The clouds never got in her way

Joni Mitchell turned 70 this week. Her voice has darkened over the years, but her vision has always been clear.

Roger’s listed his twenty Joni favorites, with links to most; you probably know them all by now. But I wanted to mention her reinvention (in 2000, when she was a mere fifty-seven) of one song of hers that’s been covered six hundred times, enough to make you sick of it — until you hear this arrangement, which will make you fall in love with it all over again.

Just for the record, this is my favorite Joni song. I’d love to hear her sing it again as a contralto.



  1. Roger Green »

    8 November 2013 · 8:07 pm

    It was probably 30 years ago that Joni was complaining about people asking her to sing some song shed done dozen of times, and she compared it with the fact that no one asks a painter to repaint some masterpiece. I wonder what she’d say about that quote now.
    Nice piece. She did a couple covers of her own work on a Herbie Hancock album a few years back.

  2. CGHill »

    8 November 2013 · 9:24 pm

    She could argue, perhaps, that her voice has changed enough to make it a whole new ballgame. And if there’s ever a Farewell Concert, I hope she does “The Circle Game.”

  3. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    9 November 2013 · 9:47 pm

    She’s looked at life from both side now, from soprano to contralto…

  4. canadienne »

    11 November 2013 · 2:30 pm

    If you are interested here is a fairly candid interview with Joni

  5. CGHill »

    11 November 2013 · 5:22 pm

    She definitely minces no words.

  6. canadienne »

    11 November 2013 · 11:39 pm

    Saskatchewan girl.

  7. Arthur (AmeriNZ) »

    30 November 2013 · 5:30 am

    I came here via Roger, and just wanted to mention that that version of “Both Sides Now” is featured in the movie “Love, Actually” in what for me has always been one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the film (Emma Thompson at her best). It’s also available on Joni’s “Dreamland” album from 2004.

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