April 2, 2003

U.S. viewers: Don't forget! Canada got the first look last month, but tonight's the U.S. premiere of Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind on the PBS American Masters series (check local listings for time). I had a chance to preview the show recently (many thanks to my good friend Simon Montgomery) and found a treasure trove of newly released photos, excerpts from many of her best loved songs as well as rare recordings of songs from early in her career, exclusive interviews with Joni and many others, all exhaustively researched and presented as a 90 minute program that's a joy to watch. I particulary enjoyed the Joni's-eye-view perspective that the film often imparts to viewers, an important factor that sometimes slips by unnoticed.

The American Masters site is beautifully put together, with a feature essay excerpted from NPR's classical music critic Tom Manoff's book Music: A Living Language; the essay, titled "Joni Mitchell's Stylistic Journey," is well worth reading. You'll also find plenty of video clips, an interview with filmmaker Susan Lacy and a timeline covering some of the high points in Joni's career.

I hope you're able to catch Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind tonight but if not, there's a link on the American Masters site to order a video of the show. I also expect that the program will be released on DVD soon; I'll let you know when a date is announced. Enjoy!
 

Mar 21, 2003: March 21, 2003

The Symphony Space presentation of "Wall to Wall Joni Mitchell" in New York tomorrow (3/21/03) celebrates Joni's music in an all-day marathon starting at 11AM tomorrow, a must see for New Yorkers. If you can't make to the performance, check it out on live on the WFUV website, or locally at 90.7 FM. A tentative schedule of performers is below (more info here).

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM:
Sylvia McNair
Introduction and Welcome
Clips from the Dick Cavett Show (8/16/69)
Laurie Anderson
Lauren Flanigan
Jason Moran
Lorinda Lisitza
Stretto
Lucy Kaplansky
Garland Jeffreys
Jane Ira Bloom
Morley
Helga Davis
Gail Ann Dorsey

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ivy Austin
Christine Lavin
Suzzy and Maggie Roche
Bob Holman
Sally Fingerett
Luciana Souza
David Krakauer
Theo Bleckmann
Dana Hanchard
Greg Tate

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Edie Carey
Anne Heaton
Elliott Sharp's Terraplane
Nora York
Melba Joyce
Carole Pope
Four Bags
Fred Hersch
Greg Osby
Tamar-kali
Julian Fleisher
Sussan Deyhim
Brandon Ross

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Mingus Big Band
Jenifer Jackson
Don Byron & Music for Six Musicians +1
Martha Wainwright
Marc Anthony Thompson
Ute Lemper

 

Mar 9, 2003: March 9, 2003

Two interesting articles appeared in the Canadian press this week to coincide with the CBC airing of Woman of Heart and Mind, Part One:

Martin Knelman's story from the March 2 issue of the Toronto Star contains a few comments from Joni; it's one of the few interviews I expect we'll be seeing that is related to the program release. As Joni says in the interview: "I'm not good with the press. I can't handle it. I tend to be too honest." At times, the article renders an unusual perspective, capturing the atmosphere in Joni's house as she moves from room to room.

In addition to discussing the film, which she considers "good storytelling," Joni voices opinions on the world we live in these days, and on the sorry state of music on the radio.

A fascinating behind-the-scenes interview with Peabody award-winning director and American Masters founder Susan Lacy also appeared this week, in which she describes her involvement with Woman of Heart and Mind. The Ottawa Sun article by Tony Atherton details some of the hurdles necessary to finish the film, clearing up questions about why the project took as long as it did. The story was reprinted in many newspapers across Canada.

Part Two of Woman of Heart and Mind airs on CBC Tuesday, March 11; the American Masters broadcast is scheduled to air in the US on April 2.
 

Feb 28, 2003: February 28, 2003

Exciting news -- Woman of Heart and Mind, the upcoming video documentary of Joni's life and career, is coming to a TV screen near you soon! Years in the making, this exhaustively researched documentary is essential viewing, featuring plenty of never-before-seen material. First peek goes to Canadian viewers, who have two dates to watch for: On Tuesday March 4, CBC will air Part One of the program on Life and Times; Part Two can be seen on March 11. The Life and Times site calls the program "a rare, intimate look at a multi-award winning musician who is as private and reflective as the lyrics for which she is celebrated," and I expect the show will fulfill those expectations for many Joni fans, old and new alike. CBC has also posted a few tantalizing video previews of the show -- I think they're incredible. I'm even more excited now than I was in the first place. Have a look.

The three Woman of Heart and Mind video previews from CBC:

1. Joni enters onto the "bad girls" trail
2. Graham Nash and Joni "get on"
3. Joni captures the spirit of Woodstock

U.S. viewers have to wait what to me seems like forever, until April 2, when PBS will air the entire program at once on American Masters (check local listings for times). I'm hoping airdates for other countries will be announced soon.

Crash!!! To those who may be worried about how long it's been since the last news post, Joni's fine, and JoniMitchell.com hasn't fallen off the edge of the earth. I was planning to take some time off around the holidays after Travelogue was released; I didn't realize my computer would decide to take an extended holiday of its own soon after I returned. Off to the repair shop it went, where finding the problem and repairing it took lots of time and money. Everything seems to be pretty much back to normal for now. Let's hope it doesn't happen again anytime soon -- what a pain!

Appreciation to the hundreds of concerned readers who've written in. I suppose it's a mixed blessing of sorts that my computer crashed when it did. I didn't get too far behind, which is a good thing; unfortunately, I'm not too far behind because there have been no tours announced, precious little in the way of public appearances to write about. No new interviews given over at least the past month, either. The only files I lost were the ones I'd been currently writing, but I still have some backtracking to do. Expect a few updates on what's been happening since Travelogue's release soon.
 

Nov 19, 2002: November 19, 2002

The wait is over: Travelogue was released today. Most of the mail I've received leads me to believe it's widely available, although I've had reports of delivery being delayed up to a week in some areas.

This album is so beautiful I'm speechless (for once). It's a feast for the ears, to be sure, but for the eyes as well: In addition to a beautiful package, Disk One turns your computer into an art gallery full of Joni's latest paintings. If you love to savor music and art that draws you in a little deeper each time you allow it to, Travelogue is for you.

What?!? You don't have it yet? Rush out to your nearest record store, pass by the J-Lo CDs and pick up Travelogue.
 

Nov 18, 2002: November 18, 2002

Canadian television viewers will have a treat to coincide with Joni's Travelogue release when the Bravo channel airs one of her programs Tuesday night at 9PM ET. Which program? Well, nobody seems sure. Bravo.ca has conflicting information on their website; their Appointment With Music page was announcing the first airing of "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now and Then," but their program schedule page said it was going to be 1998's "Painting With Words and Music" (which, by the way, doesn't feature appearances by Prince, Dylan, etc., as the Bravo site incorrectly states). I contacted them last week requesting clarification, but never received a reply. So who knows?

I know if I was in Canada I'd be sitting in front of the television, just in case the never before seen "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now and Then" comes on. If not, "Painting With Words and Music" is still well worth another look. And if you haven't seen it before, here's your golden opportunity!
 

Nov 7, 2002: November 7, 2002

Happy Birthday Joni! Once again this year Joniphile Steve Polifka has designed a birthday card for Joni, from all of us at JoniMitchell.com and the Joni Mitchell Discussion List. Thanks to Steve for all his hard work, and, best wishes to Joni for many more Happy Birthdays.

Listen to selections from Joni's upcoming CD! Joni's new record company Nonesuch has developed a custom player with Buzztone.com that allows you to listen to a different track from her upcoming CD until its release on November 19. In an extensive article introducing us to the new orchestral CD, it's called a "resplendent offering [that] features Joni Mitchell in some of the most resonant and revealing performances of her career." Travelogue is celebrated on the site as proof that "it remains an indisputable fact that there is no more gifted an interpreter of the music of Joni Mitchell than Joni Mitchell." (Please note: This Nonesuch promotion ended on November 20.)

Rolling Stone apparently doesn't agree with this assessment. In a review to be published later this month, the reviewer says that the recording doesn't "provide the kind of romantic sonic brocades associated with great orchestral rock." (Personally, I'm not convinced that "great orchestral rock" was what Joni was aiming for).
 

Oct 26, 2002: October 26, 2002

When All the Slaves are Free: The Words and Music of Joni Mitchell finished a critically acclaimed and well-attended run at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company earlier this month. The revue was created and directed by Bryden Macdonald, who also wrote and directed similar productions based on the work of Leonard Cohen and Carole Pope. Backed by jazz piano, percussion and bass, singers Elizabeth Beeler, Susan Henley and Mary Kelly took audiences on a theatrical journey through Joni's three-plus decades of work, performing 13 of her songs including "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," "Both Sides Now," "Passion Play (When All the Slaves Are Free)," "Cherokee Louise" and "Hejira." The show ran from September 12 until October 5, and was sold out nearly every night.
 

Oct 19, 2002: October 19, 2002

Joni is on a list of featured artists scheduled to appear at the "Stormy Weather 2002" Benefit for the Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute, according to reports at, among others, Cheryl Crow.com and Yahoo! Entertainment News.

Please note that I've been unable to definitely confirm Joni's appearance as of this writing; I still wanted to mention that she's mentioned in the announcement, even though the lineups at benefit concerts can sometimes be subject to last minute changes.

The show is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Sunday Oct. 20 at 12 PM (noon) PDT. For more information on tickets see the Ticketmaster website at the link below.

As many of you know, Joni performed at the "Stormy Weather" Benefit in 1998 (singing the title song -- she's said that the performance was one of the things that inspired her to record with an orchestra).

The Walden Woods Project was founded by Don Henley in 1990. Henley has devoted much time and energy to this endeavor, and his efforts have paid off; he was in attendance this month when the state of Massachusetts ceded the 26.4 acre Goose Pond to the Walden Pond State Reservation. The amount of protected land is now almost 360 acres. The Walden Woods Project website is well worth a visit, and more than just once.

Among the other guests scheduled to appear at "Stormy Weather 2002" are Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire, Stevie Nicks and Susan Tedeschi.

It's sure to be a great show whether Joni appears or not, but I think it will be that much better if she does!
 

Oct 16, 2002: October 16, 2002

Joni's new CD Travelogue will find her relocating to a new record label. It was recently announced that the new CD will be released on the Nonesuch label, where Joni shares the roster with a wide variety of artists with styles ranging from jazz to world music, classical to rock. Fans of drummer Brian Blade will be glad to hear that he's back for the Travelogue project, along with longtime musical cohorts and friends Larry Klein, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. The last reported release date for Travelogue was November 19; check back for updates on when the CD will be available.

Joni's recent Rolling Stone interview starts off peacefully enough, as she recalls the first concert she ever went to (Ray Charles) and talks with interviewer David Wild about finding her voice as a singer. Once the conversation turns to the state of the music business, all bets are off as Joni tells Wild that she's "ashamed" to be a part of it. This comment, and some of her other more pointed remarks at the end of the interview were immediately picked up by other media sources, who for the most part reprinted a Reuter's story that ignores most of the interview and rehashes the recent comments with old news.
 

Sep 16, 2002: September 16, 2002

Here's the complete song lineup for Joni's new CD. Titled A Travelogue, it's due in stores on November 19. Here's what you can expect to hear:

DISK 1

Love
You Dream Flat Tires
Otis & Marlena
Amelia
Woodstock
Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
The Sire of Sorrow
For the Roses
Trouble Child
God Must Be A Boogie Man

DISK 2

Be Cool
Just Like This Train
Sex Kills
Refuge Of the Roads
Hejira
Chinese Cafe
Cherokee Louise
The Dawntreader
The Last Time I Saw Richard
Borderline
The Circle Game
Coyote

I wish November 19 was tomorrow so I could rush right out and buy it!
 

Sep 9, 2002: September 9, 2002

Joni's new double CD is due out November 19, according to reports in various newspapers. The New York Daily News was the first paper out of the gate with an announcement, as far as I know; the story was quickly picked up by USA Today and The New York Times.

The announcement in The New York Times erroneously reports that it's going to be an album of new material -- as reported here earlier, the CDs will contain orchestrated versions of songs from throughout Joni's career. As with Joni's 2000 Both Sides Now CD, Vince Mendoza is on board as arranger and conductor, with appearances by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. A partial song list:

Amelia
Be Cool
Borderline
Cherokee Louise
Chinese Cafe
Coyote
For the Roses
God Must Be A Boogie Man
Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
Sex Kills
Slouching Toward Bethlehem
The Circle Game
The Last Time I Saw Richard
Woodstock
You Dream Flat Tires

We can also look forward to seeing Joni's paintings in the CD packaging.

Filmmaker Allison Anders' documentary of the recording sessions for the CD is tentatively due for release in January, with the American Masters program due for broadcast on PBS in March, according to Edna Gundersen's USA Today story.
 

Aug 2, 2002: August 2, 2002

Joni has finished recording her new double CD (for more information on the CD, check out the JoniMitchell.com news posts from 3/6/02 and 12/4/01). Although a release date hasn't been announced, one possible timeline I've heard about for release at this point is next spring, as that's now the expected air date for Joni's American Masters documentary on PBS. I'll post additional information as it becomes available.

Joni is a featured guest on Eric Andersen's recently released Live at the Mudd Club compilation. She joins Eric on stage during the 1982 appearance to sing harmonies on "Blue River," considered by many to be one of his masterpieces. According to the newspage on EricAndersen.com, this is the only live recording of Eric and Joni performing the song. Live at the Mudd Club and more albums from Eric Andersen are available for purchase from mp3.com; you can also listen to and download his "Blue River" duet with Joni—and a few more of Eric's songs—for free.

Popular music journalism suffered a loss on June 27 with the death of Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White, who died at age 50 of an apparent heart attack after suddenly collapsing in an elevator at the magazine's New York office. White, whose long résumé included senior editor positions at Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, was a longtime supporter of Joni in the press; Joni's receipt of the prestigious Billboard Century Award happened on his watch at the magazine. He was also a vocal supporter of press coverage for breaking artists. White had interviewed Joni numerous times over the course of his career at Billboard, most recently in his "Music to My Ears" column of September 2001.

Sing a Song of Joni: In addition to the list of songs other writers have written about Joni (in the "Songs About Joni" section of the site) there are plenty of songs that, while they're not written about Joni, mention her (or one of her songs) in the lyrics. Simon has researched this subject extensively and provided me with the information for the new "Songs That Mention Joni" page.

Michelle Kort's new book "Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro" (©2002, St. Martin's Press) has quotes from Joni and notables including Rickie Lee Jones, Suzanne Vega, Mary Travers, Patricia Romanowski, Donna Summer and Roseanne Cash on the back cover. Speaking of Nyro, the legendary singer-songwriter who died in 1997 and left us, among many others, classic songs including "And When I Die" and "Stoney End," Joni says: "Laura Nyro you can lump me in with, because Laura exerted an influence on me. I looked to her and took some direction from her." There are sixteen references to Joni listed in the index of the book, which at one point refers to Joni as someone "who would become Nyro's preeminent singer-songwriting peer."

Joni recently received an alumni award from The Alberta College of Art & Design at their 75th Anniversary Celebration, which was held June 13 at the Fairmount Palliser Hotel in Calgary, Alberta (Joni was an ACAD student in 1963 and 1964). According to an ACAD spokesperson, the "75 Alumni were chosen by a jury of gallery owners, faculty, artists and fellow alumni. Those chosen have demonstated a superior understanding and practice of their craft or art form. Each honouree is dedicated to excellence in their chosen field of visual arts and their efforts have contributed to the visual arts community at large: curating, promoting, arts administration or through other creative venues."
 

Jul 6, 2002: July 6, 2002

The Order of Canada is the latest honor to be added to Joni's ever-lengthening list of awards, with a July 4 announcement by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson reported by the CBC. Established in 1967, Canada's highest award for lifetime achievement is given out at three levels; Joni was appointed to the highest one, the Companion level. This year, four Companion level awards were announced, along with 28 Officer level appointments and 65 Member level appointments, all made on the recommendation of an advisory council headed by the Chief Justice of Canada.

Updated: The "Songs About Joni" list and the "Contributions" list. Check out the list of songs about or inspired by Joni, and the list of recordings by other artists that she appears on, both in the MUSIC section of the site. Thanks to Simon Montgomery for his research.
 

Jun 17, 2002: June 17, 2002

UK Joni fans have another chance to see Joni's wonderful "Painting With Words and Music" video from 1998 this week, when the program is rebroadcast on the Satellite TV channel Artsworld as part of their "Class Acts" series. Look for it on Thursday, 20 June at 22:00, and on Friday 21 June at 17:00. If you miss it, it's also available on VHS and DVD. A must-see.

Wally Breese and I were lucky enough to be in the audience along with a group of friends for the tapings; follow the link below for stories Wally wrote about the show when it was first released in November 1998.
 

Jun 16, 2002: June 16, 2002

Folk & Blues - The Encyclopedia by Irwin Stambler and Lyndon Stambler contains a well-researched bio of Joni that's a great "crash course" for those just discovering her, while also serving as a handy reference for long-time Joniphiles. The entry, which covers her career and life from childhood through the Both Sides Now tour of May 2000, is based in part on Lyndon Stambler's interview with Joni for People magazine earlier that year. Densely packed with information, Stambler's bio still accomplishes a smooth, absorbing narrative, paying attention to all of the varied facets of Joni's career.

Joni's story is just the tip of the iceberg here, however -- the third edition of the Stamblers' book contains a treasure trove of information on a wide range of important musicians. Spanning the breadth of the folk and blues spectrum (and occasionally branching out to include blues and folk-influenced artists from other styles), the entries here range from pioneers like Bessie Smith and Woody Guthrie to current performers like Ani DiFranco. Also included are awards lists, and a few essays that help support the dust jacket's assertion that "This encyclopedia provides insight into why folk and blues are distinct fields of their own, but interact in many ways to provide important additions to America's musical heritage."

Lyndon Stambler tells me that "One need only to take a look at the index of our book to see how influential Joni Mitchell has been during the last 3 1/2 decades. Her name is scattered throughout Folk & Blues, influencing artists as diverse as the Band, Fairport Convention, Janet Jackson, Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, CSN&Y, and Tracy Chapman. Although she long ago set aside the 'girl withthe guitar' image, she was gracious during the interview, even strumming on her Collings acoustic. Besides emphasizing her musical achievements, Folk &Blues also acknowledges her success in other creative pursuits. Her varied career is certainly reflected in the art work that fills up her home in Los Angeles: portraits of Miles Davis or a cubist landscape of Saskatchewan."

More information on Folk & Blues - The Encyclopedia is available at the authors' website, which also contains two links for online purchase (Amazon.com offers the best price of the two).
 

May 23, 2002: May 23, 2002

Rosie O'Donnell said goodbye to her daytime talk show audience today with a farewell program that, unsurprisingly, featured the music of one of Rosie's favorite artists -- Joni Mitchell. As a montage of clips from the show, pictures of children and partner Kelli Carpenter were shown, Joni's "Both Sides Now" served as a perfect musical backdrop. This isn't the only occasion Joni's music has added a moving touch to television lately; many viewers of HBO's hit show Six Feet Under were touched by the atmosphere "Woodstock" added to an episode that aired last month. To quote a comment I received from a reader struck by the 16 year old character Claire's recognition of the song's power: "Beauty is timeless."
 

May 21, 2002: May 21, 2002

A music documentary "with the likes of Joni Mitchell" is among Rosanna Arquette's three new film projects, according to a report in yesterday's USA Today. Although no other information was given, I can't help but assume from the article's phrasing that Joni would be a prominent feature. Let's hope we hear more soon.

There are already two other Joni documentaries in the works: the biographical "Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now - and Then," and "The Circle Game," which centers on the recording of her upcoming CD.

Arquette, best known for her starring roles in films including Desperately Seeking Susan and After Hours, has just released the first of her three films, working behind the camera. Searching for Debra Winger is, among other things, an endictment of Hollywood's preoccupation with sexy young actresses. Arquette says that roles "all but dry up" for actresses as they mature and try to juggle careers with home lives. The film includes candid interviews with nearly 30 leading actresses including Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone and Vanessa Redgrave.
 

Apr 6, 2002: April 6, 2002

USA Today recently ran a brief story about Allison Anders' film documentary of Joni's recording sessions for her upcoming orchestral CD that contained a few interesting bits of information I hadn't seen before. For starters, writer Edna Gundersen tells us that Joni "is revamping many of her favorite compositions with a host of voices" and that "Amelia" has been "expanded to lush grandeur with a choir." A choir? There's something to light up the imagination!

The article also reports that "Sex Kills" has been recorded for the collection.

Another tantalizing report appearing in the USA Today story says that "Though no tour is planned, Mitchell is considering scheduling some performances" to promote the project. Hopefully I'll find some specific information about this that I can report on soon.

For more info on the upcoming CD, check out the news posts dated 3/6/02 and 12/4/01.
 

Mar 26, 2002: March 26, 2002

False alarm: The much anticipated broadcast of Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now and Then on the CBC's Life & Times program failed to materialize tonight as announced by the CBC, leaving a trail of disappointed Joni Mitchell fans across Canada. The brief message from CBC, in its entirety: "Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now and Then, Parts One and Two, originally scheduled for broadcast March 26th and April 2, 2002 at 7 p.m. has been postponed until fall 2002 due to unforeseen production difficulties."

Very frustrating. But looking back, maybe I should have seen this coming. My guess: When the CBC requested a finished two hour program for a broadcast date many months earlier than what the original production schedule called for, the timetable accelerated to a pace that made it impossible to complete the film at an acceptable level of quality. Maybe what the CBC calls "unforeseen production difficulties" could just as easily be interpreted as "sticking to the original schedule."

A loss, to be sure, but only a temporary one. I expect that fans in both Canada and the U.S. will see similar versions of Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now and Then released at around the same time, later on this year. I think we'll see a film that's been put together with the care the filmmakers originally intended, and that it will be worth the wait.
 

Mar 14, 2002: March 14, 2002

The first version of an important new biographical film about Joni has been scheduled for broadcast in two weekly installments on the series Life and Times, on Canada's CBC-TV. Joni personally approved and was interviewed for the project and is currently viewing the latest edits of the two-hour program, titled "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now, and Then." In addition to the interviews with Joni and her family, the exhaustively researched and thoughtfully produced bio features interviews with (among others) Elliott Roberts, David Geffen, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young and Joel Bernstein (who also contributed many of his photographs for use in the production). Instead of using a narrator, Joni's story will be told through the interviews.

If you're wondering when you'll get a chance to see the show, the timing's going to be a little tricky -- it all depends on where you are. If you're in Canada, you can see the first version on Life & Times in just two weeks; you'll see an expanded version later in the year (probably November) if you're in the States. Why is this happening? Well, the initial plan was for a two hour program that would air later this year, but when CBC-TV requested a one-hour edit of the show for March broadcast, the filmmakers stepped up the timetable to accommodate the network. When CBC-TV saw how well done the program was (and, of course, how compelling Joni's story is), they wanted to run two hours. Preparations for the Canadian telecast, expedited even when only one hour of programming had been requested, accelerated to breakneck speed in order to effectively service the network's planned March 26 broadcast date, and are still in process. After the Life & Times version is ready to go, work will continue on the slightly longer final version of the program.

CBC-TV's respected biography series Life & Times is now in its sixth season, focusing on the lives of famous Canadians. The CBC website says "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now, and Then" will air in two episodes on the program: Part One on March 26, and Part Two on April 2, at 7 PM.

Life & Times is hosted by writer/actor Ann-Marie MacDonald, who was also a co-host at the "World Leaders Festival" Hommage program to Joni last October. "I'm a documentary junkie, and people's stories fascinate me, both because of what they choose to reveal and what they reveal quite unconsciously," says MacDonald on the CBC site. "I like being surprised by a story that I thought I knew - I like finding out that I didn't really know it after all."

An interesting footnote: Earlier on this year's Life & Times schedule, one of the profiles was of Toller Cranston, the figure skating champion who appears on the cover of Joni's Hejira album.

