Joni Mitchell: My Old Man

August 8, 2006

Joni Mitchell by Roger Bourland

Joni Mitchell by Roger Bourland.

Boy this song brings back memories. Co-ops. Organic food, coffee shops. Protests against the Vietnam war. Cool posters that glowed in under black lights. And Joni. Confessing articulately exactly how she feels about her “old man.” Joni has become one of my favorite lyricsts, or should I say, USED to be — she has retired from songwriting. Her confessional approach and conversational tone infuse this blog I hope.

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DJA August 8, 2006 at 2:26 pm

That’s not my favorite Joni tune (I find her dark side much more appealing), but I do love the bridge changes. And damn, that’s a great performance. It’s too bad Joni isn’t capable of singing like that anymore.

Roger Bourland August 8, 2006 at 2:57 pm

Too many cigarettes. She can barely sustain a phrase anymore, breaks it up in little pieces in a jazzy way.

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