‘Spot light on a Song’
As the holiday season approaches, I usually pull out a few of my favorite movies for their annual viewing. Never does a movie make my favorite list unless its soundtrack has been purchased and in my car or on my ipod. This song in particular happens to be included in this feel good flick. And as I was listening to it this week, this song in particular moved me more than most years.
Today’s featured song is by the great Joni Mitchell, born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943. Joni is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter and began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.
Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century.” Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever.”
Her lyrics are noted for their developed poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside personal feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion, and joy. Things I strive for when I write my own songs.
Have a beautiful day and weekend music fans!
Strum a little…..