In the States, viewers have to wait until later in the year when the program airs on American Masters, the acclaimed PBS series created in 1984 as "both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America." We'll hopefully get to see "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now, and Then" in November. Patience brings rewards: Since PBS devotes 10-13 minutes more to programming per hour than CBC-TV, U.S. viewers can expect to see an expanded version of the Life & Times show. Instead of being split into one-hour installments, the American Masters version will be one continuous program, two hours in length. I'll post more information on the American Masters broadcast as the air date nears.

A DVD of the program is also expected, although a release date hasn't been announced. This should be welcome news for Joni's many fans who live in places other than North America, as no broadcast information for other parts of the world is available.

Whichever version you see, "Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now, and Then" is going to be a must for any Joni fan. The filmmakers genuinely care about the project, Joni's personally involved, and great care is being taken to create an informative, accurate and entertaining program. And needless to say, Joni's life tells an inspiring, thought-provoking story that is perfect subject matter for a film bio. I, for one, can't wait!
 

Mar 6, 2002: March 6, 2002

Entertainment Weekly published a short article this week with a few new bits of information on Allison Anders' videotaping of the recent recording sessions for Joni's next CD, tentatively titled The Circle Game.

In addition to musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, who contributed to her last orchestral outing Both Sides Now, we can also expect to hear Ry Cooder, Billy Preston and possibly Neil Young, according to the EW article.

"Some of it is material she did as a young girl, with a soprano voice and an acoustic guitar, now with an orchestra and an alto," says filmmaker Anders. "It's so interesting to hear these same songs with wisdom," she enthuses. "Not that she wasn't wise before, but it's like 'I thought I was on to something before, and now I know I am.'"

Alas, one piece of important information nobody has mentioned yet is a release date. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

First reported in the LA Times late last year (check out the newsblurb from 12/4/01 for information on that report), the CD will feature Joni performing with a 77 piece orchestra comprised of session musicians contracted by Isobel Griffiths -- although the EW article sports a nostalgic (and less than flattering) picture of Joni holding an acoustic guitar.
 

Mar 1, 2002: March 1, 2002

If you blinked while watching the Grammys on Wednesday, you may have missed the three-minute Lifetime Achievement Awards segment. Joni, along with the other honorees, each had their lifetime of musical achievement rewarded with precisely 20 seconds of well-timed praise on the show, in the form of a tidily packaged montage of visuals and voiceover. "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi" played in the background during Joni's portion of the segment; predictable, but at least not as bad as summing up Rosemary Clooney's career with "Come On-a My House" and "Mambo Italiano." (Get well soon, Rosie!) I was surprised to find the awards for these influential figures treated as an afterthought.

The recording industry, now running scared in the wake of a tardy response to the ever-increasing wave of internet music piracy, devoted more time to a statement by Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene that probably did little to inform, change the minds or even get the attention of an audience watching the telecast for a different purpose.

The actual presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards wasn't televised (only one of the surviving recipients showed up as far as I know), although the acceptance speeches for each of the honorees can be found on Grammy.com's video page under Grammy Fest. Accepting the award for Joni with an apparently unrehearsed statement only a few seconds longer than the televised presentation, Greene said "We talked to Joni today, she was going to try to get back, she's in Toronto. But she wanted to tell all of you that this means so very much to her, her words, again, are resounding, in terms of her independent spirit, and uncompromising, and the fact that we're honoring her for that, she says thank you, so thank you on behalf of Joni." Greene's voice trailed off as he turned and left the podium with Joni's award.
 

Feb 26, 2002: February 26, 2002

Joni joins a group of revered performers ranging from Frank Zappa to Leontyne Price this week, when she receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Special Merit Award is presented by vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artist significance to the field of recording.

"I think that the real acclaim that she should have had is subverted by the commercial goals of the industry at large and the media," says Joni's longtime friend and manager Sam Feldman, in an article by Andrew Flynn that appeared in the Canadian Press last week. "It's not so much which palette she's painting on, it's more that there's a huge exploitation process that happens in our society that more often than not ignores true artistry."

"It's impossible -- Joni Mitchell cannot pander. It's not in her chemistry to ever do anything for commercial purpose. If she thought she was, inadvertently, I'm sure she would take a left turn," says Feldman. "There's some talent that is so huge, it's undeniable, it's not going to be held back -- it's too good, it's too meaningful, it connects with people too heavily."

Says Allen MacInnis, who created and directed Joni Mitchell: River, the "theatrical concert" that recently completed a run at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg: "She creates for you a way of understanding being isolated and then being pulled back into the world or giving up something in order to have something else. What her lyrics are about is an incredible specificity and a poetry that in just a few words says everything you need to say, it has such impact. Plus, I think the word is probity, a perfect match very often between music and lyric."

Joni's Lifetime Achievement Grammy will be handed out at a members-only ceremony held prior to the Grammy Awards telecast on February 27. I'll be watching, hoping she'll show or that there will be a segment on her award, but the latest reports I've heard say that her attendance at the ceremony is uncertain.

Read Howie Klein's Grammy Magazine story on Joni.
 

Feb 1, 2002: February 1, 2002

The Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg unveils Joni Mitchell: River this weekend, a new production that PTE artistic director Allen MacInnis describes as a "theatrical concert." Using 28 of Joni's songs, the imaginitively conceived segments making up the production touch a variety of subjects Joni addresses in her deft descriptions of what she's called "the arc of human relationships." MacInnis's Joni-inspired creations include "Falling in Love," "Psych Ward" and "Wisdom," in addition to other segments devoted to Joni's world view on war, big business and morality. Instead of dialogue, the actors use lyrics in solo and group performances to tell their stories. Musical arrangments for the show's songs, which include Big Yellow Taxi, Carey, A Case of You, Shadows and Light, Help Me and Woodstock, are by guitarist Greg Lowe. Joni Mitchell: River runs through February 10.

Originally founded in 1973 as the Manitoba Theatre Workshop, The Prairie Theatre Exchange teaches theatre for adults and children, and began to produce adult works in 1981; notable past productions include a production of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, with aboriginal actors playing the aboriginal roles.

Stumped: Joni was the subject of one of the clues (in the Grammy Award category) last night on Jeopardy! (All right, I know it's not exactly a major news flash, but things have been kind of slow lately.) The clue: "She won a Grammy in 2000 for her Both Sides Now -- we loved her in the 60s." The clueless: Contestant number one buzzed in with the question "Who is Barbra Streisand?" There's a couple hundred bucks up in smoke.
 

Dec 18, 2001: December 18, 2001

Joni's painting Edmonton is a conversation piece for Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's current hit movie Vanilla Sky, in a scene where he's showing off his apartment to his latest love interest, played by Penelope Cruz. "This one is by Monet, and this one is by Joni Mitchell, and I did this one," Cruise says, holding up a snowboard he painted. "At least two out of those three were done by geniuses!" quips Cruz in reply. I have a feeling the snowboard lost out on that one.

Although I haven't seen the film yet, I've heard that two paintings are listed in the closing credits. I haven't been told what the other one is, but I'm guessing it might be The Ice Offering, which I noticed in a photo that appears on the movie's promotional website. Although this painting isn't mentioned in the dialog, it's probably there somewhere!
 

Dec 11, 2001: December 11, 2001

Joni's awards pile up so quickly I can barely keep up with them! The latest announcement: Joni has been named as a 2002 recipient of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene says "The recipients of these awards are in a rarified league all their own. They are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have given us some of the most distinctive and seminal recordings of the last century. Their work exemplifies the highest creative and technical standards by which we all measure our own personal and professional contributions." Joni is applauded on the site as "An innovative and experimental artist... Mitchell's music has evolved from its early folk roots to embrace pop, rock, jazz, and multi-cultural world music, resulting in a creative legacy which has paved the way for countless contemporary performers."

This isn't the first time Joni's been recognized by the Academy, of course: In addition to the five Grammy awards she has received, her 1971 Blue album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Other 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are bandleader Count Basie and vocalists Rosemary Clooney, Al Green and Perry Como. The recipients will be formally acknowledged on February 27, in conjunction with the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
 

Dec 8, 2001: December 8, 2001

She's fashionable, too: A short clip of Joni aired today on the Canadian Fashion Television program during a feature on designer Issey Miyake (who was also honored with an Hommage at World Leaders Festival in Toronto recently). As Joniphiles who follow this sort of thing know, Miyake is one of Joni's favorite designers and she often wears his creations; I remember her mentioning to me how she likes the "crinkly" fabric. In the video clip, Joni talked of how she felt the presence of someone behind her as she admired a painting at a gallery opening in L.A. Loosely quoted, she said "I turned around and here was this tall, dark, handsome Japanese man, and it was Issey! And he said, 'Oh, Joni Mitchell, it's such a pleasure to finally meet you. You're my biggest fan! (laughs)'"

I've finally finished Part Three of my story on Joni's Hommage at the World Leaders Festival. Sorry it took me so long to pull it together, but I wanted to give you the most complete description of the program I could. I'll try to get Part Four done before the spring thaw.

READ "THE HOMMAGE PRESENTATION" STORY
 

Dec 4, 2001: December 4, 2001

An exciting surprise: Joni's next CD will also be a film!

Joni started recording her new orchestral CD, tentatively titled "Circle Game," last week at Air Lyndhurst, George Martin's studio complex in London; she's again working with conductor Vince Mendoza and an orchestra comprised of session musicians contracted by Isobel Griffiths. In addition to the title song, we can also expect to hear "Woodstock," "Amelia," "Judgment of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)," "Be Cool," "Borderline," "Cherokee Louise," "Coyote," "For the Roses," and "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" on the CD (that's just a partial list). According to a report by Steve Hochman in the December 2 LA Times, filmmaker Allison Anders has signed on to make a documentary of the sessions.

A release date has not been announced for the CD or film.

In the LA Times story Anders says, "I've talked with Joni at length about what we want to do, and what's so exciting for me is the idea of her revisiting her old material. She just did 'Circle Game' with the full orchestra, and while the original is youthful with just her and the acoustic guitar, now she's singing alto and has all that experience to put into it."

In the film, Anders plans to use these new versions of the songs as entries into explorations of Joni's life and art. "The film will look at all the changes that have happened in her life since these songs were written," Anders says, "not the least of which is being reunited with her daughter and grandchildren."

"There's so much I've learned from [Mitchell's] experiences," Anders says. "As a woman, even though I work in a different medium, there's a lot of the same stuff. She says, 'Well, for a while I was called chick music.' Imagine--Joni Mitchell dismissed as chick music! And now I read an article about chick books, so here we go again."

Many Joniphiles remember Allison Anders from her well-received 1996 film Grace of My Heart, which she wrote and directed. Based partially on the life of Carole King, the film was the first place Joni's song "Man From Mars" appeared; performed by Kristen Vigard, the piano-based version on the soundtrack is a different arrangement from the one that appears on Joni's 1998 Taming the Tiger CD. A few thousand copies of the soundtrack with Joni singing the song were mistakenly released and quickly recalled; the copies that remain in circulation have become sought-after collectors' items. Joni started recording her new orchestral CD, tentatively titled "Circle Game," last week at Air Lyndhurst, George Martin's studio complex in London; she's again working with conductor Vince Mendoza and an orchestra comprised of session musicians contracted by Isobel Griffiths. In addition to the title song, we can also expect to hear "Woodstock," "Amelia," "Judgment of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)," "Be Cool," "Borderline," "Cherokee Louise," "Coyote," "For the Roses," and "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" on the CD (that's just a partial list). According to a report by Steve Hochman in the December 2 LA Times, filmmaker Allison Anders has signed on to make a documentary of the sessions.

A release date has not been announced for the CD or film.

In the LA Times story Anders says, "I've talked with Joni at length about what we want to do, and what's so exciting for me is the idea of her revisiting her old material. She just did 'Circle Game' with the full orchestra, and while the original is youthful with just her and the acoustic guitar, now she's singing alto and has all that experience to put into it."

In the film, Anders plans to use these new versions of the songs as entries into explorations of Joni's life and art. "The film will look at all the changes that have happened in her life since these songs were written," Anders says, "not the least of which is being reunited with her daughter and grandchildren."

"There's so much I've learned from [Mitchell's] experiences," Anders says. "As a woman, even though I work in a different medium, there's a lot of the same stuff. She says, 'Well, for a while I was called chick music.' Imagine--Joni Mitchell dismissed as chick music! And now I read an article about chick books, so here we go again."

Many Joniphiles remember Allison Anders from her well-received 1996 film Grace of My Heart, which she wrote and directed. Based partially on the life of Carole King, the film was the first place Joni's song "Man From Mars" appeared; performed by Kristen Vigard, the piano-based version on the soundtrack is a different arrangement from the one that appears on Joni's 1998 Taming the Tiger CD. A few thousand copies of the soundtrack with Joni singing the song were mistakenly released and quickly recalled; the copies that remain in circulation have become sought-after collectors' items.
 

Nov 10, 2001: November 10, 2001

At the movies: Joni's orchestrated version of "Both Sides Now" is being heard in moviehouses across the country. A sizable excerpt from the song is featured at a pivotal point in the new film "Life As A House," which stars Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas and is receiving rave reviews. This isn't altogether surprising, given the fact that the incidental music for the film is composed by trumpet pro Mark Isham who, as many of you may remember, has worked with Joni numerous times.
 

Nov 7, 2001: November 7, 2001

Happy Birthday to Joni! Every year, I send Joni a birthday card on behalf of JoniMitchell.com and the Joni Mitchell Discussion List. Here's the card from Joni's Internet community for this year, featuring a wonderful image by artist and Joniphile Steve Polifka. I love the laptop with her signature on it!
 

Nov 5, 2001: November 5, 2001

The Joni segment on BRAVO's "Arts & Minds" program is going to be rebroadcast later this week, in case you missed it earlier. The program will be on twice: on Friday, November 9 at 2:30 PM Eastern Time, and again on Saturday, November 10, at 4:30 AM Eastern Time. Be sure to check your local listings.

Joni's biography available in Australia: "Shadows and Light," Joni's biography by Karen O'Brien, should be available in Australia by the time you read this. I've received reports that it should be available at Dymocks sometime this week.
 

Oct 29, 2001: October 29, 2001

The elegant reception and banquet before Joni's Hommage at the Harbourfront "World Leaders" festival was only the beginning of an event that got better and better as the evening progressed.

READ "OUR DINNER WITH JONI" STORY
 

Oct 25, 2001: October 25, 2001

Joni's appearance at the dedication of her star on Canada's Walk of Fame was the first highlight in a day full of Joni-related events in Toronto last Friday. I'll have stories and pictures about everything that happened up on the site as soon as I can, but I decided to put the them up in installments so you don't have to wait forever! Here's Part One.

READ "JONI'S WALK OF FAME" STORY
 

Oct 22, 2001: October 22, 2001

Two new paintings that Joni completed shortly after the World Trade Center disaster appeared in yesterday's issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Pondering what I consider strikingly different moods created by the two paintings, I found myself lost in yin/yang thoughts about the search for solace in what Joni called "the world... turned upside down." See what you think. First painting, second painting.
 

Oct 20, 2001: October 20, 2001

2:19 AM: I'm just dragging my sorry self into the hotel, hoping I can calm down enough to sleep after what was one of the most exhilarating evenings I've spent in a long time.

I was more than ready for the hommage program tonight at Toronto's Harbourfront "World Leaders" festival after seeing Joni receive her star on Canada's "Walk of Fame" this afternoon, and we were treated an evening of stunning surprises. Nobody expected Joni to be on stage tonight for an extended period. She wasn't scheduled to perform. We were all looking forward to just enjoying a few words from her after what turned out to be a meticulously-planned, entertaining presentation. But we got much more than we bargained for. At the end of the program, Joni walked onstage to a thundering ovation, sitting for a casual, intimate interview-style conversation, talking mostly about her life and creative process; then it happened. Joni gave an already enthralled audience a very special surprise gift, taking us along with her on an up to the minute walk down her visionary path. She offered us a choice: "I'm a lttle rusty, but I could improvise on the piano for a little bit. Or," gesturing toward a boombox on the stage, "I got the demos from my new orchestral project and we could just graze." (For those you who may not have heard, Joni has been planning a new CD with orchestral versions of her own material for some time.)

What?? We have to CHOOSE?

I didn't know what to do, but the calls for her to improvise live on the piano won out. Joni started to play after a few words about her recent experimentation with unusual chord structures, recalling how she'd worked similarly when she recorded "Paprika Plains": "There's no such thing as a wrong chord." Watching Joni improvise from her heart was an awe-inspiring experience. Tentative for a moment, moving into a beautiful flow as the newborn idea developed, then tentative again, then flowing as the next musical idea started to take shape.

But wait, there's more! Turns out we didn't have to choose after all. During the wild applause that followed her piano improv, Joni headed for the boombox and pushed the button.

I'm surprised at how good a big orchestra can sound through an amplified boombox, but the real story is Joni singing along live on excerpts from seven songs. Although she didn't do any of the songs all the way through (she came close on a few), she gave the audience a big taste of what's to come for each of them before she fading the volume down and fast forwarding from one song to the next. She was in great voice, rich, soulful, committed. Songs Joni previewed: "The Circle Game," "Be Cool," "Borderline," "Cherokee Louise," "Coyote," "For the Roses," and "Slouching Toward Bethlehem." This is going to be one incredible CD, folks.

I'll write more about this very special evening with Joni soon. And I'll have some great photos from the event that I can't wait to show you!
 

Oct 16, 2001: October 16, 2001

"Joni Mitchell: A Tribute In Song" got the Harbourfront Hommage Festivities off to an inspired start tonight, according to correspondents Coyote Rick and Jimmy from the Joni Mitchell Discussion List. The show was packed with one great performance after another by some of Canada's finest musical talents. Check out Rick and Jimmy's report.

A good week for accolades: Better late than never, it's been said -- Joni was unable to attend the June gala for this years' inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame, so she'll be there to unveil her star in front of Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre this Friday at noon. Famed author Margaret Atwood, whose best known works include The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin, was also unable to attend in June and will unveil her star at the ceremony as well. Let's hope they don't run overtime and make Joni late for her appointment at Harbourfront's Friday evening Hommage ceremony!
 

Oct 13, 2001: October 13, 2001

The Hommage Festivities honoring Joni at the "World Leaders" festival in Toronto kick off on Tuesday night with a concert called "Joni Mitchell: A Tribute in Song." This program, at Toronto's Premiere Dance Theatre, features Musical Director Aaron Davis and includes performaces by vocalists including Jane Siberry, Suzie Vinnick, David Sereda and Marc Jordan. Other events leading up to Friday's Hommage program include a Thursday lecture titled "Joni Mitchell: The Constant Quest for Artistic Growth." The lecture by Rob Bowman, Grammy award-winning professor of music at York University, will be followed by a film titled "Joni Mitchell-In Concert and On Video."

New Yorkers also have an upcoming event worth seeing when John Kelly premieres his new show of more recent Joni material titled "Shiny Hot Nights: More Songs of Joni Mitchell" at FEZ next Saturday, October 20. It's sure to be a great show, and a perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening in Manhattan!
 

Oct 11, 2001: October 11, 2001

At your local newsstand next week: Joni is among many artists photographed by Annie Leibovitz in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, due out Tuesday, October 16. The magazine is also releasing a special 54-page tribute edition called "One Week," dedicated to the victims and heroes of the September 11 tragedy.
 

Oct 4, 2001: October 4, 2001

The good news: Shadows and Light, Karen O'Brien's excellent new Joni biography, has been released! Karen's engagingly written, thoroughly researched book includes illuminating excerpts from interviews with Joni, stories and observations from throughout her life and career, as well as interviews with many people from Joni's inner circle. It's well worth searching out. The bad news: it looks like some searching may be necessary to find it -- unfortunately, it's not going to be available everywhere. I've been told by Virgin Books that it isn't licensed for sale in the United States (#@%*!!), so at least as far as the U.S. goes, it's going to be harder for readers to get than I expected. If it isn't available where you live and you can't make it to London for a copy, I've found it on sale at the Amazon.uk website.
 

Sep 11, 2001: September 11, 2001

I meant to post this article in the morning, but I'm just not accomplishing as much as I'd like to today; I'm still reeling as the grisly catastrophe in the Eastern U.S. continues to unfold. I thoroughly enjoyed this September 8 Billboard interview with Joni when I first read it. Now, I also find it comforting to read an interview that reveals the integrity and honesty of an artist. I'm reminded that there are things of beauty in this world that go a long way toward bringing people together and enriching lives, helping us to firm up our resolve and move forward, even as we're also brought together by a collective experience of numbing tragedy, great sadness and outrage.

Joni touches on a variety of subjects in her interview withBillboard Editor in Chief Timothy White, many of which have been of interest to Joniphiles. The article begins with her recollection of a recent encounter with a young rock musician concerning the integrity of his art; the article continues with topics that include her plans for the future, concluding with new information on the November recording of her next orchestral project.
 

Aug 30, 2001: August 30, 2001

A new Joni appearance chronology is part of the upgraded APPEARANCES section that I'm launching today (the section that was formerly called "Tour Info"). Compiled by researcher and archivist Simon Montgomery, it includes most of the appearances Joni has made since the beginning of her career. Also included in the APPEARANCES section are updates for upcoming live and television performances (not much new to report there, I'm very sorry to say!)
 

Aug 28, 2001: August 28, 2001

A new biography of Joni by music journalist Karen O'Brien is due for release by Virgin Books on the 4th of October. O'Brien's book Shadows and Light contains material obtained in first-hand interviews with a wide variety of inner-circle associates such as Larry Klein, Graham Nash, archivist and guitar tech Joel Bernstein, and Tom Rush; the book also contains previously unpublished correspondence between Joni and renowned painter Georgia O'Keefe.
 

Aug 1, 2001: August 1, 2001

Joni's been mentioned as a potential guest of the Chieftains on a television show early next year to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary (the actual anniversary happens later this year). Other potential guests include David Gray, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Charlotte Church; a live album and DVD are also expected. Joni and The Chieftains made beautiful music together in 1999, as many of you remember, when they collaborated on a haunting arrangement of Joni's "The Magdalene Laundries" for the Tears of Stone CD.
 

Jun 29, 2001: June 29, 2001

Steely Dan has reportedly recorded a version of "Carey" for the upcoming A Case of Joni tribute CD. The song was finished over a period of six days (including the tracking day) in New York earlier this month; according to reports from the Steely Dan camp, that's "the fastest Steely Dan song ever." Donald Fagen singing "Carey"? This should be interesting!

I receive a steady stream of email with questions about the CD release date. Unfortunately, the only recent official statement is that it will be released—sometime. Not the specific news we've been hoping for, to be sure, but it's good to know that we'll get to hear it sooner or later. I'll post an announcement about the release date as soon as I hear anything, so stay tuned!
 

May 24, 2001: May 24, 2001

Toronto early birds alert: Although tickets will be available online in early June for Joni's October 19 hommage at "World Leaders: A Festival of Creative Genius" at Harbourfront Centre, you might want to consider purchasing tickets by phone now if you have an American Express card (Gold cards or better only -- humph). One happy Joniphile reports that he was able to snag front row center tickets by phone! The number to call is 416 973-4000.
 

May 1, 2001: May 1, 2001

It's official: Joni is among 14 artists to be honored in Toronto later this year at Harbourfront Centre's "World Leaders: A Festival of Creative Genius." To demonstrate that "the true world leaders of today are not politicians but creative artists," the festival, which runs from September 24 to October 30, will feature hommages to 14 major artists; the Joni Mitchell Hommage is scheduled for October 19. A festival website, launched today, includes complete information and a special section for each of the honored artists. Tickets for all festival events will be available online June 4.
 

