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Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell {3min video}
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Posted on 01/12/2014 7:45:17 PM PST by virgil283

""Free Man In Paris" by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.... on her 1974 album 'Court and Spark'...If there is one Joni Mitchell album to own this is likely it. Her singing, writing, and playing are all terrific....."

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: badvoice; jonimitchell
It seems 'quaint' that at one time people sat and listened to music. Usually one or two songs from an album, but when 'Court and Spark' played we all sat and listened to the whole side....listening to the end...Good music...
1 posted on 01/12/2014 7:45:18 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

I can’t stand her voice


2 posted on 01/12/2014 7:48:36 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: virgil283

A great album. Listened to it in full many times as a 16 year old. Made me feel very girly.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 7:50:31 PM PST by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: virgil283
I've never been a huge fan of her performances but as a songwriter she's an absolute genius.She's written about a half dozen of my 50 favorite songs of all time.
4 posted on 01/12/2014 7:59:52 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: virgil283

This song was written with David Geffen in mind.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:13 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: virgil283

I will suggest that “Blue” was her finest.

She is an artistic maestra and a certifiable flake. Maybe that goes hand in hand ?


6 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:30 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: virgil283

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUNrZFreRx4


7 posted on 01/12/2014 8:04:05 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: americas.best.days...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpTGFZSgfA


8 posted on 01/12/2014 8:06:31 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: llevrok
"certifiable flake. Maybe that goes hand in hand ?...I've read a few biographies of 'stars' but soon quit...too depressing...you might be right.
9 posted on 01/12/2014 8:08:02 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: nikos1121

that cool jazz stuff by her at your link.......I like the early folkie much better up to her first jazzy albums.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 8:09:25 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: virgil283

“It’s loves illusions I recall.”

I guess it is considered a woman’s song but it has had great impact on my life.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 8:13:12 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: dennisw
Born to Take the Highway (1965) I like the early folkie ..Thanks I like this song....you know the first LP I ever bought was "Washington Square- The Village Stompers-
12 posted on 01/12/2014 8:23:28 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: llevrok

“I will suggest that “Blue” was her finest.”

I will second that emotion!

A great album to listen to if you are having a sad Christmas, too.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 8:42:13 PM PST by jocon307
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To: virgil283

Hubby and I did that not too long ago with Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks”. Just sat and listened to the whole album, just like in the old days. It was an awful lot of fun.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 8:43:00 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

It’s close. Blue is excellent, but Hejira edges it out on the strength of Amelia and Refuge of the Road.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 8:50:03 PM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: virgil283

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in0g-rpb9S4

THE LADY IN NEWPORT
By Lachlan MacLearn

In the summer of 1966 [sic, should be 1967] a relative unknown walked onto the stage at the Newport, Rhode Island Folk Festival, after being introduced by Judy Collins. It was a breezy summer’s evening and the crowd was restless. I remember thinking that this newcomer, whoever she was, was stepping into some serious company. I can’t recall the exact lineup. Probably Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Odetta, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and the like. As I said, `serious company...’ She appeared to be carrying a tiny Martin Triple-0, but I couldn’t be sure. She wore a long dress. I was too far back to decipher the face.

There was a round of light applause when she was introduced. A tentative strum rolled from the huge PA, then another, and she was beginning her opening number.

The song was ‘Michael from Mountains’. And by the end of the first verse, the crowd had gone from bordering-rude to pin-drop silence. I was riveted.

When the song ended, the strangest thing occurred. For at least five seconds (look at your watch...try to imagine it) the place was dead-silent - ten or fifteen thousand people - dead silent - and then a huge release of cheers and applause.

The short set included `Chelsea Morning’, and I think she played `The Circle Game’ before leaving the stage to a tumultuous and prolonged standing ovation.

I remember feeling so grateful for this amazing new talent and feeling equally sorry for anyone unfortunate enough to be going onstage after her.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 8:55:13 PM PST by kanawa
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To: jocon307

Third it. But Court & Spark was very, very good, too. Probably my favorite of the two (because Blue was so melancholy).


17 posted on 01/12/2014 8:55:39 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: kanawa

Thank you


18 posted on 01/12/2014 9:11:08 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

I like “Shadows and Light” because her band was Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Jaco.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 9:13:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Jaco. Roger that!