Apr 22, 2001: April 22, 2001

The Toronto Star reports that Joni is on an impressive roster of major artists invited to be honored at a colossal month-long 25th birthday party for Toronto's Harbourfront. "It's looking very much as if Joni will be there," confirmed Joni's manager. "We're just working out the details." The Star report says the massive celebration, which will run from late September to late October, is expected to be "one of the biggest cultural/social bashes in Toronto history." Each artist is to be the guest of honor at a gala evening event that includes dinner, a career retrospective tribute, and spinoff events at other venues. Among the other cultural big names invited to be honored at the festival: composer Stephen Sondheim, painter Robert Rauschenberg, playwright Harold Pinter, music producer Quincy Jones, the entire troupe of Cirque de Soleil, and fashion designer Issey Miyake (whose creations are favorites of Joni's). Harbourfront CEO William Boyle is expected to announce festival plans officially on May 1.
 

Apr 13, 2001: April 13, 2001

Joni's creative honesty continues to fascinate music lovers, as evidenced by a terrific article in the May issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine. The story celebrates the 30th anniversary of Joni's landmark album Blue; a transcription of "This Flight Tonight" is the highlight of the article. Writer Stephen Dick discusses the structure of the song in detail, commenting on how it "says a lot about Mitchell's approach to guitar playing and music making." Describing Blue as "full of passion and vivid imagery," Dick's story commemorates what is often considered one of the high points of Joni's career, serving to introduce new listeners and remind those who may have forgotten about the wonderful gift she gave us back in 1971.

Joni's getting a lot of coverage in guitar magazines lately -- an article about her innovative guitar chords (and more) appeared recently in the UK as well, in the April issue of Total Guitar magazine.
 

Mar 18, 2001: March 18, 2001

More of Joni's early lyrics have turned up! Joni's lighthearted take on "London Bridge" was a crowd pleaser from the mid-sixties, before she signed her first recording contract. This transcription includes the spoken patter that, along with her music, endeared her to club audiences back in those early days when she was playing smaller, more intimate venues, the type of performance Joni has always enjoyed most. Check out the "Unreleased On Record" page for lyrics to this and many other rare and unreleased songs.
 

Mar 5, 2001: March 5, 2001

Joni picked up a Juno Award last night in the "Best Vocal Jazz Album" category for her Both Sides Now CD! Joni wasn't present to receive the award at the ceremony, which was broadcast from Hamilton, Ontario. As with the Grammy awards last month, the category in which Joni was nominated wasn't televised.
 

Mar 3, 2001: March 3, 2001

Joni's hit song "Help Me" will be on Oh What A Feeling 2, the second box set in a series that celebrates Canadian music with a collection of hits by Canada's finest musicians. Music journalist and co-executive producer Larry Leblanc told Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio that "Joni Mitchell wasn't on the first box set because she was between management, but she was the first to sign on for the second set, I'm proud to say." The release of the four CD package, the proceeds of which are donated to charity, was timed to coincide with the March 4 Juno awards presentation, where Joni is nominated in the "Best Vocal Jazz Album" category.

Although press coverage of Joni's Grammy Award was, in my opinion, woefully underreported (couldn't they have at least televised it?), Amazon.com recently disclosed sales info that clearly showed viewers' interest, in spite of the lack of coverage: Online purchases of the Both Sides Now CD shot up an eye-popping 821% after the awards telecast!
 

Feb 21, 2001: February 21, 2001

She's done it again! Joni's Grammy collection increased in size tonight at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards, as she took home her well-deserved "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" honors for the Both Sides Now CD. Arranger/Conductor Vince Mendoza won as well, in the "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s)" category for "Both Sides Now" (this award is given for singles or specific tracks). Although the "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" Grammy went to Macy Gray, we have plenty to be happy about!

Joni's win wasn't televised, but viewers got to see her present the "Record of the Year" award with Carlos Santana, which went to U2 for "Beautiful Day." Dressed in a green Issey Miyake gown that she'd also worn on some of the Both Sides Now tour stops, Joni was in a mischievous mood as she walked out and announced "Well, the great Carlos Santana and I are really representing all the other teen acts tonight!" After a gracious Santana took the opportunity to say that it was "a joy and an honor to be here, and to be next to the gifted and talented Joni Mitchell," Joni was ready to get down to business. "Well, enough of all this mutual admiration," she said, returning the compliment: "Carlos, I sincerely love your work." Finished announcing the nominees, Carlos ripped the envelope open as Joni peered over his shoulder. "And the award goes to... John Coltrane!" they announced in near unison, laughing. No, no, "U2 for 'Beautiful Day,'" Carlos quickly added as they stepped back from the microphone giggling, making way for the band and Producer Daniel Lanois at the podium. Joni presented Bono with the award, giving him and The Edge a quick congratulatory smooch before moving off to the side. I wonder if she put Carlos up to that one.
 

Feb 15, 2001: February 15, 2001

Joni has signed on as a presenter at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards presentation on February 21, according to an announcement by The Recording Academy. As most Joni fans already know, last year's Both Sides Now CD put Joni and Co. in the running for three of the awards (as announced on January 3): Joni's nominated for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" and "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album," and Arranger/Conductor Vince Mendoza picked up two nominations in the "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s)" category.
 

Feb 9, 2001: February 9, 2001

The Juno Awards will be broadcast across Canada on March 4, with Joni's Both Sides Now up for an award in the "Best Vocal Jazz Album" category. The Juno nominations were announced on January 27. Not long after the CD was released last year, Joni sat down with interviewer Jana Lynne White for an hour-long interview on the popular "Speak Easy" program, broadcast on Canada's Much More Music channel. Follow the link below for Andrew Ritchie's complete transcription of the interview.

THE "SPEAK EASY" INTERVIEW
 

Jan 26, 2001: January 26, 2001

Joniphile Gary Zack recently uncovered the lyrics to a very early song of Joni's called "The Midnight Cowboy Song" (not the song from the movie), which was performed by an artist named Donal Leace on his 1972 album. It's sure to be of interest to the many people who enjoy learning about Joni's early songwriting. A very rare find -- many thanks to Gary for his sleuthing and transcription work. You can see the lyrics to this and many other rare unreleased Joni songs at the site's "Unreleased On Record" page.
 

Jan 19, 2001: January 19, 2001

VH1 is running a five-part feature, hosted by Jeff Bridges, on "The 100 Greatest Albums in Rock 'N' Roll." Joni's classic album Blue checks in at number 14 (the top spot went to the Beatles' Revolver). Albums for the list was chosen by a panel of musicians and rock journalists.
 

Jan 10, 2001: January 10, 2001

Billboard reported today that Warner Bros. has made an agreement with Egreetings.com to create free electronic animated greeting cards featuring Joni's music. The report says that "while the free cards will be available from Egreetings.com, the agreement allows for display of the e-cards on label and artist sites, and the creation of specialized promotional cards for Warner Bros. artists."

The cards, which have actually been available for some time, feature Joni's paintings from the Both Sides Now CD package, along with short cuts of "Both Sides Now" (the original version), "Help Me" and "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio."

I've never heard of it, but Egreetings.com says that January 22 is "Come In From the Cold Day." Hmmm.
 

Jan 3, 2001: January 3, 2001

Joni's Grammy nominations are getting the New Year off to a great start! The 43rd Annual Grammy Award nominations, announced this morning, gave Joni and Vince Mendoza the nod for Both Sides Now in three categories.

In the "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" category, given for singles or tracks only, Joni was nominated for "Both Sides Now" along with Christina Aguilera for "What A Girl Wants," Macy Gray for "I Try," Madonna for "Music," Aimee Mann for "Save Me," and Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again." Certainly an uh, wide-ranging field.

Both Sides Now picked up a nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album." Other nominees include Bryan Ferry's As Time Goes By, It's Like This by Rickie Lee Jones, Songs From the Last Century by George Michael and Timeless—Live In Concert by Barbra Streisand.

Vince Mendoza is certainly well represented in the "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s)" category, which is awarded to the Arranger for singles or tracks only. His arrangements for Joni's "A Case of You" and "Both Sides Now" both received nominations. A third nomination, for his collaboration with Björk and Guy Sigsworth on "I've Seen It All," from Selmasongs, places his name in the hat for over half the nominations in this category, which also includes Nnenna Freelon for "Button Up Your Overcoat" from Soulcall, and Jorge Calandrelli for "Dream," which appears on As Time Goes By (Great Love Songs Of The Century) by Ettore Strata & His Orchestra.

The gala Grammy awards telecast, scheduled for 8 PM EST/PST February 21 on CBS, is expected to reach a worldwide audience of almost 2 billion people in 180 countries.
 

Dec 13, 2000: December 13, 2000

I'm baaack... to some of you who haven't visited lately, it's probably like jm.com never left. But the last few days have been quite eventful: The file space on my server was sold, and off the site went on an unexpected vacation! Thanks to all who offered assistance and encouragement while I was offline. I'm not expecting any more surprises, but never say never, as the old saw goes...
 

Dec 8, 2000: December 8, 2000

Toronto's Elm Street magazine reprinted Ann Bayin's wonderful story recently. This story, originally done for CBC in July, offers a personal perspective that could only come from a close friend. It's really worth reading if you missed it.
 

Nov 30, 2000: November 30, 2000

The Mendel Art Gallery recently released the Fall 2000 issue of Folio, their quarterly magazine. This issue contains a feature article on the voices: Joni Mitchell retrospective exhibition at the Mendel this past summer. The article spotlights comments from various media sources, including journalist/writer and childhood friend Anne Bayin, voices curator Gilles Hébert, and Joni herself.

Hébert says in his Director's Message that voices "propelled the Gallery and the city of Saskatoon into the international spotlight... voices: Joni Mitchell was never conceived of as a homegrown blockbuster, yet it has had a tremendous impact on the Mendel Art Gallery—and become Canada's most talked about exhibition this year."
 

Nov 27, 2000: November 27, 2000

Joni's song "River" became a plot device on the Fox series "Ally McBeal" tonight. Reflecting sadly on his Christmas experience as an absent father, actor Robert Downey Jr.'s character sang a slightly raspy, heartfelt first verse of what perenially worried Ally later called a "hugely depressing song," in a pitch that may have been just a little too high. The complete song is included on the recently released A Very Ally Christmas CD, which for the most part includes lighter fare like "Santa Baby" and "Santa Claus Got Stuck in the Chimney."

"Robert has been making demos for years, but I don't believe he's ever had a record deal," said resident diva Vonda Shepard in an interview earlier this month. "I did 'White Christmas' with him, and he did this great Joni Mitchell song, '[The] River' for the album. He has a really soulful, passionate voice... it sounds deep, kind of a little gruff, with a depth to it. He's like a real singer, and he's got a lot of emotion."
 

Nov 7, 2000: November 7, 2000

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONI! Who knows, she could see this, it's not impossible!

The members of the Joni Mitchell Discussion List contributed several designs and images for Joni's birthday greeting this year. I fashioned a card out of the two images that were picked as favorites, and sent it to Joni from all of us in the Internet Community. Many thanks to Sue Cooper for contributing her painting, and to Rose Joy for her photo collage.
 

Oct 16, 2000: October 16, 2000

A Case of Joni, the tribute CD due out this winter on Reprise, is sure to delight Joni's fans as well as fans of all the artists who have made contributions to it. Here's what we can look forward to hearing on the CD:

PM Dawn, “Night in the City”
Annie Lennox, “Ladies of the Canyon”
Stevie Wonder, “Woodstock”
Janet Jackson, “Beat of Black Wings”
Duncan Sheik, “Court and Spark”
kd lang, “Help Me”
Sarah McLachlan, “Blue”
Elvis Costello, “Edith and the Kingpin”
Chaka Khan, “Hejira”
Etta James, “Amelia”
Elton John, “Free Man In Paris”
Bjork, “Boho Dance”
Lindsey Buckingham with Mick Fleetwood, “Big Yellow Taxi”

Stay tuned – more to come on the A Case of Joni release soon!
 

Sep 29, 2000: September 29, 2000

Joni's classic song "River" (from Blue) is excerpted in Cameron Crowe's nostalgic hit movie "Almost Famous," currently delighting audiences (and even most critics) in theaters across the country. The film offers up a veritable feast of well-known popular music from the early 1970's. Crowe, a longtime fan of Joni's, interviewed her at length in 1979 for Rolling Stone magazine; RollingStone.com has posted the interview, and it's a great read. RollingStone.com also has many other Joni-related features, including a bio, discography and trivia game.
 

Sep 11, 2000: September 11, 2000

Joni's "voices" retrospective at the Mendel Art Gallery closes Sept. 17 after a "smashingly successful" summer run. I'm told attendance at the Gallery more than doubled since the June 30 opening; to date, over 70,000 visitors have viewed the exhibit, traveling to Saskatoon from as far away as France and Australia. The posters and color catalogue from the Mendel have been selling briskly, and are likely headed for a second printing (click here to order them directly from the Mendel Art Gallery website). Look for reviews of the "voices" retrospective this fall in upcoming issues of ArtNews (New York), Elm Street (Toronto), NUVO (Vancouver), Rolling Stone, and the South China Morning Herald (Hong Kong).
 

Sep 1, 2000: September 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly recently released a special issue titled "The 100 Greatest Entertainers 1950-2000," containing an item about each entry on the list. Joni comes in at #66 (What? Only 66?), between Jodie Foster and David Letterman. Joniphiles are sure to notice her always strong connection to visual art when she speaks of searching for her harmonic voice "in the same way that Van Gogh searched for his own color schemes." Each entry also includes a short "best of" list. Numbers 1, 2 and 3: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.
 

Aug 16, 2000: August 16, 2000

Joni's not the only one singing her songs: I've upgraded the "Covered By" page for everybody interested in finding out who sang what. Many thanks to Bob Muller for his input.
 

Aug 11, 2000: August 11, 2000

A Case of Joni, the long awaited tribute CD, is on the way, according to a recent announcement on Reprise Records' website. The announcement reads as follows:

"Elton John, k.d. lang and Janet Jackson will all contribute to A Case of Joni, a tribute album to Joni Mitchell expected this winter, according to Reprise Records. Also contributing to the album will be P.M. Dawn, Lindsey Buckingham, Duncan Sheik, Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan, Björk, Sarah McLachlan, Etta James and Stevie Wonder, who performs a cover of Mitchell's 'Woodstock.'"

LOTS more to come on this, needless to say!
 

Jul 29, 2000: July 29, 2000

Jody Serkes has fought her way through an endless maze of computer malfunctions to bring you her wonderful report on Joni's Chicago (Rosemont) Both Sides Now tour performance; the first section has finally been wrested from what proved to be a very uncooperative hard disk. Read Part One of Jody's beautiful and poetic account of a beautiful and poetic evening.
 

Jul 11, 2000: July 11, 2000

Anne Bayin's beautifully written recollections of her childhood friendship with Joni, her impressions of the "voices" opening at the Mendel, and her unique story about the reunion of two friends who shared many childhood experiences is online at the CBC news site. We seldom get to enjoy this kind of affectionately written personal glimpse into Joni's early years on the prairies. Read about reactions to Joni's very first TV broadcast, comments from early report cards, and view some fascincating old pictures. A gallery of Joni's paintings and a page of links is also featured.
 

Jul 9, 2000: July 9, 2000

I'm still buzzing from attending the opening of "voices-The Art of Joni Mitchell" at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. Follow the link below for a report and pictures from the exhibit. It's a "work in progress," so I'll be putting up more pictures soon. Due to the large number of pictures, it may take a while to load (if you visit this site often enough, you've probably gotten used to that sort of thing).

THE MENDEL REPORT
 

Jul 7, 2000: July 7, 2000

The July 10 issue of Newsweek magazine has a short feature on the "voices"exhibit in their "Periscope" section. They've managed to squeeze a paragraph of text and five pictures into just two thirds of a page. Unfortunately, just the text, not the pictures, made it onto the magazine's website. To see the pics, you'll have to go out and buy a copy.
 

Jul 5, 2000: July 5, 2000

"voices" for sale online: The Mendel Gallery announced today they're offering "voices: The Work of Joni Mitchell" for sale online at the Mendel Gallery website (as well as the "voices" promotional poster). Although there have been delays due to server problems, they say this full color catalogue of Joni's art is "worth the wait," and I agree wholeheartedly!

The Mendel has been inundated with calls lately from people who want to know if the actual paintings from the exhibition are for sale. The official word is that the original paintings are NOT for sale by the Mendel, and that it's important to note that the they're a public art gallery, not art dealers. They tell me that they have no information about paintings for sale.

Too bad… I had a place all picked out in my living room for "The Road to Uncle Lyles #2."
 

Jul 2, 2000: July 2, 2000

Saskatoon flash: This is not the best time for me to have a broken laptop! Still, I had to jump in for a minute to tell you all that the Mendel Gallery opening was a spectacular success. The word "awesome" is overused almost to the point of meaninglessness these days, but not now. Get on the phone and make reservations for Saskatoon! I'll have an opportunity to write and post a longer report (with pictures) about the opening at the end of the week, so stay tuned… I can barely contain myself. It was incredible!
 

Jun 29, 2000: June 29, 2000

Excitement continues to mount in Saskatoon, SK in anticipation of the "voices-Joni Mitchell" opening on Friday at The Mendel Gallery. Joni will be present at the opening, and a crush of art lovers and well-wishers is expected. Although the initial flurry of activity will subside, this is sure to be a major attraction throughout its run at the Mendel (through September 17).

I'm delighted to announce Raffaele Malanga's beautifully designed new feature "Diary of a Decade," a look at Joni's art in the 1980's. Taek a look under the GALLERIES link, or go there directly from the link below. Don't miss this!
 

Jun 9, 2000: June 9, 2000

The Globe and Mail in Toronto ran a feature on Joni and her art yesterday: "I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy," she says in an interview that's sprinkled through the article. Although the pictures have been omitted from the online version, it's still a very interesting read as we anticipate "voices-Joni Mitchell," the extensive retrospective of Joni's artwork opening at The Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, SK June 30, and running through September 17.
 

Jun 6, 2000: June 6, 2000

Jim Savage puts us right up in the front row with his photographs and report on Joni's Camden NJ show, the final performance of the Both Sides Now tour. I've also posted Chili's photos from Wallingford CT, in which he literally puts us front row center, since there was no photographer's area at the foot of the stage! Stay tuned—still more concert coverage to come.

CAMDEN
WALLINGFORD
 

Jun 4, 2000: June 4, 2000

Joni's Both Sides Now tour may be over, but photographs and reports from the tour are still arriving! Today's treat is a load of new pictures from the second Theatre at Madison Square Garden concert in NYC, along with a newly posted official report that is a work of art in itself.

If you went to one of Joni's concerts and would like to post a review of your own, it's not too late to do so—just e-mail it to me. Please note what city you're writing a review for in the subject line of your e-mail message, so I know where it's supposed to be posted! GO TO MSG2 TOUR REPORT
 

Jun 2, 2000: June 2, 2000

I've just learned that the WXPN 67-68 interview show with Joni has been cancelled! However, JoniMitchell.com photographer Steve Polifka took some outstanding pictures at Joni's Chicago show, so maybe that'll make you feel a little better. Sorry about the short notice.

CHICAGO TOUR REPORT
 

May 30, 2000: May 30, 2000

Excerpts from three interviews with Joni from 1967 and 1968 will be broadcast this Friday over the Web from 12 noon—2 PM, EDT at xpn.org. The program is being broadcast in Philadelphia to coincide with Joni's concert there that evening. During one of the three interviews Joni did with Gene Shay, she plays "Both Sides Now," which she had written just a few days earlier.

Michael J. Fitta's report on Joni's Boston concert is now posted. A great read—I think he liked it.

READ MICHAEL'S BOSTON REPORT
 

May 28, 2000: May 28, 2000

Leslie Mixon has announced an auction of her Joni photographs. Click the link below [auction ended] to get a look at the photos, and find out how to bid on them.

You have to read Patrick Leader's report on Joni's Wallingford CT show. Really.

READ PATRICK'S WALLINGFORD REPORT

Comic relief dept: Alert fans are probably all over this, but one of the $16,000 questions on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" last Wednesday night was:

In Joni Mitchell's 1970 song "Big Yellow Taxi," what was paved to "put up a parking lot"?
A. Central Park
B. Her spirit
C. Paradise
D. California

Poor returning champion Toby didn't have a clue. He called older sister Lisa, and she had no idea. He used 50-50, eliminating B and D, and still guessed wrong. They paved Central Park?
 

May 27, 2000: May 27, 2000

The latest round of reports and photos are up in the "Tour Info" section, with updates for three of Joni's concerts: the two New York shows early this week, and a new page for the Meriweather Post concert in Columbia, MD, featuring a great report by Dave Fairall. Click on one of the links below, or click "Tour Info" in the window on the the left hand side of your screen (if you're viewing this page with frames). If you'd like to post your own review of the show, just e-mail your report to me. Important: If you want your report to appear on the site, make sure you tell me what concert you're referring to in the subject line of your message so I don't pass it up by mistake.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THEATRE - NEW YORK CITY 5/22/00
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THEATRE - NEW YORK CITY 5/23/00
MERIWEATHER POST PAVILION REPORT FROM DAVE FAIRALL - COLUMBIA MD 5/25/00
 

May 23, 2000: May 23, 2000

voices: Joni Mitchell is the title of the first large scale retrospective of Joni's artwork, scheduled to open at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, SK on June 30. The Mendel issued their anticipated national press release today, with an international release scheduled for tomorrow.
 

May 22, 2000: May 22, 2000

The Mendel Art Gallery plans a national and international press release tomorrow to announce voices: Joni Mitchell, the first major retrospective of the visual art of Joni Mitchell. Watch for more news tomorrow!

Lots of new photos are up in the "Tour Info" section, courtesy of David Mingus and Pearl Weisberg for West Palm Beach, and from Alice Sebrell in Atlanta. Pearl's also written a report that includes the closest thing to a "Joni Fashion Report" I've ever posted, a fun read. New postings from the Internet Community too. If you'd like to post your own review of the show, just e-mail your report to me. Important: If you want your report to appear on the site, make sure you tell me what concert you're referring to in the subject line of your message.

REPORTS FROM WEST PALM BEACH
REPORTS FROM ATLANTA
 

May 21, 2000: May 21, 2000

Joni Mitchell.com reporters David Mingus and Bob Muller have posted their reports on Joni's 5/17 West Palm Beach and 5/19 Atlanta concerts. For those of you who wonder just what happened to that lazy Concord reporter, I'm slogging along, trying to write the report and keep the site going at the same time—sorry it's taking me so long. There are of course more reports posted from readers for all shows, and I'm always looking for more! If you'd like to post your own review of the show, just e-mail your report to me. Important: If you want your report to appear on the site, make sure you tell me what concert you're referring to in the subject line of your message.

THE MINGUS REPORT FROM WEST PALM BEACH
THE MULLER REPORT FROM ATLANTA
 

May 19, 2000: May 19, 2000

Peter Erskine, Joni's drummer on the BSN tour, sent me a message today, telling me that the vast majority of orchestra members who have "found themselves invited [well, technically, 'contracted'] to play in these concerts have been extremely excited to do so, either because of their own connections to Joni's music, or by the sheer beauty of the collaboration of Vince Mendoza's incredible writing and Joni's wonderful rendering of the music. And it has been a pure delight to see Joni having so much fun with the music." to share with all of you:

Greetings to all Joni Mitchell fans. You have all been a tremendous inspiration; the audience response has been most gratifying for all of us associated with the show. It is an honor and privilege to play the drums on this tour.

Just a short note concerning the overture (prompted by no one seeming to recognize it, as well as one website reviwer/contributor claiming the music had "no relevance" to the evening ...); the piece has great relevance, as it was chosen by Joni (and Larry and Vince): it is Claude Debussy's "Nuages" ("Clouds") from his "Noctournes" suite for orchestra ... the relevance coming not only as a musical statement, but also from the title ("Both Sides Now ... Clouds"). It is meant to set a tone for the rest of the evening.

To all of you who appreciate the artistry of Joni and company, I offer my thanks.

We are all looking forward very much to the next concerts in New York, Washington, Hartford, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and the Philadelphia area!

Peter Erskine

I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you for sending in your thoughts on Joni's concerts. Looking forward to hearing from you Atlanta folks now, too! Just e-mail your report to me. Important: If you want your report to appear on the site, make sure you tell me what concert you're referring to in the subject line of your message, otherwise I might miss it.
 

May 16, 2000: May 16, 2000

Joni Mitchell.com reporter Michael Paz has posted his report on Joni's 5/12 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. I've also posted plenty of reports from readers.

THE PAZ REPORT

The "Test Your TV Memory" contest has ended. I'll be announcing the winners of the "Conversations" CD soon, courtesy of Reprise.
 

May 12, 2000: May 12, 2000

Joni's "Both Sides Now" tour starts tonight at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. JoniMitchell.com reporters and photographers will be at all the shows, and I'll be posting pictures and reports from them for each performance. Check the "Tour Info" section of the site often for updates. We'll all follow Joni together on her tour for the latest news about what's sure to be one memorable, moving performance after another.

Are you going to one of Joni's concerts? Send me your review! In addition to reports by official reporters, I'd love to hear from anyone who wants to send in their own report. I'll post all of your reviews along with the JoniMitchell.com report for every show on the tour. Just e-mail your report to me. Important: If you want your report to appear on the site, make sure you tell me what concert you're referring to in the subject line of your message so I don't get everything messed up!
 

May 9, 2000: May 9, 2000

Joni has started rehearsals in preparation for the "Both Sides Now" tour, which kicks off this Friday at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Her busy schedule forced cancellation of Monday's anticipated appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno;" another appearance on the show hasn't been scheduled at this point. I'm told that rehearsals are moving along nicely. Tickets are still available at some venues, so if you don't have seats yet it's still worth a try.

There's still time to enter the "Test Your TV Memory" contest. See how much you remember about the show and enter for your chance to win the exclusive "Conversations" interview with Joni CD, courtesy of Reprise. Walk through Both Sides Now with Joni and listen to her reflections on the songs and the sessions. Hurry, contest ends May 12.
 

May 8, 2000: May 8, 2000

Add a little Joni to your day: Sorry for the short notice, but I just received word that Joni will be interviewed on RadioWoodstock.com's Organic channel TODAY at 1 PM EDT. Here's the notice:

JONI MITCHELL speaks intimately on the making of her new album, Both Sides Now, which she has called "a history of love in the twentieth century." Hear why the 71-piece back-up orchestra wept during recording session playbacks. Webcast at 1 p.m. ET on RadioWoodstock.com's Organic Channel.

I hope they archive the interview so those of us who missed it will be able to listen to it later! I'll let you know if they do.

"Tonight Show with Jay Leno" reminder: Don't miss Joni tonight on "the Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Unlike David Letterman, he'll probably talk to her for longer than ten seconds after she performs. Check local listings for time.
 

May 2, 2000: May 2, 2000

We have another television treat to look forward to: Joni's going to be on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" next Monday, May 8. (Check local listings for time.) I can't wait to see what she performs!

I've been getting email from folks who missed VH1's "Behind The Music: 1970" program, during which there's an interview with Joni. If you want to catch the program again, here are the rebroadcast dates, check local listings to confirm time, of course:

Thu. 5/4, 11:30 PM (10:30 Central)
Sat. 5/6, 10 PM (9 PM Central)
Tues. 5/16 10 PM (9 PM Central)
Sat. 5/20, 10 PM (9 PM Central)
Sun. 5/21, 7 PM, (6 PM Central)

"Both Sides Now" tour news for Atlanta: Tickets for Joni's May 19 performance at Chastain Park in Atlanta have finally gone on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster (they've only been available to concert series subscribers until now).
 

Apr 29, 2000: April 29, 2000

"1970: Behind The Music" will feature Joni tomorrow (along with a number of other artists) with a "sneak preview" at 11 AM EDT. The program will be broadcast again at 9 PM EDT. Here's what RockOnTV.com has to say about the show:

" '1970: Behind the Music' traces the musical and social currents of a year which has come to represent a fascinating watershed in American life, one reflected by concurrent shifts of politics and popular culture, and one in which a climate of militant confrontation and violence ultimately gives way to quieter, soul-fulfilling journeys. Interviews include Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Bernie Taupin, James Taylor, Isaac Hayes, Judy Collins, Tom Hayden, Paul Krassner, Bobby Seale, G. Gordon Liddy, Erica Jong and Robert Altman. RockOnTV - the ultimate guide to music on television.

Finally, my usual caveat: Be sure to check your local listings to verify the broadcast time in your area.
 

Apr 26, 2000: April 26, 2000

The May issue of Down Beat magazine features Joni on the cover and contains an interview with her they've dubbed "Jazz Romance." They describe her as "an artist transformed, with the phrasing, intonation and timbre of a classic jazz singer in the mold of Billie Holiday, but with a swagger and intelligence all her own," detailing how she came to performing an album with a complete orchestra. Of her interaction with the players,"The best analogy that I can come up with is surfing," Joni says. She tells the interviewer that she was very alert: "There was a lot of internal movement in these chords. Every time I sang it, I sang it differently. My parts weren't written out, so I tried different things. It was really a thrill." An unusual and interesting part of this article is the fact that Vince Mendoza was interviewed as well. His comments about how he approached the arrangements add a dimension to the picture that we haven't heard much about until now. A whimsical exchange near the end of the interview has Joni thinking that "Maybe we could make [the tour] like a black and white movie, with the curtain going up… People don't dress for the theater any more. This show would be a nice occasion to dress up." I'd better go dust off that tux.
 

Apr 21, 2000: April 21, 2000

The Concord Pavilion, near San Francisco (actually, it's now called the "Chronicle Pavilion at Concord") is running a contest to win a VIP package for Joni's 5/13 concert. The VIP package includes a pair of VIP Box Seat tickets to the show, a pair of hospitality passes to the Pavilion's Marquee Club and a VIP Parking Pass. A winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and notified the week prior to the show.

I hope everybody's managed to see (or tape) "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" by now, because as far as I know it isn't going to be rebroadcast again (someone please let me know if I'm wrong about this). I know a lot of people were hoping there would be a CD or video of the show, but I'm afraid it's also been reported that there will not be one available for purchase.

There's also been an increase in e-mail with questions about Joni's paintings since the Tribute show, so here's a recap for you folks: Joni's paintings are seldom available for purchase, and reprints have been difficult to come by as well. This situation is about to improve, though—The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, SK will be offering prints of her work in a color catalogue that will be released to coincide with the opening of the VOICES exhibit at the Mendel on June 30.
 

Apr 19, 2000: April 19, 2000

Last chance... for now, anyway, to see "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell." It's to be rebroadcast tonight on TNT at 12:30 AM Thursday (that's half past midnight Wednesday night). So if you missed it, or if you want to catch it again, check your local listings to verify that the broadcast time is the same in your area, and make sure that VCR is set up correctly!
 

Apr 18, 2000: April 18, 2000

If you missed Katie Couric's interview with Joni last week, don't despair: You can view it right here on the Web [no longer available], with the Windows Media Player (it's available for free if you don't, via a link on the NBC site). A transcript of the interview is also posted there, if you have a slow connection or would rather just read it.
 

Apr 17, 2000: April 17, 2000

I've received an avalanche of email today about "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," which aired last night on TNT. The response has been overwhelmingly positive—all I can say is it's about time. Congratulations to the performers, TNT and Automatic Productions for honoring Joni with this well put together (and sometimes very moving) program. And, although I guess it goes without saying, thanks forever to Joni for making it all possible. Seeing Joni get something back for all the gifts she gives to us brings joy to the heart of many a Joniphile.

I also got a lot of email from disappointed folks who somehow missed the show (mostly due to uncooperative VCRs) and are hoping it'll be on again. The good news is that the show will be rebroadcast late Wednesday night (well, actually it's early Thursday morning), at half past midnight. Always check local listings to make sure the broadcast time is the same in your area.

Another big email topic: hopes that the concert will be available on video or CD. I'm checking into this and will let you know what I find out.

The "Test Your TV Memory" contest is here! See how much you remember about the show and enter for your chance to win the exclusive "Conversations" interview with Joni CD, courtesy of Reprise.
 

Apr 16, 2000: April 16, 2000

Tonight's the night! Check your local listings so you don't miss "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" on TNT. The story on the taping of the show is now up, so follow that link for a sneak preview.
 

Apr 14, 2000: April 14, 2000

More news for New Yorkers: Ticketmaster.com is showing that tickets for the second Joni concert at the Madison Square Garden Theatre, scheduled for 5/23/00, will go on sale at 12:00 noon on Monday, April 17, 2000 (the Madison Square Garden website doesn't have this info up on their site yet).

I've gotten a lot of e-mail asking if there are any additional tour dates planned for other cities. I wish I had better news for you, but what's on the Tour Info page is it for now. If any other dates are scheduled, I'll post an announcement right away, needless to say!
 

Apr 13, 2000: April 13, 2000

Maybe this is more detail than you need, but in the interest of precision, NBC tells me Katie Couric's interview with Joni on the "Today" show is airing tomorrow morning, Friday 4/14, at 8:18 AM. Elian Gonzalez is the big news story these days, so if there's something important going on with him the interview could get pushed out of the way to accomodate breaking news.

I've finished part two of the story on the taping of "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 16 on TNT.
 

Apr 12, 2000: April 12, 2000

NBC has told me that Katie Couric's interview with Joni on the "Today" show is scheduled to run during the 8AM—9AM hour this Friday, April 14. Since "Today" is a news program, there's always the chance that breaking news will disrupt the schedule, but for now, all systems are go for Friday.

Watch for a new contest on JoniMitchell.com this Sunday, courtesy of Reprise! Winners will receive the exclusive "Conversations" interview with Joni CD. This interview will not be broadcast, so copies of the CD are sure to become a sought after item. The questions for the contest will be about TNT's "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," which is going to be broadcast this Sunday, April 16. Watch closely so you'll know all the answers! I'll post the contest questions Monday, April 17 and you'll have until Friday, May 12 (the first day of Joni's "Both Sides Now" tour) to send in your answers. Winners will be chosen at random from those entries with the most correct answers. More info about the contest and CD to come soon.
 

Apr 10, 2000: April 10, 2000

The story on "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 16 on TNT, is now up on the site. Thanks to Pearl Weisberg for the performance photos.

A reminder: Joni's going to be on Rosie this afternoon (check local listings for time). As reported earlier, Joni dazzles the audience with "Answer Me My Love" and "Both Sides Now," and has a fun, in depth conversation with Rosie about a wide range of topics. A partial list: How she got the desire to record with the orchestra, the cover paintings, the energizing she gets from this work, the song cycle concept.

I'm told that Rosie and Co. went out of their way to create a special event for Joni, Rosie and their fans. Special attention was paid to camera angles, and the rich romantic aura of the music is enhanced by special lighting. They allowed additional rehearsal time so Joni, Larry Klein and Vince Mendoza could make it all sound just right. The word is that professionalism and fun abounded. A must see.
 

Apr 9, 2000: April 9, 2000

Atlanta ticket woes: Ever since the dates for the BSN tour were announced, ticket info for the 5/19 show at Chastain Park in Atlanta has been by far the hardest to come by. I've repeatedly checked their website and found nothing. No mention at Ticketmaster. Phone messages to their office weren't returned. Grrrr.

Many thanks to Ellie Harmon in Atlanta for helping to clear up some of the confusion. She tells me that Joni is coming as a part of a summer concert series at Chastain (similar to the setup at LA's Greek Theatre). If you're willing to buy tickets for at least 2 shows (a "mini-series"), you can do so now. Call (404) 233-2227 or print out an order form at the Chastain site to send to them by mail. If you want to buy a ticket for ONLY the Joni show, you have to wait until tickets for single shows go on sale to the public, which will only happen after the series and mini-series ticket holders have their seats.
 

Apr 8, 2000: April 8, 2000

A lot of people think last Thursday night was long overdue, but the taping of "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" turned out to be an evening the audience will remember for a long time to come. Next Sunday, April 16 on TNT, we'll all get to watch a radiant Joni receive the celebration she so richly deserves, as she enjoys performances of her songs by some the world's best-known musicians.

Hearing interpretations by this diverse group of artists demonstrates yet again the complexity, nuance and versatility of her songs. The performers themselves are in awe as they play Joni's songs for her. "I've played for the Queen of England and it's not so intimidating," says Elton.

Numerous high points throughout the show build to that special moment near the end when Joni takes the stage to sing "Both Sides Now." I'm told there were people in the audience sobbing uncontrollably (let's hope the cameras left them alone).

Although some performers (Chaka Khan, Stone Temple Pilots) were forced to cancel due to illness, and the challenges of a venue with less-than-perfect acoustics will probably require some post-production before the show airs, "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" is sure to be something no Joni fan will want to miss. More about the taping (and more pictures) to come soon.
 

Apr 5, 2000: April 5, 2000

The "Rosie O'Donnell Show" taping was yesterday. It doesn't air until April 10 (Monday), but it certainly sounds worth the wait. Joni dazzles the audience with "Answer Me My Love" and "Both Sides Now," and has a fun, in depth conversation with Rosie about a wide range of topics. A partial list: How she got the desire to record with the orchestra, the cover paintings, the energizing she gets from this work, the song cycle concept.

We also get a fascinating insight into interpretive singing, as Joni talks about the needs of interpreting these songs differently than what she does with her own compositions.

I'm told that Rosie and Co. went out of their way to create a special event for Joni, Rosie and their fans. They actually removed the "home base"set for this taping, and had to replace it before the next day's live show. Special attention was paid to camera angles, and the rich romantic aura of the music is enhanced by special lighting. They allowed additional rehearsal time so Joni, Larry Klein and Vince Mendoza could make it all sound just right. The word is that professionalism and fun abounded. A must see.
 

Apr 3, 2000: April 3, 2000

You're in for a treat on David Letterman tonight! My source at the show's taping saw Joni perform "At Last" and sent this report:

"Was amazing. She wore a full length beige knit dress and long purple scarf. Her hair gleaming straight. Very composed and in fantastic control of that amazing voice. Dave jokes with her after the commercial break, 'And that band, who's picking up the bill for that. God bless the record company.'

"Well, if they really pick up the tab, consider that tiger tamed.

"About 50 people were gathered at the stage door after the show when Joni emerged, stopping to greet her fans before getting into the limo. One woman in her 50s called to her that her favorite song was 'Urge For Going.' 'Thank you!,' she called back, really genuinely touched. She signed an autograph for the woman from the window of the limo. The woman was so happy I had to give her a hug!

"Joni was glowing with affection for this crowd. Oh, these shows are going to be SO wonderful. This music is making her so happy, you can feel it from 100 feet away."

I'm jealous. I wish I'd been there myself! A word of caution: The show might be on later than the usual time in some areas due to sports coverage. Double check to be sure you don't carefully set your VCR, only to find that you've taped a basketball game.
 

Mar 30, 2000: March 30, 2000

The Mendel Art Gallery has issued complete information on VOICES.

I've also been advised that Joni's appearance on Rosie is going to be broadcast on April 10, not the 6th, as was originally reported.

Ticket madness updates: I've been able to confirm that tickets for the taping of "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom will go on sale Friday, March 31. I've received reports of ticket sales starting at noon. The tickets are also supposed to go onsale through Ticketmaster, although there's no information about it on their website; if they're offering tickets, Ticketmaster sales may begin at 9AM so it would be a good idea to call early and find out. There are only a very small number of tickets available, so the earlier the better, as far as I'm concerned — they're bound to go fast.
 

Mar 29, 2000: March 29, 2000

voices, the long-awaited retrospective of Joni's artwork opening on June 30 at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, SK has been extended from September 3 to September 17, so they can accomodate as many patrons as possible. More to come soon on this very exciting exhibition.

Ticket info for the BSN tour has also been updated, as I continue chasing down info from the different venues.
 

Mar 28, 2000: March 28, 2000

It looks like Joni's going to be busy during her upcoming visit to New York: In addition to attending the April 6 taping of TNT's "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" at the Hammerstein Ballroom, she'll be appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" April 3, and on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" on April 6 (update: this has been changed to 4/10). She's also scheduled to be interviewed by Katie Couric on the "Today" show during that week.

I've heard reports that a small number of tickets will go on sale April 30 for the taping of "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell." I haven't been able to confirm that information—tickets may not go on sale until March 31 or possibly even later. I'll post an update about ticket information for the taping as soon as I receive confirmation info.
 

Mar 26, 2000: March 26, 2000

For those of you who have experienced playback problems with Joni's Millenium Project interview on NicheTV.com's Year2000 channel (28.8 and some 56K modems have problems with the video), Kay Ashley has been kind enough to provide me with a transcript. It's better with the video, of course, if your computer hardware can handle it; Scroll down to the 3-15-00 entry on this page for more info about the interview. READ TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW (If you're having playback problems due to a slow connection)
 

Mar 24, 2000: March 24, 2000

Lovers of Joni's visual art will be delighted to hear that the first-ever retrospective of Joni's artwork, called VOICES, runs from June 30 to September 3 at the Mendel Art Gallery in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (3/29 update: the exhibition will now run until September 17); there are plans to tour the exhibition in Canada (and perhaps internationally) after that. Joni is expected to attend the opening reception. An article in the March 18 Toronto Star reports that gallery director and curator Gilles Hebert says the show's 80 works include "everything from her felt-marker and line drawings of the '60s, to photo-based work of the '80s and her recent oil-based paintings." A 64-page, full-color, hard-cover catalogue of the exhibition, as well as a life-size poster of one of the works commemorating the exhibition, will also be available. A formal media release is expected within the next two weeks.
 

Mar 23, 2000: March 23, 2000

Read Sybil McGuire's great "Both Sides of Mitchell" interview from the Spring 2000 issue of pro.qb (Progressive Quarterback) magazine, an industry publication that has devoted this issue to the future of Progressive radio. Joni discusses the new CD, plans for exhibiting her artwork, her guitar tunings, and the "Web people" during the interview, which is dedicated to Wally—my sincere thanks to Sybil for her thoughtfulness.

I'm uncovering ticket information for the BSN tour in bits and pieces, posting it as it comes in. Check the tour page often for the latest news by clicking on the link below or by clicking on TOUR INFO from the menu on the left side of your screen. I hope to post updates frequently until all the information you need is up there—if you have news on ticket availability that I don't have yet and can verify, please e-mail me and let me know!
 

Mar 22, 2000: March 22, 2000

"An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" update: The TNT show will be taped April 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Richard Thompson is now a confirmed guest, and Chaka Khan has been mentioned as a possibility. I'll post ticket info as soon as it becomes available.
 

Mar 21, 2000: March 21, 2000

To the delight of music lovers, Joni effortlessly shifts territory yet again with her new CD Both Sides Now, in general release as of today. Her voice is smoky velvet as she traces the "arc of a romantic relationship" in this stunningly orchestrated collection of some of her favorite standards, along with new versions of "A Case of You" and "Both Sides Now." Much more than a simple rehash of songs from the past, Joni's interpretations take the songs to new places, fulfilling her desire to keep the project progressive and not just a "curio." It's waiting for you now at your friendly local music merchant.
 

Mar 18, 2000: March 18, 2000

More guests have been announced for "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," scheduled to be broadcast on the TNT Network on April 16, at 9 PM EST/PST: Shawn Colvin, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and Wynonna are now confirmed in addition to Elton John, k.d. lang and "special guests," who were announced previously. Ashley Judd will host.

Also, the April issue of Life magazine has a short article on Joni, in which she talks about the current state of popular music (no, it's not a pretty picture). She also talks about how she "beat polio at nine, mystically" (I remember her telling Wally and me about this last October). The article is accompanied by a beautiful new black and white photo. Life will cease regular publication in May — at least they're going out on a high note!
 

Mar 17, 2000: March 17, 2000

Here's what we've been waiting for -- the final tour date schedule! As expected, it's similar to the tentative schedule that was posted on 3/9, with a few revisions. Ticket information to follow -- I'll get it to you as soon as I can. Ohhh, this is going to be great…!!
 

Mar 15, 2000: March 15, 2000

In an exclusive, sobering Internet appearance on NicheTV.com's Year2000 channel, Joni talks about the "impossible dream" of "undoing our electrical appetite" and explains why she hasn't been optimistic about the future of the planet for quite some time. Although it's being promoted as an "interview," I don't think I actually heard another voice more than once. The program is around nine minutes long, and is part of the Millenium Project produced by Kathryn Walker. I found it well worth watching, even with the hassles of RealVideo. Other interviews on the Year2000 channel include James Taylor, writer Joan Dideon, and actress Kelly Lynch.
 

Mar 14, 2000: March 14, 2000

Joni is scheduled for a guest appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday, April 3. Dave's show may not be the only TV appearance she makes during this swing through New York, so stay tuned for further details!
 

Mar 10, 2000: March 10, 2000

In an effort to make waiting in that long supermarket line a little easier to bear, the March 20 issue of People magazine contains a human-interest style feature article on Joni that touches on numerous topics, but focuses primarily on her relationship with daughter Kilauren. In addition to new and old photographs, there are plenty of quotes from Joni sprinkled throughout the story, as well as comments from Larry Klein and Shawn Colvin.
 

Mar 3, 2000: March 3, 2000

A full page ad on the back cover of Billboard< announced "An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell" on TNT Network next month. Elton John, k.d. lang and "special guests" are among the artists who will appear on the program, scheduled for broadcast on the TNT Network on April 16 at 9 PM EST/PST. Additional artists are expected to confirm soon. The Billboard ad, which promotes Both Sides Now as "A Classics Love Affair," is a detail of the "heart on her sleeve" picture from the CD package enlarged to approximately two-thirds life size, making many of the brush strokes clearly visible.
 

Mar 2, 2000: March 2, 2000

Bradford Community Broadcasting in West Yorkshire, England broadcast a 78-minute program today devoted to Both Sides Now, airing the entire CD in addition to playing the Miles of Aisles versions of "Both Sides Now" and "A Case of You." Comparative excerpts from Glenn Miller ("At Last"), Billie Holiday ("Comes Love") and Buddy Greco ("I Wish I Were In Love Again") were also included in the program, providing an interesting added perspective. Produced by Tim Moon, the show was simulcast over the Internet in RealAudio. Host Karl Dallas made mostly favorable comments on the music, tracing the story Joni tells through the songs. Although I disagreed with some of the analysis and was put off at one point by a bit of stale innuendo, I enjoyed the program and am always glad when Joni gets some richly deserved airplay, even with the inherent RealAudio sound flaws.

The broadcast is likely to be archived so it can be heard later. I'll let you know what the URL for the archive is when it becomes available.
 

Feb 28, 2000: February 28, 2000

We bid a fond farewell to Wally on the 19th.
 

Feb 23, 2000: February 23, 2000

Joni was interviewed by Ross Porter earlier this month on "The National News Magazine," which aired on Canada's CBC-TV. As always, she didn't disappoint as she responded to questions about her family's reaction to the Both Sides Now CD, her painting, "jumping on the jazz bandwagon" (?!?) and more.
 

Feb 17, 2000: February 17, 2000

I received a message from Reprise today about damaged disks in the "Both Sides Now" Limited Edition Package (the information below was updated 2/22/00). Here 'tis:
It appears that, due to assembly error, a small number of CD's in the Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now" Limited Edition package may have become scratched.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will gladly replace any damaged disc. Please send the damaged disc only (not the limited edition packaging) along with your name, mailing address and phone number to:

Warner Bros. Records
Quality Assurance, Joni Mitchell Replacement Disc
3300 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
or call (877) 225-8130

I hope this info is helpful!
 

Feb 16, 2000: February 16, 2000

A note to friends of Wally: As he requested, I'll be scattering his ashes over the ocean, sailing out at this Saturday at noon (PST). It's a full moon, and Kilauren's birthday -- he'd like that.

This would be a good time for a joint rememberance: light a candle, say a prayer, have a moment of silence, hum your favorite song, whatever you like. He'll get the message. If you want, drop me a line and tell me what you did so I can keep it in my rememberance book.

I still can't believe this is happening. I half expect him to call me up from his place, asking when I'm coming over. My pal. Sigh.

Many thanks to Kate in CO for keeping JMDL folks up to date.
 

Feb 15, 2000: February 15, 2000

Reprise advised me that they're having some problems with the BSN Limited Edition package, and asked me to send their apologies to anybody who's been inconvenienced. They tell me that they're working on a quick resolution "as we speak," so hang in there! I'll post any updates I receive on this as soon as I get them.
 

Feb 10, 2000: February 10, 2000

Leslie reports that an article in the February 12 issue of Billboard magazine contains a number of "startling revelations." Although the cities weren't mentioned, a 12 city tour is in the works; Joni will perform with local symphony orchestras. And yes, there is a single, by the way -- the title track will be serviced to triple-A, jazz, adult standards, and NPR radio stations on February 15.

Reprise has inked a deal with the TNT network to produce a BSN television special that may recreate the record. In the early stages of lining up an "extensive awareness campaign," they're also negotiating a deal with A&E, and they're talking with VH-1 as well.

BSN is the first of a symphonic trilogy; the second part will be all Joni's songs. "You know," she explained, "it will be stuff like ("Judgement Of The Moon And Stars [Ludwig's Tune]", as she told Wally back in October), from 1972's 'For The Roses.' I had to do it low budget with just one violin player originally, so it would be a thrill to take material and orchestrate it for a big orchestra."

The article says that for now, she'll be concentrating on her painting and has no plans to write any new material: "Not unless something comes along," Joni said. "I'm a painter that got sidetracked. You know, recently I sensed my mortality, and the painting is not fully developed. The music is pretty much fully developed and the (music) game up until recently kind of kicked me out. It kicked me out years ago. It excommunicated me for one reason or other. So seeing the best of your work designated into the obscure department doesn't make you have much hope for culture, you know what I mean?"

The third part of the trilogy will be a Christmas album. Joni calls it "Have Yourself A Dreary Little Christmas." This album will consist of "four of my 'something bad always happens to me on Christmas' songs, four secular Christmas songs, and four carols. I want to make a play out of it."

One very interesting thing I hadn't heard before this interview was that the song Joni found most difficult to take on was "At Last," a signature song for Etta James. "I first heard that song, oddly enough, in a tampon commercial," Joni said. "Every time I'd hear it, I'd run towards the TV and crank it up because just as it was (fading) down in the first verse, she'd hit a couple of notes and all the hair on my arms would stand up and God came in and landed on her for four or five notes. Hardly any singers ever, no matter how good they are, get God to come in."
 

Feb 8, 2000: February 8, 2000

Arriving just in time for Valentines Day, Joni's Both Sides Now Limited Edition CD is available in stores today. Looking like a classy box of candy, the cleverly designed package includes gorgeous lithographs of four of Joni's paintings, along with lyrics and other CD notes. And the music here is as sweet as the contents of any box of candy: What Joni has described as "a history of love in the twentieth century" is a collection of lush and beautiful interpretations of some of her favorite standards, along with new versions of "A Case of You" and "Both Sides Now." Much more than a simple rehash of songs from the past, Joni has taken the songs to new places, fulfilling her desire to keep the project progressive and not just a "curio."

"It just seemed like a reminder had to made of what the bloody stuff is supposed to be, you know? And who was great," Joni told Billboard magazine recently. "Today, you see all these little puff creatures with unbelievably little talent. That's what the record company wants."

Elegantly performed over three days at George Martin's Air Studios in London, Joni traverses myriad emotional peaks and valleys as she tells an affecting story, tracing what co-producer Larry Klein describes in the notes as "the arc of a modern romantic relationship." The backup ranges from a 71-piece orchestra to a 22-piece big band ensemble.

I remember Joni telling Wally and me about the ecstatic reaction of the orchestra members during the recording session, giving her standing ovations and actually weeping as they heard the playbacks of her new versions of "Both Sides Now" and "A Case of You." "That was very touching to me," she said during the Billboard interview, "because classical orchestras are typically jaded: A lot of them, their mother wouldn't let them go out and play and some of them are mean-spirited, and they're always reading The Wall Street Journal behind their music staffs."
 

Feb 4, 2000: February 4, 2000

It's time for the news none of us have wanted to hear. My best pal is gone, slipping away peacefully just before 9:30 PM (although the official pronouncement came slightly after midnight). I can't really pull it together to do much more than post this short message right now, but I promise to write more soon.

Love, Jim
 

Jan 25, 2000: January 25, 2000

A Message to my friends

I feel that I know many of you well enough to send this personal message out. As a matter of fact, I do know many of you well enough.

I've avoided this for as long as I can, but I'm afraid it's time to say goodbye. I've tried just about every treatment there is to try, so the focus has shifted to keeping as comfortable as possible. I'm getting weaker, finally too weak to devote the necessary energy to JoniMitchell.com.

I won't try to describe the effect Joni's music and life have had on me -- I'd just get tangled up in my own words. (I think many of you understand already.) I can definitely say that creating JoniMitchell.com has contributed greatly to my well-being in recent years as I've fought this disease.

I've always tried to keep us Joni fans together by developing content that enhances our collective experience and appreciation of a person I firmly believe to be one of the great artists of our time. I've tried always to separate honest fact from chatter. I feel lucky and honored to have lived during a time when it was possible for a "regular guy" like me to feel that he'd helped create a community to promote an artist. Joni has given us so much, and I wanted to do what I could to give something back to her. I hope my efforts have met with at least some success.

My heartfelt thanks go out to the long list of very special people who helped contribute to JoniMitchell.com's success. Your feedback and friendship have often served as a well of inspiration.

I also want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with messages of encouragement and support over the course of my illness. The generosity of your kind words has helped to light up many a dark moment, and restored my confidence in the human spirit.

Finally, thank you, Joni. I love you.

My longtime friend Jim, who many of you know or have corresponded with, has often assisted me with design, text and image editing over the years. He knows me and what I want for the site well enough to continue in the spirit I feel for JoniMitchell.com (he's a huge Joni fan, needless to say). Jim will be running the site for the forseeable future, assisted by a few other friends I've worked with over the years. He's spending most of his time taking care of me right now, but you'll hear from him soon.

It's been my great joy and privilege to bring JoniMitchell.com to the Internet community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love you've sent my way. I wish you music, happiness and fulfillment in your lives, and I hope we meet again!

All My Love,
Wally
 

Jan 20, 2000: January 20, 2000

About Wally

I know a lot of you are concerned about Wally's condition, and I wish I had better news for you. There just isn't much to cheer about around here these days, although a few little silver linings pop up here and there. As some of you know, Wally's a very private person who doesn't want to push too much of his story onto his JoniMitchell.com friends day after day. At the same time, he's always been moved by the love and support he's received while fighting his illness, and asked me to send out this update. Since he hasn't posted an update since November, I guess I have some writing to do.

One little silver lining is the fact that Wally got to visit with Joni before he became too sick, although he had intermittent problems throughout the weekend. (Joni's sensitive, gentle attention to Wally during our visit was a touching thing to behold.) It was only after we got back to San Francisco that we found out what the problem was. One of the many "implants" (small cancer cells in the wall of his pelvis) had suddenly grown quite large, blocking his intestine. He could feel the food moving around inside him, stuck, and as time went on the ever-present nausea worsened. He became completely unable to eat, since there was nowhere for the food to go.

There couldn't have been a worse time for his insurance company to make the whole dilemma more confusing than it already was, but that's what happened. We found out from his oncologist and surgeon (both of whom he liked) that he was no longer able to see them because the insurance company had suddenly cut off coverage for their medical group. Although his primary doctor was still approved, and quickly put a new team together to treat him, having to start with new doctors at that juncture was a traumatic experience. After an unproductive week at the hospital in November, Wally finally left, disgusted, because no course of treatment had been recommended.

Wasting away started to become a real worry. He made an appointment with the new oncologist the following week to see if there were any other treatment options available. The prognosis was grim: Too weak for surgery. Too weak for the toxic effects of chemo. The oncologist recommended against IV feeding because of possible infections at the IV site, and because it would nourish the tumor just as much, likely prolonging the misery. He told us that the end for many colon cancer sufferers comes from malnourishment due to a blockage, and that it's actually one of the easiest ways to go. Not an easy conversation, but the big surprise was the timeline: after Wally walked to the elevator I asked the doctor how much time he had left; he said "probably around three weeks." (That would have had him checking out around December 15.)

Wally was unconvinced about the December 15 deadline, and decided that he wanted to make it to his birthday (February 6). Probably somewhere in between, I thought to myself. Well, he always did have a stubborn streak.

A visit to the new surgeon was only slightly more encouraging. He said there was a small possibility that his colon could be surgically re-routed around the tumor, if Wally could tolerate the procedure. He was offered the option of getting the surgery immediately, or waiting until after the first of the year. He opted for after the first of the year so he could finish getting his affairs together, and because he didn't want to be laid up over the holidays.

As December progressed, he continued to lose weight, continued to weaken. After an uneven Christmas holiday, overwhelming fatigue, nausea and pain became almost unbearable; he felt more and more miserable over the week between Christmas and New Year's. We finally got in touch with his doctor on Friday, and on New Year's Eve I picked up a morphine prescription that made him considerably more comfortable. I have a small mailing list I've been sending to just a few of his closest friends, and on January 1 the update sounded a little more upbeat: Breese (note: I've always called him by his last name, it's a long story) coasted into 2000 feeling pretty good last night. We donned funny hats and had a toast courtesy of Martinelli's, followed by sugary "ritual sips" of Sobe Wisdom, Energy and Power, then turned off the lights in the living room to see the fireworks over SF Bay. Our relaxed celebration was a direct contrast to the preceding week.

He feels pretty low sometimes, but when he bounces back there are still some good times to be had. He's up and about tonight playing with the stereo and the TV, getting himself drinks, fretting over the plants that have always thrived under his green thumb (my thumb is green enough, but somewhat forgetful). We're just sitting around talking about this n' that, like we always do. Works for me.

Evenings like that were, unfortunately, getting to be the exception instead of the rule. A few days later, the surgeon gave an emaciated Wally the bad news: He wasn't strong enough to tolerate the surgery. Given the uncertain outcome and invasiveness of the operation (and the possibility of some gruesome side effects), he'd pretty much decided against it already. It wasn't a big surprise: He was was almost too weak to get to the doctor's office.

The news none of us want to hear is coming soon, I'm very sorry to say. Wally hasn't eaten anything for well over a month, and he's simply running out of steam. Comments from a message sent last week: We're experimenting with the nurse to find painkillers that don't suppress his breathing. I wonder if his congestion has anything to do with dehydration.

Still, even though he's in and out on painkillers, he's often awake and lucid. He's sometimes conversational, even funny. I wish we could talk more, but he's largely lost his voice -- he often just speaks in a whisper. He periodically clears the pressure in his ears by talking (sometimes even when he's drifted off). "Testing," he says. "Testing."

He's now asleep or "out of it" more often than not, and struggling to achieve basic functions a good deal of the time when awake. Another small silver lining: Although he's uncomfortable and very, very weak, he's not in a great deal of pain (the painkillers are also helping to keep his anxiety level down). There are still occasions where he's foggily his usual self, smiling or speaking gently every once in a while -- very endearing, simultaneously heartbreaking. The real Wally is still there. He's still giving me advice on the website which is so much a part of him. He enjoyed Joni's "Both Sides Now" debut on Dawson's Creek, and manages short conversations with visiting friends. He needs help sitting up now, though, and it's starting to get to the point where 24 hour care is necessary because he's developing additional problems as his body gradually shuts down.

We're all doing the best we can out here, taking things day by day. If you'd like to drop him a line, please feel free to do so. I'll read as many of the messages to him as I can. Your kind messages of love and support continue to be an important part of his life.
 

Jan 15, 2000: January 15, 2000

Set your VCR! The world premiere of Joni's new version of the song "Both Sides Now" is scheduled for the Wednesday, January 19 episode of the WB television show "Dawson's Creek."

"We think that this is our strongest use of music and our strongest episode of the season," said Dawson's Creek Executive Producer Paul Stupin. "Joni's voice and this song are as timeless as the stories we try to depict, and for a show that is known for music from female vocalists, we're proud to have the ultimate."

"Dawson's Creek" is on at 8PM in most areas; check your local listings so you don't miss it!

Reprise Records is featuring Joni on the front page of their website (repriserec.com) to promote the upcoming release of her "Both Sides Now" CD. Click on her picture and go to a promotional slide show for the CD (repriserec.com/jonimitchell); at the end of the slide show you'll have the opportunity to order the limited edition package, due out Feb. 8. The advance price, for a limited time only, is 39.95, ten dollars off. Only 15,000 limited edition packages will be available, so this is a good time to get one! You'll also be able to leave your e-mail address with them so they can send you a reminder when the commercial CD is released on March 21.

Don't miss the contest link on the site's front page, right under Joni's picture. Write a paragraph about which one of Joni's songs you'd put into a time capsule for Y3K, and you could win yourself an art proof of one of the lithographs from the CD!
 

Jan 5, 2000: January 5, 2000

I've been getting lots of positive comments about "A Weekend with Joni," the story of my weekend with Joni in LA. It's almost as if I've been able to take you all there with me!
 

Dec 12, 1999: December 12, 1999

"A Weekend with Joni," the story of my weekend with Joni in LA, is finally finished! Sorry for the delay. It's taken us a while to get the story done, but I think the wait was worth it. We had an incredible time with Joni. I hope you enjoy reading about it and looking at the pictures we took (one of the new paintings from the upcoming "Both Sides Now" CD is included, definitely worth a look).
 

Nov 27, 1999: November 27, 1999

Entertainment Weekly (Issue #510-Winter 1999) has just published the last of it's "Special Collector's Issues" on the Fab 400 people of the Twentieth Century. This issue covers "The 100 Greatest Entertainers" and among the expected Beatles, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Steven Spielberg, etc., are some well-chosen selections such as Joni at #63, just below Warren Beatty at #62. Joni is cited partially because "She bared her soul and showed us a woman's power." The photograph used is by Henry Diltz, and is one of the series he took of Joni in the Nevada desert in 1978. (There's another photo from that series shown within the pages of my conversation with him, available on another part of the homepage.)
 

Nov 11, 1999: November 11, 1999

Sorry that I've been out of touch lately but I've been ill and in the hospital. I'm just out now and convalescing, as usual, at my buddy Jim's house. Unfortunately, I still don't feel that terrific and may have to go in for another week of treatments soon. Needless to say, I have no energy for anything but getting well right now.

BUT I did want to tell you that a few weekends ago, Jim and I flew down to L.A., at Joni's invitation, and spent the entire weekend hanging out with and getting to know her and her friends.

She played us her wonderful new album, we talked for hours, shared three meals, played pool and so much more. Joni was gracious and very kind, and she went out of her way to be certain that I was comfortable. As soon as I can store up some extra energy, I'll write up the adventures of my weekend with Joni and share them with all of you.
 

Oct 19, 1999: October 19, 1999

Joni phoned to tell me how excited she is about her just-completed album of standards, recorded this past July in London. The tracks were arranged for a full orchestra, with Joni acting as the vocalist, a la Frank Sinatra. In fact, she recorded one song done originally by Sinatra, as well as tunes sung by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and other romantic pop singers. She also took another pass at two of her own classic tunes, "Both Sides Now" and "A Case Of You." Joni refers to her new album as "A History Of North American Romantic Love In The Twentieth Century."

On the first day in the studio, Joni told me that she recorded four tunes with the full 71 piece orchestra; on the second day, four more songs went down with a 40 piece; and then on the third day, it was wittled down to a big band ensemble for the final four songs. She told me how a bunch of the older, jaded players had huddled into the playback booth and teared up when they listened to the playbacks.

The album could be released as early as Valentines Day (and I do mean in the year 2000, not 2001). Joni says that the record company is very pleased with the tracks and has committed to putting a good deal of promotion behind the album's release. (Wonderful!) Her latest project has given Joni the idea of doing an entire album of her own songs in this format. She mentioned to me re-doing songs such as "Ludwig's Tune" with an orchestra.

The 12 songs on her upcoming album (tentatively titled Both Sides Now):

You're My Thrill
At Last
Comes Love
You've Changed
Answer Me, My Love
A Case Of You
Don't Go To Strangers
Sometimes I'm Happy
I'll Get By
Stormy Weather
I Wish I Were In Love Again
Both Sides Now

I'll have an official conversation with Joni, talking about her new album, as well as other subjects, up on the pages of JM.COM soon.

Oh, yes! Joni has also just recorded "a little singing" on a track for Brian Blade's second album with his group, The Fellowship. That album should be out early next year.
 

Sep 16, 1999: September 16, 1999

There seems to be a great deal of interest in the soon to be released JM tribute album, so you can read a portion of a conversation that I had earlier this year with Julie Larson, executive producer of the album. Julie and I plan on talking one more time now that the project is completed, and then the entire IV will be put up on JM.COM. Enjoy this snippet!

For those who simply want a list-

Janet Jackson: "The Beat Of Black Wings."
k.d. lang: "Help Me."
Sarah McLachlan: "Blue."
Elvis Costello: "Edith And The Kingpin."
Etta James: "Amelia."
Chaka Kahn: "Hejira."
Bjork: "Jericho" or "The Boho Dance."

have already been put to tape.

(3-5 additional songs have been recorded since last March by other artists. More info soon...)
 

Sep 1, 1999: September 1, 1999

The Joni Mitchell Tribute Album is now finished and scheduled for release before the end of the year. Chaka Khan, Elvis Costello, Bjork, Etta James, Janet Jackson and others have recorded their favorite Joni songs for this long-overdue salute to one of the best songwriters of our generation. I should have a complete track-listing for you soon.

Following her attendance in the audience at July 1st's "Joni's Jazz" concert in Central Park, Joni flew to the U.K. to record orchestral tracks with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for her next album, tentatively entitled Both Sides Now. In addition to some of Joni's personal favorite standards, she's also re-recorded her own compositions "Both Sides Now" and "A Case Of You" for this new album. Last Monday (August 30), Joni began polishing a few vocal tracks in a studio in L.A., and if this process goes well, the new album may also be ready for release around the same time as the tribute album, but I wouldn't count on it- a date in February or March of 2000 seems more likely.

Whenever this album of standards is released to the public, Joni has been invited to debut her album with a full orchestra at La Scala, the birthplace of opera, in Milan, Italy. If Joni accepts this invitation to perform, the show will be filmed for a TV special.
 

Aug 9, 1999: August 9, 1999

U.K. music mag Q features the "100 Greatest Stars Of The 20th Century" as it's August cover article. When they say "stars," they mean music stars only and the results are based on a reader's vote. The list is appropriately strange with the expected and deserving, such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney making the top 2 spots, and the bizarre, such as Oasis's Gallagher brothers coming in at #8 and #9. Joni comes in at #29, the third highest ranking for a female, following Madonna and Aretha Franklin. They say about Joni: "An improvement on Joan Baez." These kinds of demeaning comments, unfortunately, are rife in the coverage and it detracts from the point of the readers poll. Another example- their comment on Elvis Presley where they state "He was a big fat metaphor for everything." Q is a beautiful, glossy magazine that beats Rolling Stone or any American mag in look, but the editors and writers attitude of snideness throughout makes me cringe.
 

Aug 2, 1999: August 2, 1999

My friend, Leslie Mixon, in a thoughtful act of kindness, has had three of her photographs of Joni (which are displayed on the pages of JM.COM) blown up to poster-size, and is offering them in an auction designed to help with my expenses. {{{{ Thanks, Leslie }}}}
 

Jul 31, 1999: July 31, 1999

CDNOW.COM is having a fifth anniversary sale on every item in their catalog with up to 30% off regular price. The sale continues until August 10th at 11AM EST. If you purchase any items through the link here, the homepage account will get a small percentage of each sale. Thanks for your patronage.
 

Jul 29, 1999: July 29, 1999

The August 19th issue of Rolling Stone magazine has a short write-up on the "Joni's Jazz" concert (which occured on July 1st) in it's "Random Notes" column. Duncan Sheik is quoted as saying about Joni: "I know she's completely uncompromising. I'm sure she was happy about some things and unhappy about others. But I saw her at the end of the show, and she was glowing and totally moved by the whole thing." (Photo by David Atlas)

"The 100 Greatest Women Of Rock'N'Roll" countdown, which VH-1 has been airing every night this week at 10PM, winds up tomorrow with it's final episode, and this is the one that features Joni. She's sandwiched between Bonnie Raitt and Billie Holiday, coming in at #5 in this survey, which IMHO is quite good. Catch it on the video music channel at 10PM Friday (the 30th). I understand that the program will be re-broadcast at least once this weekend in one complete 5-hour block. So if you've missed any of the countdown, you can catch it on the repeat.
 

Jul 28, 1999: July 28, 1999

PRESS RELEASE
Announcing...........
THE BEST OF JONI MITCHELL TOO
When: Thursday 12 August 1999, 9pm
Where: The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia
Cost: $14

Due to the enormous recent success of the first Joni Mitchell tribute concert held in Australia, there will be another performance on Thursday 12 August at The Basement in Sydney.

Desciptions of the last show include: "it brought tears to my eyes", "you could hear a pin drop", "the joint was jumping", "the band sounded fantastic", "all I could see was a sea of smiles, of lit up faces, mouthing the words to the song we all knew".

This latest performance will include new material from albums such as Blue, Ladies of The Canyon, Mingus, Court and Spark and other favourites.

The artists performing are amongst Australia's finest: Tania Bowra, Kristen Cornwell, Robyne Dunn, Gemma Deacon, Rachel Gaudry, Karen Jacobsen, Sarah McGregor, Juliet Obsessed, Louise Perryman, Rebecca Rennie. The band line-up includes Matt McMahon (keys), James Muller (guitar), Dave Theak (saxes), Nick Sinclair (bass), Gordon Rytmeister (drums).

Don't miss out. Contact The Basement for bookings on 02 9251 2797 (Sydney, Australia).
 

Jul 23, 1999: July 23, 1999

Billboard reports: "In celebration of women's contributions to popular music, VH1 will present "The 100 Greatest Women Of Rock'N'Roll" July 26th-August 1st. The special is a countdown based on results of a survey conducted by VH1. According to the network, those who voted were female entertainers, writers, photographers, industry executives, and politicians." The program will air from 10-11PM each evening.

VH1 has announced the names (in alphabetical order only) of the Top 20 women in the countdown, and they are Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Debbie Harry, Billie Holiday, Chrissie Hynde, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Gladys Knight, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Grace Slick, Patti Smith, The Supremes, and Tina Turner. This gets interesting because inside sources have let leak the fact that Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin are in the Top 3!

As for Joni's placing, my bet is that she'll make the Top 10, ranking perhaps as high as #5. Remember that VH1 did a similar show to this one last year called "The 100 Greatest Artists Of Rock'N'Roll," where Joni placed as the fourth highest ranked female act (I'm counting Fleetwood Mac as female because Stevie Nicks is on the new list, and will most likely place higher than Joni in the Top 100).

Among those who will be hosting the programs are TV actresses Julianna Margulies of NBC's top-rated show "ER" and Courteney Cox of "Friends," and film actress Susan Sarandon.
 

Jul 9, 1999: July 9, 1999

I've received a few e-mails with addendums to the "Joni's Jazz" concert a week ago: the first is from the event's creator and producer, Danny Kapilian, the next from band member and arranger, Jerome Harris, and the third is from a fan who got to speak to Joni after the event. Enjoy!
 

Jul 2, 1999: July 2, 1999

Patrick Leader has filed his report on the Joni's Jazz event and it's posted here for you to read.
 

Jul 1, 1999: July 1, 1999

Tonight, there'll be a concert in NYC's Central Park called "Joni's Jazz." Well, it's more than a concert, it's a cultural event. Singers and musicians will be performing songs written by Joni, including a complete performance of the album Hejira! This should be quite special! The official JM.COM reporter for the show will be Patrick Leader, who will be sending in his review the morning after.

Here's what you need to know:

Thursday, July 1st (raindate, Friday, July 2nd), at Summerstage - tickets $10. - $30.

It's the Hissing of Summerstage - a Canada Day celebration of Joni Mitchell's most adventurous period as a recording artist - from Court And Spark to Mingus. Vernon Reid leads a stellar band (including percussionist Don Alias, who's worked with Joni) with a lineup of incredible guest vocalists in a one-time live performance, including the album Hejira in its entirety.

Central Park Summerstage - a special fundraiser event:

"JONI'S JAZZ"
(line-up a/o 6/28/99)-

The final lineup of guest singers (not counting the unexpected) is Toshi Reagon, Dean Bowman (ex-Screaming Headless Torsos), Carl Hancock Rux, Jane Siberry, Christina Wheeler (David Byrne band), PM Dawn, Chaka Khan, Eric Andersen, Joy Askew (ex-Peter Gabriel band), Joe Jackson, Erin Hamilton (Carol Burnett's daughter / dance music star), Duncan Sheik, Holly Cole, John Kelly, and Jon Hendricks with Annie Ross.

The band is Vernon Reid - guitars, Jerome Harris - guitars (Sonny Rollins band), Matthew Garrison - bass (son of Jimmie Garrison - legendary bassist with Coltrane and Ornette Coleman), Ben Perowsky - drums, Don Alias - drums, Minu Cinelu - percussion (Pat Metheny band), Joy Askew - piano/lead& backing vocals, Brian Charette - keyboards, Leon Gruenbaum - keyboards, Ravi Coltrane - soprano sax, Don Byron - clarinet, Doug Weiselman - woodwinds (Lounge Lizards/Laurie Anderson band), Graham Haynes - cornet, Jane Scarpantoni - cello (Indigo Girls/Duncan Sheik), Christina Wheeler - lead / backing vocals, and Sheryl Marshall - backing vocals (Buster Poindexter band/Al Kooper band).
 

Jun 21, 1999: June 21, 1999

I got a very pleasant shock a few days ago when I watched my copy of the new Japanese re-release of Joni's 1980 live-in-concert film, Shadows And Light. This new version runs not 60 but 74 minutes! What's on those 14 new minutes? Well, I'm excited to tell you that two songs not on the original release are included on this new version- "Edith And The Kingpin" and "Hejira."

"Edith" is totally live footage, with lots of audience shots. This track, in fact, was promised the last time that Shadows And Light was re-released (in 1989 on Warner Home Video), but although the song was listed on the box, it was not on the tape. But now we have it.

"Hejira" is a real find because it appears to be Joni's first attempt at a music video. Seven minutes filmed on an ice-skating rink and featuring famous skater Toller Cranston; a young woman twirling in a bridal gown; and Joni herself skating around in her "black crow" outfit. Joni also lip-synchs a few verses from the song, just like in a regular MTV-style video. Mostly though, it's Toller ice-skating and I must admit, very beautifully.

The colors on this re-release are bold and crisp, the sound is great, plus you get two brand-new tracks. What more could you want? This re-release of Shadows And Light gets my highest recommendation, and it finally answers a question I've had since 1980- why Joni credits Toller Cranston for "skates" in the opening credits. This is a very exciting discovery, folks!

You can purchase this new and longer Shadows And Light from the JM.COM link to CDNOW.COM; They have it available in both laser disc and VHS formats. The laser disc version is limited in quantity, so it can take up to 8 weeks to get a copy, but it's well worth the wait. Orders for the VHS version should be much more quickly filled, as it was produced in a much larger quantity. Enjoy!

Today, I'm launching a page that contains my conversation with musician David Lahm. His album, Jazz Takes On Joni Mitchell, is now available on the Arkadia Jazz label. You can find out about how his fascination with JM's music began, plus much more. My thanks to him for the interview.
 

May 20, 1999: May 20, 1999

Last Monday evening, Joni received the ASCAP Founders Award at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
 

May 12, 1999: May 12, 1999

Warners Bros. Publications has just released the songbook for Joni's latest album, Taming The Tiger.
 

May 3, 1999: May 3, 1999

I want to thank everyone who's sent me their best wishes for my health and happiness. In fact, many of you wrote and said that you joined in the visualization exercise I wrote about in my last memo to the homepage. Very cool! And I'm pleased to tell you that the after-effects of my recent chemotherapy treatments were not as horrendous as they were at the previous session. I had just one particularly bad day and night, and believe me, that's a major improvement over last time.

I was finally able to connect and have a conversation with musician, David Lahm. He's a very smart and entertaining guy and I think you'll learn a great deal about him and his new album, "Jazz Takes On Joni Mitchell," by reading my interview. Our conversation has already been transcribed by the swift and gracious Susan Chaloner, and should be ready to put up on a page sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. Thanks for talking with me, David, and by the way- your album was last month's 3rd largest-selling item purchased from CDNOW.COM through a JM.COM link, right behind Joni's live video "Painting With Words And Music," and the gold disc version of "Blue."

My sincere thanks to all of you who've been shopping at CDNOW.COM through the JM.COM links. With the recent release of the "Painting With Words And Music" video, and other new JM related products, the homepage account has been quite healthy. Thank you all! To make it easier to get to a particular item, I've expanded the "SHOP" page to include an image of and a link to all the recent products. Remember, if you want the homepage to get a share of your purchase, you must enter CDNOW.COM directly through one of the links on JM.COM every time you shop. One way to be certain that you're shopping in that manner is that you'll see a "Return to: JONI MITCHELL HOMPAGE" link in the upper right above the light blue line that displays the artist name on each page you go to within CDNOW. I truly appreciate your generosity and caring.

The Joni Mitchell Homepage was born in August of 1995, and I'm proud to say that sometime last week, Visitor number 1,000,000 (one million) accessed the entrance page to the site. To celebrate this milestone, and in response to a bunch of requests, I've put up a new page with some additional photos from my first meeting with Joni at The Gorge in George, Washington on May 16th, 1998. Thanks for the interest.
 

Apr 13, 1999: April 13, 1999

The page that promotes a new jazz album by David Lahm, Jazz Takes On Joni Mitchell, is now available for your perusal. Read about the album, send in a review, buy the CD, and maybe even win yourself a copy in the contest! Enjoy!
 

Apr 5, 1999: April 5, 1999

Today, I'm launching a page that contains an unexpurgated interview with Joni conducted by Austin, Texas, DJ Jody Denberg. A portion of this interview was published last year in the Austin Chronicle newspaper, and some sections were recorded onto a promotional CD sent out by Reprise to publicize Joni's latest album Taming The Tiger, but this is the complete, uncut interview. Jody has been kind enough to allow me to transcribe and publish it here on Joni's homepage. Thanks, Jody!
 

Mar 28, 1999: March 28, 1999

This week, I have another five day session of chemotherapy. I haven't mentioned my previous session, which was about a month ago, but it was a difficult time. I was more sick than I've ever been, and the ill period lasted a longer time, in fact, for more than a week after the session ended. I don't know how my body will react this time, but I'm really hoping for an easier time.

The mental image that I'm trying to concentrate on is one of the poisons (chemo) flowing directly to what remains of the original tumour and to the numerous implants (tiny tumours) that the doctors say are now lining my pelvis. The goal is to kill off the cancer cells with the chemo, and then have my regular healthy cells recover quickly from the session. If anyone else feels the urge to want to help, try concentrating on the same image that I am. Thanks, folks.
 

Mar 24, 1999: March 24, 1999

This Tuesday (March 30th) will see the release of Joni's new in-concert video, Painting With Words And Music. It's been a full ten months since the show used for the video was filmed, and you can read accounts of that show from those who attended and from those who viewed this show when it first aired on PPV back in early November 1998, and much more.
 

Mar 16, 1999: March 16, 1999

DCC Compact Classics has released another in their series of stellar-sounding Gold Discs with Joni Mitchell's 1971 masterpiece, Blue.

This release is considered by a majority of critics as Joni's first "classic" album, and along with Carole King's Tapestry, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James and a few others, Blue is counted as one of the first great albums in what became known as the "singer-songwriter" movement.

Blue is also Joni's biggest catalog seller, still moving about 40,000 copies a year in the U.S. (Joni's 1974 album, Court And Spark, her biggest-selling album ever, also still sells over 35,000 copies each year). And this is just in the U.S. marketplace. If we include around the world sales, these numbers would be multiplied by one and a half.
 

Mar 5, 1999: March 5, 1999

To help with expenses, I've just established an exclusive relationship with CDNOW as the homepage's Internet connection for purchasing Joni's CD's, videos, etc., as well as the products of all other artists. By entering CDNOW.COM through the link which I'm providing on the SHOP page and below, the JM.COM account will be credited with a small percentage of all sales. I believe that you must enter through the JM.COM link each time you want your buys to be counted towards the homepage account. I greatly appreciate your help and patronage in this area.
 

Mar 3, 1999: March 3, 1999

Before Joni, before Laura, before almost all singers, for me there was Dusty Springfield. Her songs "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," "The Look Of Love" and "I Only Wanna Be With You" are staples in my record collection. I heard this morning that Dusty died yesterday in London after fighting breast cancer for the last 5 years.

Recently, Rhino Records released expanded editions of a couple of Dusty's albums, including the classic Dusty In Memphis, and I've been enjoying the extra 14 tracks which were added to the 11 songs originally on the album. In fact, just last night, I introduced my young friend, Dan, to Dusty's album. He had heard "Son Of A Preacher Man" in the film Pulp Fiction, but hadn't heard much else. He loved the track "The Windmills Of Your Mind" so much that he made me repeat it a few times. At the end of our evening, I gave Dan my original CD of Dusty In Memphis and he told me that he listened to it when he went to sleep last night, only to be awakened this morning by the radio with news that Dusty had passed away yesterday.

I'm happy that Dusty's music continues to be passed along to new fans, who can appreciate her great talent and investigate her huge catalog, and I imagine being able to hear all those wonderful songs for the first time as a new fan, and that makes me feel happy. But I also feel such deep sadness that Dusty didn't live to accept her induction into The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, which is happening in about two weeks. She deserves this accolade and so much more for all the beautiful music she made for more than 40 years. Long live Dusty Springfield's music.
 

Feb 16, 1999: February 16, 1999

"Joni Mitchell:Painting With Words And Music," will be available for purchase on March 30th, in 3 formats- (List Price) VHS $19.98, DVD $24.99, and Laser Disc $29.99. Originally airing on November 6th, 1998, via pay per view channel "Viewers Choice," the video is being released and distributed in the U.S. by Image Entertainment.

If you missed this wonderful concert when it aired on pay TV, you should run right out and buy it on home video; It's a must-have for every Joni-phile. The video box has a booklet style sleeve, meaning that the front cover folds over with the song titles listed on the two resulting cardboard panels.

Joni's intimate performance, which was attended by her fans and celebrity friends such as Rosanna Arquette, (who introduces the evening) k.d. Lang, Joaquin Cooder, Natalie Imbruglia, Bijou & Mackenzie Philips, Graham Nash, Darryl Hannah, John Densmore, among others, was taped on the Warner Bros. lot in May of 1998. Image Entertainment says in it's new catalogue: "This concert is classic Joni Mitchell, and her repertoire here covers the complete arc of her career."

In the October 31st issue of Billboard magazine, in the only interview she's given concerning her live special, Joni said: "I designed the set we play on...It brings together my artwork and my songs with an audience in the live, in-the-round setting of a soundstage. So it's an intimate evening of my painting and music."

Joni's manager, Sam Feldman, mentioned in the same Billboard article, that Eagle Rock Entertainment, the producers of the special, were the company that "...was willing to give (Joni) complete creative control."
 

Jan 30, 1999: January 30, 1999

Hi everybody, I'm now back home and trying to catch up with all the mail I received since I went into the hospital on the 11th. Thanks to all of you for your e-mails, cards and gifts. As always, you treat me like I'm part of a family and I appreciate the affection and love. It will be a few weeks before I'm back up to full strength but I'll be communicating as much as I can.

Some news-

HDCD REMASTERS-

A recent question was whether the HDCD remastered versions of Joni's first four albums on Reprise Records are out yet. Well, they are. In fact, as a present from a friend at Reprise, when I arrived home I found a package of CD's waiting for me containing Song To A Seagull, Clouds, Ladies Of The Canyon and Blue. These are excellent remasters of already excellent albums, and Joni's first release, STAS, is the most improved in sound. This is not surprising, due to the fact that it had the most need to be improved.

Here's how to tell if the CD in your store is indeed a remastered CD, and not just a repackaged one. On the back of the CD box, you will find written at the bottom: "Produced by Joni Mitchell. Mastered by Joe Gaswirt at Ocean View Digital Mastering. Mastering supervised by Julie Larson. Repackaged by Robbie Cavolina, etc...." Look for these credits and you can be certain that you have the new HDCD remasters in your hands.

DCC GOLD-

There is also a DCC (gold disc) of the Blue album coming out on March 16th. A higher priced item, but with the best sound possible today.
 

Jan 12, 1999: January 12, 1999

Here's an update on Wally's 1/11 surgery:

Wally came through yesterday without any surgical complications, but the end result, unfortunately, wasn't the outcome we'd hoped for.

I talked to Wally's disappointed surgeon just after the operation; he told me that he'd found evidence of new cancer cells in Wally's pelvis that were too small to show up on the CT scan. Although these cells are mostly very small and aren't showing up in any vital organs, it's unlikely that they could all be removed surgically without missing some of them. So it looks like a surgical cure isn't an option any more.

Wally's not in as much pain as he was the last time around, and we're thankful for that (although he still needs morphine to control the pain this soon after surgery). Since it was a shorter, less invasive procedure, he probably won't be staying at the hospital as long as expected, and will come to stay with me again for a while to recuperate before going home.

The bad news, of course, is that we're moving into a period of uncertainty. The next course of action will be more chemotherapy, which I'm told is enough to control the advance of the disease in some patients. The last time Wally had chemo, the results were encouraging so we're hoping that another course, probably administered in a way that allows for better results with fewer side effects, will help to keep the disease at bay.

Although he's often groggy from the painkillers, our friend is often quite lucid and seems to be adopting a stoical attitude toward his situation at this point. He's been through a lot already, and I think that attitude could help him deal with these new challenges. His GP came in today and mentioned how depressed he felt after talking to the surgeon; Wally remarked to me later that he thought his doctor was "more depressed than I am."

Once again, I'd like to thank all of you for your kind thoughts. They really do help to keep Wally going during these difficult times. I'll again be printing out your messages and taking them to him at the hospital, and will post another update in a few days.

Love,
Jim
 

Jan 8, 1999: January 8, 1999

On Monday morning (1/11/99) I'll be having what will hopefully be my final surgery. As I've mentioned, my scans look clear of the tumour, and that's a good indication that the chemotherapy and radiation treatments have been successful. Also, just yesterday I got back the results of a few biopsies taken during a recent internal exam and they were all free of any cancer.

So I go into the hospital with all signs pointing towards a positive resolution of my condition. I'm definitely not looking forward to spending a week in the hospital (it's sooo tedious), but this could be the end of my ordeal and I need to invest all my energies towards that goal. With that in mind, I'm sure that you'll understand when I say that this will probably be my last post for awhile.

Once again, I have a good friend who'll be staying at my place to water the plants, etc. (Thanks, Buddy!), my best friend, Jim Johanson, will be updating the homepage with information on my progress, and Leslie Mixon will pass on this information directly to the discussion list. Wish me luck, folks! Be well and I'll talk to you all again soon.
 

Dec 24, 1998: December 24, 1998

I've had some very positive news concerning my health situation- my scans show no trace of the tumour that was too large to be removed just six months ago. This is evidence that the chemotherapy and radiation treatments I went through have worked successfully. Of course, the final test will be when my surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sweeney, goes in and has a look, and that operation has been scheduled for January 11th. This slight delay will allow me to enjoy the holidays with full mobility and energized spirits.

I want to wish my friends here in the Joni Mitchell Internet Community the best of the holiday season. Thanks for your support and love in 1998; It was quite a year. May you all have a happy, healthy and eventful 1999.
 

Dec 1, 1998: December 1, 1998

New today is my "Conversation" with singer-songwriter Tom Rush. He was the first singer to perform and record Joni's songs. On his album entitled The Circle Game, released in 1968, he covered "Urge For Going," "Tin Angel" and the title song, as well as songs by other then-unknown songwriters, James Taylor and Jackson Browne. Tom and I discuss his meeting Joni, the tour he took her on as his opening act, and other memories from his long career in music.
 

Nov 24, 1998: November 24, 1998

Reprise is running a contest on their site where you can win a copy of their new promotional CD "A Conversation With Joni Mitchell." The conversation was hosted by Austin DJ Jody Denberg who talked to Joni on September 9th at the Bel Air Hotel in L.A. The CD runs for 69 minutes and the beautiful self-portrait painting by Joni (pictured to the left) is on the cover insert.
 

Nov 7, 1998: November 7, 1998

Today is Joni's birthday and you can view the card I sent her from the folks in her Internet Community.
 

Nov 6, 1998: November 6, 1998

"Joni Mitchell:Painting With Words And Music" aired today via USSB in Canada and PPV Viewers Choice in the U.S. (The concert will be repeated a few times on the 8th and 10th). If you missed this program, the concert will soon be available for sale on home video.

Mitchell's intimate performance, attended by her fans and celebrity friends such as Rosanna Arquette, who introduces the evening, k.d. Lang, Joaquin Cooder, Natalie Imbruglia, Bijou & Mackenzie Philips, Graham Nash, Darryl Hannah, John Densmore, among others, was taped on the Warner Bros. lot in May of this year. Featured in the October 31st issue of Billboard magazine, in the only interview Joni has given about this PPV-TV special, she says: "I designed the set we play on...It brings together my artwork and my songs with an audience in the live, in-the-round setting of a soundstage. So it's an intimate evening of my painting and music."

Joni's manager, Sam Feldman, mentions to Billboard that Eagle Rock Entertainment, the producers of the special, were the company that "...was willing to give (Joni) complete creative control."

I know from my contacts that Joni spent over 200 hours working on this special. And it's now ready for broadcast.

This is a fabulous show! Joni's performance is top notch, the set is gorgeous and the unique lighting arrangement makes the theater a magical circle, which is full of Joni's longtime fans. It's a very special video that should be in every Joni-phile's collection.
 

Nov 2, 1998: November 2, 1998

This week will be my last days of radiation treatments. Besides the side-effects I've had since these treatments began- extreme fatigue and a few bouts of nausea, a new one has arrived in the last week. It's charmingly called "sunburn" by the doctors but it's actually burns from the radiation treatments. Imagine the opposite of your usual sunburn, in the sense that mine is on those areas which are usually covered up when someone goes out to the beach. The doctor gave me a lotion that helps to relieve the itching.

The weeks following the end of these treatments will consist of a medical reaccessment of my health situation. The good news is that as of my last scan a few weeks ago, the tumour appears to have shrunk from 8 centimeters to less than 2; and it may even be gone by now. I'll be having another scan soon to determine that. The doctor's plan is for me to have another operation, probably in early December, to remove any visible remnants of the cancer, and hopefully to restore me to regular working condition. I'm not looking forward to more surgery, but the result should be worth the aggravation.
 

Oct 27, 1998: October 27, 1998

Reviews from the JM.COM official reporters and other members of the Joni Mitchell Internet Community about the first three shows of Joni's tour with Bob Dylan are now in.
 

Oct 22, 1998: October 22, 1998

Joni's tour with Bob Dylan begins tomorrow, with the first show in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Bob's home state). Opening all the shows will be a third act, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men. There will be a total of 11 shows in 15 days, culminating in Atlanta, Georgia on the 7th of November (Joni's 55th birthday.)

I've arranged for an official JM.COM reporter/photographer for every show and they'll be sending in their reports as soon as they can write them, with photographs arriving soon afterwards. As with Joni's previous concerts this year, I would like all of you who attend a show to send me your review of the show. I'll be putting up a page for each of the 11 shows, and I'll include your thoughts along with those of my official reporter. (Be sure to specify which show you're reviewing.) Thanks, folks!
 

Sep 29, 1998: September 29, 1998

In stores now is Joni's new album Taming The Tiger. It's an amazing collection of ten songs (plus an "almost" hidden track) that reflect the varied stylings which Joni's used during her 30 year career. Featured on every song on the album is the sound of Joni's Parker Fly guitar, which is connected to a VG-8 computer brain that can store and reproduce her alternate tunings and is capable of creating sounds that are absolutely mindblowing. Buy it now!
 

Sep 24, 1998: September 24, 1998

Today is the launch date for the Website pages [obsolete] I've built to promote Joni's new album on Reprise Records, Taming The Tiger. The site contains lyrics, paintings, photos, sound samples, fan reviews, credits, a contest, and more.

To answer a few questions I've been asked regarding TTT-

There will be no special package version of the album. This is regrettable, I believe, especially since Joni & her art director Robbie Cavolina won a Grammy for Best Packaging on Joni's last new studio album, Turbulent Indigo in 1994. The regular TTT package is quite beautiful though, and special in it's own right. It's stuffed with page after page of reproductions of Joni's paintings, all the lyrics (of course), and one terrific photo of one of her three cats stretching after napping on a very lovely and expensive-looking chest of drawers set beneath a skylight in Joni's home.

As to the single "The Crazy Cries Of Love," there will be no commercial release and certainly no video unless the song gets good radio airplay. I've been hearing reports that it's starting to get played around the country and in Canada but be sure to call your local radio stations and request that they play the song. And the album!

In the past, I've discussed how the Billboard album charts work, and the fact that SoundScan is a system they use to count CD sales and compute an album's position on the charts. These days, the position an album reaches in it's first week is almost always the highest position the album ever reaches- it's historical peak position. It is during that first crucial week that an artist's most dedicated fans are expected to run out to the store and buy it.

Ordinarily, for sales of Joni's albums, I would recommend and approve of buying from small mom and pop CD stores but unfortunately, these methods of purchasing TTT won't help Joni secure a high debut on the all-important Billboard charts.

What you need to do on Taming The Tiger's release day is to physically go to a large CD store that is a participant in the SoundScan method and purchase the album. If you don't buy TTT on it's first day in the stores, then you should purchase a copy during the first five or six days after its release, if you want to be counted in the album's first week sales numbers. Go to Tower, Virgin or another large chain store in your area. I'll be at my local Tower on September 29th, buying copies for myself and my friends- in both cassette and CD format, of course. Thanks, Joni-philes!
 

Sep 10, 1998: September 10, 1998

I'm launching a new "Conversation" page today, as well as adding a brand new section to the Website.

My "Conversation" is with Ingrid Pastorius, widow of Jaco Pastorius, famed bass player who has excelled on solo albums as well as on records as a member of the group Weather Report. Jaco is most famous to Joni-philes because he played his amazing bass on four of her albums in the late 1970s. Ingrid is a lovely and gracious woman and I enjoyed talking with her so much.

I'm also launching a brand new section on the JMHP called the "Shop." [obsolete]. On this page, you'll be able to see what momentoes are for sale. The Internet Community shirts, exclusive photos of Joni in concert, and two original illustrations of Joni are all now available. One third of all proceeds from these items will go towards helping to pay expenses here on the JMHP (except for the shirt offer which is handled by Les from the JMDL. In this deal, one half of any profits will go to each of the two sites.)
 

Aug 25, 1998: August 25, 1998

Sue McNamara's report on Joni's "Day in the Garden" concert is now complete and it's full of her recollections about the day and her many gorgeous photographs of Joni, her band members, and the other artists who performed that day. There's also one very interesting photo of some of the JMDL contingent. (Hey, folks!)

Leslie Mixon received a touch of fame a couple of weeks ago when her local newspaper, The Santa Cruz County Sentinel, ran a piece on her adventures in Joni-land. Reporter Chris Watson, in her column called "Nothin' but Net," wrote: "For this fan, posting to Web was a labor of love." Congratulations, Leslie!

Both Sue and Leslie, as you probably all know, have served as official JM.com photographers- Sue at the "Day in the Garden" on August 15th, and Leslie at the San Jose, Ca. show back on May 19th. They've both recently approached me with an idea that I think is very kind and generous. They want to offer for sale the photographs they took during Joni's shows and then to donate a portion of their proceeds towards expenses here at JM.com. This is so very sweet of them and I greatly appreciate the offer. This will hopefully fulfill the demand for concert photos that we've been receiving by e-mail and will make lots of you happy, as well as contribute towards costs here on the Web. We'll have more info about the order process up on JM.com soon, but for now, if you're interested:

I know that it's been more than a few weeks since my last health update but frankly I've been trying to just live my life lately and I haven't felt really eager to report about the process of my cancer treatments. But from your e-mail messages, I do know that you folks care about my condition and for that affection I'm most appreciative. So here's the latest about my condition- Last week, I had my second session of chemotherapy with the drug 5-FU. Even though the dose was the same as I received during the first week of treatment back in July, this dose was much more difficult for me to handle. In fact, here it is today, four days after the last day of treatment, and I'm still feeling nauseous. I hear that it's the build-up over time of the drug in my system and that the queezy feelings will go away soon. My energy levels are so quixotic that I may get energized perhaps for an hour and then collapse on the couch for two. That's one of the reasons why it took me ten days to complete the design of the "Day in the Garden" page.

I have two or three appointments during the next two weeks to have x-rays (or an MRI) taken of the area where the tumour is located to see what effect the chemo treatments have had on it, and to determine where exactly to aim the beam of radiation which I'll begin receiving on September 15th. These radiation treatments will continue five days a week for six weeks. During the first part of this period, I'll also be on a constant IV drip of chemo, worn in a pack at my side. So the worst is still yet to come, I guess. I am, anyway, still optimistic about a disappearance of the tumour and for a complete recovery.
 

Aug 10, 1998: August 10, 1998

I'm launching two pages on the Website today. First up is the page I've designed for the upcoming reviews of Joni's "A Day In The Garden" concert sent in by members of the Joni Mitchell Internet Community (That's you folks!). As I mentioned in an earlier message, Sue McNamara is attending the event as the official homepage reporter and her enthusiastic pre-tour essay is now up, along with another amazing illustration from Ken Corral, done at my request. Thanks to both of you!

Next up, there's a page about a new book called "Musicians and the Internet," [obsolete] which is part of the Ultimate Beginner Tech Start Series, a series of books that introduces readers to the various aspects of music technology. It includes a chapter that features 4 screens from the JMHP! I'm honored to say that there are only two musician Websites featured- Chick Corea's and Joni's. (BTW, the link to our own Ken Slarty's Midi page is seen in a shot of the JMHP's "Sounds" page.) You can order a copy of "Musicians and the Internet" through an 800 number, and you can also enter a contest to win 1 of 25 free copies of the book.
 

Aug 4, 1998: August 4, 1998

I want to invite all of you who attend "A Day In The Garden" on August 15th to send me your reports on Joni's performance and your day in Woodstock. I'm also looking for photos from the event. Since I can't go to the show myself, Sue MacNamara will be serving as the JMHP's official reporter and will be posting her account to the page I'm designing for the concert. More info next week!
 

Jul 28, 1998: July 28, 1998

Tickets for the first two days of the "Day In The Garden" concerts are now available at a special 2 for 1 deal. This offer is good only until this coming Sunday, August 2nd, and the word is that if you've already bought a ticket, you can still qualify for the deal, so check it out. Joni is scheduled to perform on Saturday the 15th of August, along with Pete Townsend, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, and Donovan.
 

Jul 11, 1998: July 11, 1998

It's been awhile, I know. But here I am again. How am I feeling? Well, actually a little better everyday. I'm healing from the surgery and trying to gain back some weight and strength before I start chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Sincere thanks to all my friends for helping me through this episode, and thanks to my best buddy, Jim for taking such good care of me while also writing updates for the JMHP. (He hasn't done any updates lately because he wanted to encourage me to do it myself!) Thanks to Leslie and simon for their friendship, and for their assistance in getting reports on my condition out to the rest of the JM Internet Community. And I'll always appreciate Joni's thoughtful phone call while I was in the hospital.

I've been profoundly moved by the support and love I've received from all of you since the announcement about my health. I received e-mails, cards, books, CD's, photos, checks, flowers and more. These gifts and your kindness have meant so much to me, often brightening my mood and outlook over the last few weeks. Thank you ever so much! You folks are my extended family.

Now, I haven't been totally idle for the last few weeks. I've added a few more of Karl's photographs to the "Tour '98" pages, as well as a couple from Wirly Pearl who sent me shots from the two Burbank videotaping sessions. (Thanks, Pearl!)
 

Jun 23, 1998: June 23, 1998

Sometimes I think the paperwork can be worse than the disease itself.

Wally isn't having too bad of a day today. Comparitively minor discomfort, compromised mobility, low (but increasing) appetite. At the moment, though, the big concern is paperwork; the home care nurse got here about 15 minutes ago. Even though she doesn't work for the insurance company and I'm sure would prefer to just help him out right away, insurance questions, one after the other, about what the HMO will and won't cover are the unfortunate first order of business. Again, the silver lining Wally's been blessed with all along continues -- she's very patient, friendly, and human. The distasteful necessaries are being handled in an atmosphere that facillitates recovery; I hear conversation punctuated by laughter, which says a lot for both of them as far as I'm concerned. It seems like the HMO might actually be more of a help than a hindrance at this point.

This nurse is in for some entertainment. Wally's never been a fan of big parties, but he enjoys one-on-one situations and has always had a tendency to joke around with doctors, nurses, waitresses, store clerks, whoever; I'm not sure she was prepared to answer questions about whether or not this was the right time to take up ballroom dancing.

When the last tube was disconnected Sunday evening, we were pretty sure that Monday would be Escape From the Hospital day, so Wally's friend Brian and I packed up the boom box and decorations in his room and schlepped it all back home. When it was time to go home (at around noon on Monday), no extra packing time was necessary -- we were outta there!

The first few hours away from the hospital were a little disorienting. Leaving a tightly controlled hospital situation and moving back out into the world is best experienced gradually, so driving home through the lunchtime street hustle was more than enough initial stimulation. He felt a lot better after sinking into a comfy chair in quiet, familiar surroundings.

The days leading up to Wally's discharge from the hospital were a bewildering muddle, as steady physical progress was coupled with a parade of well-intentioned doctors, nurses and technicians coming by to assess his condition and advise him of what's going to happen in the near future. Although he physically felt better as the days wore on, the gravity of his situation loomed ever larger as the haze of anesthesia and morphine wore off; there was no time to reflect or even just relax because every time he turned around there was something new to contend with.

One of the most striking effects of this process has been the contrast of ups and downs. Yes, Wally is getting better. He's also still sick and it's nowhere near being over. During the past month, he's experienced some of the highest highs (the tour) and some of lowest lows (the surgery) of his life -- almost simultaneously. The agony of his illness sits alongside the joy of loving support from friends and family contained in flowers and cards, and in a massive stack of e-mail from around the globe. That's a lot for anybody to process, and the potential for emotional overload is huge.

On Saturday night, a nurse removed the tube that siphoned the acid from his stomach. It took all of one second. It was painless. He immediately burst into tears. Life is so precious to him, he's got so much left to give. At the same time, the climb is so steep ... and this guy means so much to so many people ... for me, well, he's just my best pal. Sometimes I don't think I can bear to watch him go through this, but I just scrape myself back together and pick up the slack when I can -- I know he'd do the same for me if our situations were reversed. I find it difficult to imagine what the tempestuous emotions he's experiencing must be like.

Wally put on a Stevie Nicks CD a while ago (he brings so much music over here I don't need to buy CDs anymore) and is now napping on the couch under an Indian print blanket I threw over him, as Stevie sings "Free Fallin'" in the background. Free Fallin', indeed.

I'm glad Wally's home (or virtually home, anyway -- he spends lots of time here when he's healthy too). Last night, invaluable Andrew (who's been propping me up through this ordeal) made some of his famous homemade comfort soup for him while I was out at a class losing my concentration; I came home to find Wally comfortable and cheerful. He looked great -- as a matter of fact, the surgery enabled him to get rid of a couple stubborn pounds he wanted to lose! He stayed up late, until almost 3 AM, just enjoying the everyday environment.

So this is how the next chapter begins. I might be posting another update as we watch the story unfold, but for some reason I kind of doubt it. Wally has already sat down at the computer a few times and I'll bet he'll be banging away at the keyboard before long; I'll happily drift into the background of the JMHP again, editing photographs and supplying Wally with the occasional adverb. We'll see what happens ... ah, he just woke up. He's telling me the Indian print blanket makes him feel like he's the inside cover of Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm. What a goofball.

Love, Jim
 

Jun 22, 1998: June 22, 1998

Visualize, vizualize ...

Wally started eating again yesterday. To start off, the nurse brought up a few glasses of fruit juice. After she left the room, he said what he really wanted was something like some kind of creamed soup; at that moment, the nurse came back in with a complete lunch tray. "Well, I didn't order a lunch tray for you," she said, "but for some reason they brought it up anyway. So here it is if you want it." On the tray: a cup of cream of mushroom soup! That brought a chuckle.

Just after he got done eating, the phone rang. Still in visualization mode, Wally said "Ah, that must be Joni" as he picked up the phone. And it was!

Joni had just returned to LA after taking a short post-tour breather -- looking through a large stack of paper that had accumulated while she was gone, she'd found a memo from her manager telling her that Wally was in the hospital (Wally had advised Joni's management that he was going to be out of action for a while, and they apparently forwarded the contact information directly to her). The memo didn't elaborate on the reason for the hospitalization.

Needless to say, Joni was very sorry and concerned when she found out what was wrong. She voiced her distress about the prevalance of cancer, about how it's "in the water and in the food and everywhere," and told Wally about a few related experiences she's had. One acquaintance had colon problems and treated them by taking natural therapies like slippery elm bark, and a certain kind of mushrooms (I've forgotten the name) that you would size up before you ate them -- if the mushrooms looked like angels, they were good to eat, but you'd avoid them if they looked like devils.

Wally recalled that her kahuna (that's Hawaiian for medicine man or woman, I've learned) had battled colon cancer. Joni wondered where a kahuna would go when they get sick -- her kahuna unfortunately wasn't able to cure herself.

They talked about healing energies, too. Joni said she has used yoga to help through periods of ill health, and described a process in which she visualizes spinning discs, white at the top, then purple, continuing with other colors as she works her way on down. She visualizes the discs spinning clockwise 20 times, then 20 times counterclockwise, repeating the process over and over again ("You can't do it too many times").

As most of you probably know, Joni had polio as a child; she learned the power of "tone" at a young age. The tone that you put behind what you say can be even more important than the words you're saying, she told him, as she recalled her early experiences with that dynamic. ("I'm not going to be a cripple!!") They also talked about energy centers at different locations in the body, what I know as chakras -- Joni said that she often uses the 6th chakra (which I've heard described as the "third eye," located in the forehead) in her work. Wally had me tell Joni about "body enneagrams," a series of movements I've learned that identify one's dominant chakra (everyone has one principal chakra that tends to be more active than the others) and helps to open and balance the others. Wally and I are both "5's" in enneagramspeak, meaning our dominant chakra is the 6th or crown chakra at the top of the head (it governs comprehension and understanding).

Wally told Joni about how the JMHP project has provided healing energy for him, how it got him through his first bout with cancer and helped him keep going; she agreed that it's a good thing to have somewhere to direct your energy. He was thrilled to hear that Joni had visited the site with Kilauren and her boyfriend Teddie just after Laura Nyro died last year. She said she read an amusing exchange in the Cafe section (the JMHP's discussion area, which Wally later released to Les and is now the JMDL) about "who was more oriental -- Joni or Laura Nyro." Wally voiced his opinions about the value of discussion lists and the opportunity they give fans to share experiences, correct misconceptions, and explore feelings about late-breaking news.

They also talked about the tour; Wally told Joni that he had a great time. He told her that he'd known about the cancer recurrance before the tour started, but didn't bring it up because he was afraid somebody would become concerned and wouldn't want him to go. He also mentioned how visits to the JMHP increased dramatically during the tour (48,000 visits as opposed to 36,000 visits the previous month), which to him proved that "interest really increases when you're out there."

"You do get attention out in the limelight," Joni agreed. She asked if Wally had heard that she'd picked up a bug at the Gorge and wasn't feeling well for much of the tour; he remembered when she mentioned it during the performance. He learned that Joni also developed an allergy to some kind of glue on the tour bus, which, together with the "Gorge bug," left her feeling a bit dazed and "on automatic" at times. As far as Wally was concerned, it didn't affect her performance at all. He told her that if anything, the bug gave her voice even more depth and served to emphasize her poetry.

The conversation turned to comparing notes on reactions they had heard to the tour. Wally told Joni about many positive remarks that had been made by Dylan and Morrison fans who were impressed with Joni's unique guitar sound (she used twelve tunings on the tour) -- they loved the richness of the VG-8 and thought it sounded like more than one guitar. They also spent a few moments puzzling over some of the odd comments made by reviewers. "Ignore 'em, they don't know what they're talking about," Wally said. At one point, Joni wondered if a Bay Area reviewer who had made some "senselessly negative remarks" (my words, not Joni's) was the same one who panned Carroll O'Connor's recent play, prompting him to quit the business; she sensed a sameness in the bitter shades of the writing.

(This reviewer, I remember, is the yutz who had never thought of Bob Dylan as anything other than Jakob Dylan's father up until the night of the San Jose concert -- as I said in my Internet Community review of the second LA concert at Pauley Pavillion, "Now, there's somebody with a far-reaching sense of perspective -- reviewing concerts for a major metropolitan newspaper! Get a clue!")

As Joni and Wally talked about the taping sessions May 29/30, she mentioned rumors that she was going to play a lot of oldies had somehow started to circulate. She's sorry that so many people just want her to concentrate on recycling her old material; Wally agreed, saying that he wished more people were interested in looking at music in a "historical" way, watching artists grow and mature long term instead of clamoring for oldies all the time or just hopping from one "flavor of the month" to the next.

Joni has seen the raw footage of the two taping sessions and thinks there are enough magical moments in the tapes to make up a really good set (I can't wait). The Eagle Rock Productions footage apparently makes the background black behind her -- she expects that some Super 8 footage taken by Don Freed will be used as well, because it shows the audience comfortably draped over couches in the set she designed. She originally expected to direct as well, but it now looks like she'll come in later to make the changes she wants before the final version is released.

She said that she had a harder time connecting at the Friday night taping session due to an overflow of industry types, but Wally said that he didn't think there was any noticeable effect -- he thought Joni looked great during the tapings and told her so, prompting a short exchange about "Hollywood Hair" and "Hollywood Makeup." Paul Starr, who did her makeup for the show, is an "artist who just picked faces to paint," she said. She did look wonderful, if I do say so myself -- we're all in for a real treat later this year (probably around October).

By now, they had been talking for almost an hour and a half and Wally was starting to worry about taking up too much of her time (although she apparently didn't mind hanging with him on the phone for a while longer). Before they hung up, they talked about Taming the Tiger for a while; Wally mentioned that he thought "Harlem in Havana" would have fit nicely on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter. The song is a childhood recollection of a carnival she went to -- Joni says songs that come to her when she's thinking about her teenaged years always end up as shuffles (think "Cherokee Louise" and "Ray's Dad's Cadillac"). She'll most likely just sing if she does "Harlem in Havana" live, as it's a difficult song to sing and play at the same time.

After making some preliminary plans for a pre-Taming the Tiger interview (once Wally's up to it), the conversation ended with a few recuperation recommendations from Dr. Mitchell: "Watch some comedies, like Nick at Nite or comedy movies -- laughter is a healing thing, even if you prefer dramas."

"Well, I am kind of a drama queen, but OK, I'll take your advice. Bye, Joni."

Well, well! That sure perked him up!

I brought Wally home (to my place, that is) around noon today. He's in my living room watching TV as I type (Judge Judy can be a great source of healing laughter). More on how he's doing tomorrow.

Remember: visualize, visualize ...
 

Jun 8, 1998: June 8, 1998

Hi everyone,

I want to say once again how much joy I felt traveling along with Joni's tour over the last few weeks and what a pleasure it was to meet folks from the JM Internet Community. In addition, your e-mails about how much you appreciated my tour reports and about how thrilled you were that I'd finally met Joni meant a great deal to me. I fulfilled one of my own dreams but also felt like I was a stand-in for the dreams of many others.

My message today is rather like True Confessions -- I've been keeping a big secret from most of you out there in the JM Internet Community. I feel that it's time for a round of personal revelations about myself and my history.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in March of 1995. During the ten days between my diagnosis and surgery to remove a large tumor, I took stock of my life and promised God (or my personal equivalent of that energy) that if I survived the operation, I'd commit myself to a project that was creative, beautiful and unselfish. I had no idea then what it would be, but decided to make myself available for the mission.

While convalescing from my surgery, my best friend Jim set me up with a high speed modem. As new arrivals to the Internet often do, I surfed through Web search engines trying to locate information on my favorite subjects. When I typed in Joni Mitchell's name, I was shocked to find there was nothing of any quality or quantity about her on the web. I found a picture or a mention of her on other musician's sites, but no site dedicated exclusively to her and her career. With that, I set about learning HTML and the Joni Mitchell Homepage was born.

I've accomplished many goals with this project, foremost of which is providing a place for Joni-philes to group together, learn about and celebrate their love of all things JM. I've also enjoyed conversations with fascinating people who have worked with Joni, Brian Blade and David Crosby among them. In addition, there have been magical events connected to the JMHP that went way beyond what I could ever have expected, particularly the reunion between Joni and her daughter, Kilauren.

Today I face another crisis in the fight with my disease. I must have another operation to remove a recurrence of the tumor that threatened my life three years ago. I found out about the need for more surgery before Joni's tour with Bob and Van began, but I talked my doctors into delaying the operation until the tour ended so I could travel along with it. They prescribed anti-spasmodics and pain killers to help me through my bad episodes (of which I had more than a few). I think I successfully hid my pain from almost everyone I met; the friends who traveled with me put up a protective barrier around me when I needed it. My surgery is scheduled for sometime within the next two weeks, with 6-8 weeks of recovery time and perhaps 6 months of chemotherapy following that.

Why am I announcing my condition to the Internet community? My reasons are twofold: First, I think it's important for people to know how much can be accomplished when a person is forced to face his or her own mortality. Creating the JMHP under these circumstances allowed me to muster energies I might not have otherwise become aware of. Second, the positive energy that I get from you folks is essential to my well being because I don't seem to be able to generate it as easily myself this time around. In my darkest moments, I wonder if my pact with God is now fulfilled and that it's time for me to move on. At other times, I know there's much more for me to accomplish: for example, I'm really looking forward to designing a new JMHP section where you'll be able to order t-shirts and lithographs from Joni's tour.

There have been unexpected benefits, too. While editing text for the website, I've discovered many new situations where a semicolon works perfectly well.

Needless to say, this will not be an easy time for me. I'll maintain Joni's website as well as I can, but once I have my surgery I'll be pretty much out of commission for a few weeks until I start to feel better. My buddy Jim will keep you up to date on my recovery. Please stay tuned...

Sometimes change comes at you
Like a broadside accident
There is chaos to the order
Random things you can't prevent...
 

Jun 5, 1998: June 5, 1998

Last weekend (May 29th and 30th), Joni gave two concerts at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Ca. With a guestlist of less than 200 people, she appeared before the cameras for two and a half hours each evening, performing both solo and with her touring band.

The concerts were filmed by Eagle Rock Productions and a video will be compiled of the best of the performances from the two shows, and this will be offered to TV in Canada, the U.K. and other countries. In the U.S., it will be shopped to PBS and VH-1 before it's offered for sale as a home video this coming October.

Joni asked that her fans be included as some of the guests, and Eagle Rock and Reprise asked for my help.
 

May 20, 1998: May 20, 1998

My "On The Road" (with Joni/Bob/Van) reports are now up on the web, as well as the reports of others from the Joni Mitchell Internet Community.
 

May 11, 1998: May 11, 1998

The new pages I designed for my "On The Roada" reports are up. There's not much info on them yet but as the tour rolls on, they'll be filled with both my reports and the accounts of anyone else who submits a review of a show, as well as the photos that my photographer takes.

I leave for Vancouver B. C. and the first of Joni's seven shows this Thursday the 14th. In my dreams we fly...
 

May 1, 1998: May 1, 1998

I'm launching two new pages on the website today. First up, a conversation with Brian Blade, who plays drums on Joni's new album Taming the Tiger. In fact, she's referred to him as her "musical partner" on the project. He's a soft-spoken guy from Shreveport, LA., whose first JM album was Hejira, which he listened to in his VW Bug driving to and from high school. Brian is also one quarter of the band that will be playing with Joni at her shows with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison this month.
 

Apr 15, 1998: April 15, 1998

The Official Joni Mitchell Internet Community Shirts are now available. There are two types, a "t" and a denim which you can now buy directly through the [expired] link below. Wearing one of these shirts at the upcoming JM concerts with Bob Dylan would be the perfect way to show your support of Joni's music and her internet community, and for us to identify each other at the shows!
 

Mar 13, 1998: March 13, 1998

For the latest news on Joni's upcoming tour with Dylan, go to theWHAT'S NEW & UPCOMING page.
 

Mar 9, 1998: March 9, 1998

Today, I'm launching a new page containing my conversation with photographer Mark Roth. He took all the photographs for Joni's first album, "Song to a Seagull," and he's given me permission to reproduce those photos as well as a couple of shots of Joni from that era that have never been seen before. Mark has also taken photos for Life, Fortune and other renowned magazines. In addition, he's worked for many years with performer Richie Havens as a co-producer and songwriter.
 

Feb 24, 1998: February 24, 1998

The First Annual Writers Contest is now closed for submissions. You may now vote for your favorite entries with these rules:
You may vote only once.
Voting ends at midnight EST on March 21, 1998.
You must be a member of the JMDL on March 21, 1998 for your vote to count. All votes will be verified with the JMDL roster on this date (using the email message's return address) and votes by non-members will be disqualified.
Within each valid vote received, first place votes receive 3 points, second place votes receive 2 points, and third place votes receive 1 point.
At the end of the contest, the entries with the 3 highest total points will win the contest.
All entries have been randomly numbered.
 

Jan 20, 1998: January 20, 1998

Welcome to the First Annual Writers Contest (presented by the Joni Mitchell Discussion List & Cafe in cooperation with The Joni Mitchell Homepage). Send in your original essay, short story, poem, etc. (fact or fiction) with Joni as it's primary theme. For example, you can send an account of how you were first exposed to Joni's music, the first time you went to a JM concert, a poem about Joni, and so on. The most well-written submissions will win a copy of "Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics" and many other great prizes.

Three winning essays will be chosen by vote and published in "The Written Word" section of the JMHP. They will also be hand-delivered to Joni herself! Deadline is February 20th. (Contest is now closed.)
 

Jan 5, 1998: January 5, 1998

Today, I'm launching two new pages which contain my conversations with two women linked by their love of the dulcimer. Ruth Barrett worked on the Hits & Misses songbooks project last year by transcribing the songs which Joni wrote on the dulcimer for her album Blue.

Ruth partnered on these songbook transcriptions with Joellen Lapidus, who also has a longtime link to Joni due to the fact that at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1969, she sold Joni her very first dulcimer, an instrument handbuilt by Joellen. Some of you may remember that in concert in the early 70s, Joni often talked to her audiences about Joellen as she described the beautiful dulcimer (with it's intricate carvings) which she was playing on the tour.

Here they are:
A CONVERSATION WITH RUTH BARRETT - OCTOBER 17, 1997
A CONVERSATION WITH JOELLEN LAPIDUS - OCTOBER 18, 1997
 

Aug 8, 1997: August 8, 1997

The newest biographical section, "Just Rewards 1995-97," is ready for launch. Within this two-part review, I report on Joni's Grammy Awards, the Polar Music Prize, the interview by Morrissey, her reunion with her daughter and much more!
 

Aug 4, 1997: August 4, 1997

Elektra has begun it's re-release of the eight Joni Mitchell albums that came out on the Asylum label in the 1970's. These projects are re-mastered in HDCD and re-packaged to include all the original artwork, lyrics, typesets, etc. from "FOR THE ROSES" in 1972 to "SHADOWS AND LIGHT" the live album from 1979. I had the occasion to listen to DAT tapes of six of the eight HDCD releases and I have to tell you that this is such a wonderful present for appreciators of Mitchell music. These are stellar sounding and beautiful re-issues. If you have "HITS" & "MISSES," (and if you don't, then why not?) try comparing (A/B) a song between the original CD release and the HDCD version on the anthologies, and you'll hear how good these CD's sound. The upgrade of the sound was done by Joe Gastwirt of Ocean View Digital Mastering in W. Los Angeles.

The first two album packages to be eased into general circulation are Joni's biggest seller "COURT AND SPARK" and her first live album "MILES OF AISLES," both from 1974. I received an e-mail from Robbie Cavolina, art director for the projects, and he told me that "COURT AND SPARK" is "a triumph of repackaging. It's just like the original album." Four minutes of segments of Joni talking to her audience that were removed from "MILES OF AISLES" to accomodate the mid-1980's limit of seventy-five minutes per disc have been restored in their entirety. The inside photos (by Henry Diltz) have been changed from black & white back to color and are now in their proper dimensions. The cover has actually been re-designed to fit Joni's original concept and intent. Robbie Cavolina told the "ICE" newsletter the following about the cover art-

"David Geffen had just sold Asylum when the album came out. Joni designed the cover and had given it to the art director, but she didn't like their proofs; the picture was supposed to be airbrushed to the drawing. They were supposed to sync up together. And she hand-wrote the type up in the corner for them to typeset, (not reproduce as is). She didn't have anybody left on her team there, and they ran out of time...."

I've seen this "MILES OF AISLES" package and it's beautifully done, complete with a fold-out of the photo of Joni with the members of her band, The L.A. Express. Watch the stores throughout 1997 for all eight HDCD re-mastered albums to replace the older versions as they sell out.
 

Mar 29, 1997: March 29, 1997

The news about Joni being reunited with her daughter is truly marvelous. Here's what I know :

Joni gave birth to a daughter in February 1965, but was not able to handle raising the child by herself. Difficult as it might be for some to comprehend these days, it was a great disgrace to have a child out of wedlock at that time; Joni didn't even tell her parents about the birth until two years after she gave the child up for adoption.

Joni did make a few attempts over the years to find her daughter, but adoption secrecy laws in Canada are apparently very strict. She hit one barrier after another in her search, but fortunately her daughter also began looking for her birth mother recently.

A friend told her about a report he'd read in a Canadian tabloid newspaper about Joni's search and she went to the research library at a local college but was unable to find any substantial information on Joni there.

Now here's where it gets amazing: Joni's daughter, who was taking computer classes, then went to the internet and found the Joni Mitchell Homepage (here!). She discovered 15 leading facts about Joni's history from reading the bio sections that matched information she'd received about her parents; After reading the information, she decided that she'd found her birth mother. She then contacted me thru e-mail.

Joni had mentioned in an interview that her daughter had been born around Valentine's Day, so I asked one pertinent question: her birthdate. When her answer was close to that date, I referred her name to Joni's managers. She'd contacted their office by phone around the same time but she'd met, as could be expected, with distrust. There had been many pretenders who'd contacted the managers and myself claiming to be "Little Green." (I had inquiries from more than a dozen women looking for their mothers). The managers eventually investigated and verified her authenticity after she faxed her birth records to their office.

Les Irvin from the Discussion List was also contacted and he e-mailed her a couple of articles about Joni's search that had been printed in Canadian news periodicals.

Sue McNamara, who at the time was assisting me with the mail, was also helpful in urging me to be certain to pay attention to this particular e-mail. She said she had a feeling about this one.

Joni's daughter's name is Kilauren Gibb, a former model and current computer student living in Toronto with her boyfriend Ted, and her 3 1/2 year old son Marlin. (So Joni is now a grandmother!). Kilauren flew to L.A. in mid-March and spent nearly three weeks with her mother there. When she returned to Toronto, she e-mailed and told me : "Just got back from L.A. It was wonderful. Thanks for your help. If it wasn't for your J.M. home page I would have never found her!"

I was told by Julie Larson, my friend at Reprise, that Joni was preparing a statement about her experience for publication on the homepage, which she thought was appropriate considering the role that the Web played in helping Kilauren find her. When the news leaked out to the Canadian press, however, Joni decided that she must talk to the L.A. Times, which she did.

My very best wishes go out to Joni and Kilauren.

I feel that the Web connection to the reunion was the spiritual purpose of my project. My work began from love, and more love still has sprung from it. This is real magic and no one can ever take that away.

My work here, however, would not have progressed so far without the encouragement of the thousands of folks who've written and thanked me for providing a place for everyone to join together to celebrate Joni. I thank all of you for your emotional support. It was a lonely place for Joni fans on the Web before I started the homepage two years ago, and now look what we've created together!

I also salute those who've directly helped me. Because of their assistance and enthusiasm, I was inspired to spend a year building the bio sections and when Kilauren came to the Web, the information that she needed to positively identify her mother was there for her to read.

The only credit I'll personally accept for the reunion is for doing a great job on this website. And it's a job I'll continue to do. The fact that my homepage was here to facilitate Kilauren finding Joni, that I share with all of you. Thanks for being here with me.
 

Oct 11, 1996: October 11, 1996

By James Leahy

Joni Mitchell didn't do a lot of publicity for Hits and Misses in Canada. She accepted the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in Ottawa in November and did a few newspaper interviews while she was there. However, before coming east, she snuck down to Vancouver from her house in Sechelt, BC, to do an interview with Vicki Gabereau for CBC Radio. It was broadcast in two parts, October 9 and 10, 1996, and yours truly actually missed it. Thank goodness for CBC's audiotape service! Vicki is one of the country's best interviewers -- tough as nails but with a heart of gold. (In fact, Joni personally requested an interview with her for her Canadian promotion of H&M).

Each half of the interview was bookended with songs from Hits and Misses. Total talking time was under an hour. Here are a few of the highlights:

· Polar Music Prize ceremony. In Stockholm, Joni was tired and giddy from jet lag and felt like a kid in church during the ceremony. She was in the mood for giggling, but she had no "conspirator" to fool around with. She wore army boots under her floor-length dress -- she dresses for comfort nowadays. Joni said Sweden's King Carl Gustaf had a mischievous air.

· Travel: Joni doesn't travel to exotic locales because of her propensity to come back on a stretcher. Africa is out because of "air-borne AIDS," which I have never heard of -- nor had Vicki Gabereau, who could only repeat: "air-borne AIDS?"

· House in B.C.: Evidently, property taxes on her island are going through the roof so that property owners will be forced to subdivide their land. Joni hasn't done this yet, but says that her property is becoming dangerously full of wildlife.

· Joni Mitchell hates her job: Joni says she was on the verge of mouthing off to the entire music industry when she accepted her Billboard award. She even approached Reprise to tell them she hated the music business and that she needed their help to make things better. She said musicians are viewed as sharecroppers and the record company as the shareholders; the artist's work is reduced to "a ribbon of red."

· The dream: To illustrate her distaste for the music business, Joni related a dream she had. She was getting off a bus in early spring on a bleak Prairie landscape. As she stepped off the bus, she stepped into a puddle of slime. On an embankment she saw a blue heron, its mouth propped open with popsicle sticks. The bird said "Don't look at me." Dream-Joni realized that she didn't have to look at the bird -- the bird was her.

· Geffen Records -- Bah! Humbug! One Christmas, Joni was preparing some of her paintings to give to her record company at the time, Geffen Records. Their gratitude took the form of "obliterating" Wild Things Run Fast and Dog Eat Dog by deleting them from the Geffen catalogue. [Of course, we know they were eventually reinstated.]

· The hostile press: Joni lambasted the Toronto press for their treatment of her during her Turbulent Indigo press tour there (here!). One critic said that Raised on Robbery represented Joni's "sexual awakening." Joni: "Did he actually think I go into bars and pick up men with lines like 'I'm a pretty good cook, I'm sittin' on my groceries'?" Joni tells of meeting Emmylou Harris at a recent awards ceremony. Emmylou looked tired and explained that she had just finished doing a press tour. "Why can't they leave us something of ourselves," she said to Joni.

· Vicki and Joni square off: Joni continues dissing the press. Vicki shoots back that artists always want interviews when they're trying to promote something but when Vicki wants Joni, she never returns her calls. "You use me when you want me," said Vicki.

· Small People: Joni talked of meeting a writer named Michael Small. Small told her he would like to do an in-depth interview with her for People magazine. "Isn't that a contradiction in terms?" Joni countered. Small said that the magazine "owed him one." The only trouble, he confessed to Joni: "I'm not a very good writer yet." [This article did eventually appear in a December 1985 issue of People magazine -- and it was a biggie.]

· The Fez: Joni talks of her appearance at New York's Fez club in November 1995. Since this story has been printed numerous times, I won't go into details. However, I like the way Joni described how Chrissie Hynde was allowing her irritability from touring to fester: she was "mulching" in it. Joni confessed that she too is irritable and grumbles a lot, but "it's not fruitful and people don't want to hear it ... I like to sit alone in cafes a lot." [Personally, I think Joni just has low blood sugar -- that explains all those melancholic masterpieces from the seventies.]

· Polite Canadians: The more she lives in the States, the more she seems a foreigner when she's in Canada. To Joni, Canadians appear nicer on the surface but there's a meanness bubbling under all that politesse -- "when it turns it really turns." "The U.S. has a tradition of criticizing itself. Canada doesn't. I can criticize the States, but I can't criticize Canada."

· Good friends: As an only child, Joni wanted to have brothers. Today, she gets along with men but has a hard time with women. Most of her buddies in LA are gay men.

· Special good friend: Her latest beau, Donald Freed, is six years her junior. They both grew up in the same town, and hung out at the same places -- listening to the jukeboxes in town, smoking driftwood ("I was always looking for something new to smoke"). However, they did this separately and never knew each other until they were adults.

· Smoking: Joni tells of meeting a Hawaiian kahuna lady. This woman was told to smoke at age 14 -- so she smoked Sobranis and carried around a purse ashtray because it wasn't considered ladylike to smoke in public. This kahuna told Joni that for certain people tobacco is a grounding herb. "I canÕt think well without it." The kahuna died at age 65 of colon cancer.

And that's about it, folks. In all, a very relaxed interview between two "good old gals."
 

: Birthday Cards from the Internet Community

2005 Birthday Card
Artwork and design created by JDML member Frank Garwood from Southern California. Front, insert, and back are shown.

2004 Birthday Card


2003 Birthday Card

Artwork by Kurt von Behrmann


2002 Birthday Card

Thanks to Steve Polifka for the card design


2001 Birthday Card

Thanks to Steve Polifka for the card design


2000 Birthday Card

Many thanks to Sue Cooper for contributing her painting, and to Rose Joy for her photo collage.


1998 Birthday Card

Jim and Wally designed the inside of the birthday card using the cities, states and countries of those of us in the Joni Mitchell Internet Community as a background for our birthday wishes.


 

: Coyote Rick and Jimmy's Excellent Evening

Joni Mitchell: A Tribute In Song; October 16, 2001

Dear Correspondents:

Tonight, JMDLer Jimmy Stewart from Fort Myers, FL and I attended Canada's tribute to Joni's music. It was absolutely fantastic for someone who appreciates excellent music, not to mention dyed in the wool Joni fans such as Jimmy and I. I'll just start off by saying we thought it was even better than the TNT tribute done some time ago.

I'll get to the setlist and JimmyRick critique in a minute but first would like to describe the venue. It is a small theatre (the Premiere Dance Theatre) seating maybe 300 people in the Harbourfront district. The acoustics were perfect and there were no bad seats, even with open seating. The theatre is located on the 3rd floor of a huge, lovely office/retail complex located on the waterfront. It appears to be the adaptive reuse of a large, old maritime building, but I'll leave that to the residents of this part of Canada to verify.

To use the word classy is to understate the atmosphere of the evening. Joni would be so damn proud of her country men and women's work. Musical Director, Aaron Davis put together an evening rivaling that of the most celebrated Hollywood or New York counterpart. Our quick count showed about 200 people in attendance.

Okay, now let's start the music.

The tribute opened with the introduction of the band which was so amazing in their perfection they deserve credit here (as introduced):

Rob Piltch on guitar, Kevin Breit on lead guitar and strings, George Koller on bass, Mark Kelso on drums (man, you should see this guy in the flesh!), John Johnson on woodwinds, and as mentioned Aaron Davis (soon to be musical director of Holly Cole's European tour) as musical director and playing keyboards.

The first singer was Suzie Vinnick, whose new release ThirtyThree Stars is due soon. Suzie first sang a riveting WOODSTOCK in a style similar to that JM would employ. She has a very sweet, soulful voice. I felt a Melissa Ethridge quality. She followed this up with her swinging version of BIG YELLOW TAXI. This included a sax highlight by John Johnson which was wonderful. She played acoustic guitar and had a large following in the audience. What a start!

Next we moved to Jimmy's favorite, the sultry Rebecca Jenkins - Michelle Pfeiffer look-a-like with the voice of Allanis Morrisette. Her first task was FOR FREE which was stunning - especially the finish which was about two minutes of an enchanting REAL GOOD refrain. Blew us all away. She moved to another stunning rendition of MORGANTOWN which was mystical with back-up singer David Sereda (best left on back-up, but more of that in a minute). In this, John Johnson performed a clarinet solo which was as mystical as Rebecca's interpretation of MORGANTOWN.

Our next delight was Tuku, an African-American woman with a Chaka Kahn appeal (and dreadlocks) wearing a beautiful camouflage dress. Her voice was that of a soft Lauren Hill. Tuku's first number was WOMAN OF HEART AND MIND which was backed up by heavy drums, percussion, bass, and piano. After much applause, she moved to ALL I WANT which featured a cool clarinet solo, heavy drums, electric guitar, and piano accompaniment. She finished this with a stylized "FREE" refrain, again for about two minutes. You can't fathom how many ways that word can be sung -- it was astonisinhg.

Next up was the aforementioned David Sereda. David is an absolute fan of JM. He has a show at the Stray Dog Salon here in Toronto called Joni Nights. He has also written an opera called the "Twelve Minute Opera." He is a very talented musician with a highly trained, pure voice probably more suitable for Broadway than that of this venue. His first number was HEJIRA. He hit every note perfectly, but it sounded as if it were an excerpt from a perfectly executed Broadway show than a tribute to JM. Think Joel Gray in looks in a Sondheim production. I was disappointed in his next number A CASE OF YOU which he did perfectly but without the commitment I think a woman brings to the song. In fact, Jimmy and I said a man should never sing that song and we hope it never happens again in our lifetime. David is a great guy and I loved that he said Joni's music is words in love with music and harmonies in love with melodies. It's a perfect foursome.

Glad that was over, the next performer was the redeemer Martina Sorbara who starts a US tour very soon. She chose Rebecca Jenkins as her back-up on CAREY! WOW! It was amazing the fun they had and how well they sang this song. Martina is totally cool in her parachute pants exposing her naval ring. She was the first that made CAREY sound brand new with a Dance Club remix soon to follow. Again with Jenkins she did HOW DO YOU STOP - again young, current, and totally a tune of 2001. The band was a bit loud and maybe overpowered her at times -- but it was still an incredible performance.

Intermission was next. Here's a thought from Jimmy: If we think we are the only ardent JM fans, folks, we are wrong. These kids (for the most part) can put us all to shame.

Back to our seats. Songwriter Mark Jordan is up next -- he looked as if he has been up for three days and let Bob Dylan do his hair. He may write songs for Rod Stewart, Cher, Kenny Loggins, and Natalie Cole, but this guy can also sing. He did BSN in a jazzy manner followed by MICHAEL FROM MOUNTAINS in a more traditional manner. He used printed music for both (unlike everyone else, except one) accompanied by light piano and drums. It was a totally unplugged performance and quite nice.

Boy, if that was acoustic -- we weren't ready for Ember Swift! She's Toronto's lead singer of the year and a well deserved title. This girl is beautiful and has the voice of a hardened angel. Kinda punk. She started with a personal tribute to JM admiring her huge influence on women in music. To paraphrase, she noted JM's statement that JM does what she wants to do and is not a feminist. She made music as a musician genderless. YEAH! She did a nearly PUNK version of LESSON IN SURVIVAL followed by a very jazzed version of DRY CLEANER FROM DES MOINES. Wow! She even (for lack of a better word) imitated the sound of a trombone throughout the song -- it was amazing and blew the audience away. Watch this girl. I bought her CD.

Then they brought on Jane Siberry, a Canadian (?) treasure. Certainly the most well-known and maybe most anticipated act of then night. Well, what can we say? We know she did Joni's Jazz and she has a lot of fans on the JMDL. But, she was just mediocre tonight. Certainly she has a very nice voice, but she didn't seem connected to the music and like Mr. Jordan, used printed music to lead her through her set. It was more like a recital than the other artists we saw. On a bitchy note, Jimmy thought she looked like Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her in terms of her appearance. Nuff said. Oh yeah, she sang SISOTOWBELL LANE and an unemotional AMELIA. Guess we all have our bad nights.

Then we had Emm Gryner, who toured (or will tour?) with Bowie and has done her sixth album for an independent label. Oh man, you guys should have heard this. She did LITTLE GREEN - just her and the piano. Then she called Tuku on stage to back her up for HELP ME. Get the hell out of the way Wynnona and k.d.! This is the only song of the night that the audience applauded when it started. Good old POP 40 stuff. I have NEVER heard a better interpretation. It left my heart pounding.

Well, that was it -- except for the finale. All gather back on stage except "the stars," Jordan and Siberry for SHADOWS AND LIGHT. A perfect song for the finale. It was a bit awkward, but all pulled it off beautifully and left the crowd to a standing ovation.

Jimmy and I were so happy to have been there. It was one of those events that happen so rarely for fans of an obscure, yet enduring artist. Our only regret was that more of us from the JMDL weren't there to share in this joy.

(Please excuse typos and misspellings -- it's late, but we were committed to making this post before bedtime.)

No regrets,
Coyote Rick (and Jimmy)
Casa Alegre (actually Executive Apartments)
Hollywood, California (actually T.O.)
 

: Farewell, my friend

It's Saturday night. If we weren't out someplace on Saturday, Wally and I were usually here at my place, making food and working on stories and pictures he'd written and scanned over the course of the week for JoniMitchell.com. I'd edit them or do site design stuff as he occasionally looked over my shoulder: "Yes! That's great!" was always the desired comment, but we'd sometimes gripe at each other over a stubborn sentence or a picture that didn't look right until one of us gave in. It was fun. Saturdays just aren't the same.

It's been raw and rainy in San Francisco lately. What a surprise, then, when on Saturday the 19th we were able to sail out onto the bay with sunny 60-degree temperatures—the spectacular views that make this town famous soothed our sad little entourage and provided a tranquil scene for goodbyes. A full moon tonight, and Kilauren's birthday. He'd like that.

For a short time early on our ride (the cruise lasted a little more than an hour) everybody stayed at the back of the boat while I walked up in front. I talked with Wally for a few moments as we plied our way across the water, just making small talk like "Yeah, I know, you'd rather be home listening to the stereo than out on this boat," or "It turned out to be a nice day, didn't it?" and so on… when I started talking about the "I wish I didn't have to do this" and the "I'm sure going to miss you" stuff, I had some trouble keeping it together. I was very fortunate to be with a caring and sympathetic group of people.

We stopped in a quiet little cove just inside the Golden Gate and said (or thought) our farewells as I gently released the ashes of our pal into the calm bay water. As the ashes swirled about and disappeared, a few seagulls flew in close to the boat and circled overhead, as if to welcome him; the usually very vocal birds were completely silent. The only sounds were those of wind, waves and weeping.

One gull seemed particularly interested in the proceedings, hovering motionless for the whole time. Maybe this is just Jim doing what he needs to do to work through this, but I can't get that bird out of my head; I think Wally's spirit was visiting so he could have a look. I've been listening to the Song to a Seagull CD again and again these days—so free, so out of reach—now everytime I see a seagull I find myself thinking "Hi, is that you?"

Life is strange, sad and wonderful; the chaos of the last few months had subsided long enough for us to have a few peaceful final moments together.

A gathering at my house afterwards went well. Joni and her management company sent flowers, as did Reprise. We listened to a compilation of some of Wally's favorite Joni songs and passed around pictures, sharing memories as we talked and propped each other up. Sue McNamara assembled and sent a beautiful scrapbook of messages from JMDL members.


Wally really didn't want to leave, not when he was alive, not even after he died. I was cleaning house the day before the scattering in preparation for the gathering (a MAJOR project, given the fact that I've completely neglected everything but Wally-related and jm.com-related stuff for at least a month and a half) when I picked up the urn to move it and a big chunk of it broke through! It slipped from my hands and fell apart as it landed on the floor with a thud, a big cloud of dust rising into the air and a mountain of ashes now heaped on the floor next to the computer. Oh, horrors… now what do I do? This isn't listed in The Big Book of Household Hints! Apologizing profusely to the air and thinking about how somebody up there was probably getting a laugh out of my plight, I painstakingly picked everything out of the rug and put it into a plastic bag, although there was a little bit of dust left that I couldn't get to (so I suppose my vacuum cleaner is now inhabited).

The funeral home was kind enough to give me another urn, but as we left for the scattering on Saturday morning and I crossed the threshold of my front door, the bottom of the bag the funeral home had given me broke through and the urn headed to the ground. This time I caught it. My friend Andrew kiddingly admonished Wally: "No! Stop that! We have to go now!" Wally resisted all the way to the end. He always felt this was his second home. As a matter of fact, I feel his presence more strongly here than I do at his own place (possibly because this is where he spent his final days). He's been hanging out here for almost ten years.

This story wouldn't be complete without mentioning the huge impact made by the Internet Community. Since Wally went public with his condition, the site, always very active with e-mail, has received literally thousands of beautiful, heartfelt messages as people everywhere followed Wally's odyssey; the concern, compassion and love that came through this screen moved both Wally and me very deeply. All kinds of messages, some just a word or two, some many pages long, came in from around the world -- from Manhattan to a cloister of nuns in Tibet, and countless points in between. Suggestions to ease pain and help his condition, poems, pictures, even jokes. And expressions of gratitude, always expressions of gratitude.

Sometimes when it seems that the Web is becoming one big ad, I remember how well this experience demonstrates what a meaningful and powerful tool it can be. Wally and his site had a profound effect on many, and those generous people returned an enormous amount of comfort, support and appreciation to him in his darkest hours.

I've lost count of the times I've been reading messages and thought to myself "Oh,this is a really nice one, I have to put it up so everybody can read it." But there are just too many of them. I wanted to thank every single person who sent messages to Wally and me individually, but I'm afraid it's a job I'd never complete (at least not if I'm going to keep his legacy, this wonderful website, up and running). So, although doing so in this post might be a clumsy and inadequate way to go about it, please accept my humble thanks for everything -- for the kind words and support for Wally, for the support and condolences many of you have given me as I worked through this with him and attempt to move on -- everything. We love you all.

jj

P.S. Wally wouldn't like it if this site became centered more around him than it was around Joni, but since the interest in and response to his story have been so big I'll do one more post, about Wally's journey with JoniMitchell.com and about the site's future, soon.
 

: Remastered Blue available March 6

Rhino, Amazon and CDUniverse are all advertising a Remastered version of Blue available this Tuesday, March 6. No previously unavailable tracks will be included.