Great record. Smokin’ players.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 9:19:59 PM PST by dasboot
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To: dasboot

And I should not leave out Michael Brecker.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 9:22:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: virgil283; llevrok; KGeorge

Pretty amazing we have a Joanie thread going on FR!

One odd thing, our local NPR station loves her (WFUV from Fordham U.) we call it Joanie Radio, but in all the time we’ve listened to Sirius I think we’ve heard ONE song by her.

Hubby and I can’t figure it out, if it’s a “rights” thing or what. I’ve even thought of tuning in some of the Canadian oriented stations to see if I’d hear her there.

Love Joanie, not her biggest fan, but she is very great in her own way.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 9:25:28 PM PST by jocon307
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To: dfwgator
"Joni Mitchell Shadows And Light'....good...song...
23 posted on 01/12/2014 9:27:16 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

You are so right:)

I had this album and listened to to it for hours....I was 13 and sang along thinking I would be a singer one day!

Thank you for the wonderful memory.....

What beautiful long summer days, just me and my albums...


24 posted on 01/12/2014 10:38:33 PM PST by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
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To: dennisw

I became good friends with a young woman at engineering school... she was an architect major, with a minor in theater. SPITTING IMAGE of a young Joni Mitchell... same exact zygomatic arches... as she had Canada blood too. When she sang on stage... it was uncanny. Her voice was like Joni’s as well.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 10:43:59 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: virgil283

I’m glad folks are being polite...given her politics..I too like Court and Spark

..my 11th grade year...

chicks liked it too..like Fogleberg or Buckingham Nicks

her stuff later didn’t work as well for my taste...which is ironic given Tom Scott played on Court and Spark too
but Hissing...just didn’t do it for me

I was more old school ...For the Roses

anyhow..I admit...I liked her


26 posted on 01/12/2014 10:51:31 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: JimSEA
...but it has had great impact on my life.

I am pretty sure that Both Sides Now was the first song I remember hearing as a very young child. Mom and dad owned the album and played it often... they also played Roger Whittaker as well. Different times.

I recall as a young child thinking Both Sides Now was a song sung by an angel about flying around in the clouds.

27 posted on 01/12/2014 11:06:35 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

It gives perspective on life, love and loss. Townes Van Zandt’s music and particularly, “Snowing on Raton” also speaks to the heart but is substantially darker.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 11:26:36 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: virgil283

I miss the whole “Girl Music” genre.

Or, maybe I just miss being 19 years old?

I think you have to include Judy Collins - “Send In The Clowns”

And Joan Baez - “Sad Eyed Lady”

Barbra Streisand had a couple truly beautiful songs.

But I have to agree with others on this thread.

The politics of these women, including fellow traveler Jane Fonda, were just insane, worse actually, they were insanely destructive.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 1:14:25 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: virgil283

Court and Spark was Joni Mitchell’s Sgt. Pepper.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 1:50:21 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: jocon307

:-) I stopped being amazed at the widely varied musical tastes here a while back.

I never listen to the radio (geez. Or watch tv. Or read print media, except for American Conservative & League of the South’s Free Magnolia- & not those, lately). heh I’m threatening to give up the internet & drop out. Beautiful mind & all that.

Joanie Mitchell was very popular when I was in high school & several of my friends & I sang her songs (Blue, Little Green, Morgantown, Court & Spark + probably some long forgotten).

Music is to life as art is to interior design. They don’t have to “go together”.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 3:53:04 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: virgil283

Joni’s lyrics alone are beautiful poems, even without the music. Compare that to, say, Madonna - whose lyrics are nonsensical repetition.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 3:57:18 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: virgil283

Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light - Full Concert (1980)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1XFbhSMxIM

Joni Mitchell, an angel who passes once in a generation to touch us with glimpses of heaven.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 4:05:03 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: virgil283

It’s the only Joni Mitchell album I own (I still spin vinyl).


34 posted on 01/13/2014 4:17:27 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: KGeorge
"I stopped being amazed at the widely varied musical tastes here a while back."

Reminds me of all of the "farewell/fond memories" posts on National Review Online when Joe Strummer (The Clash) died.
W.F. Buckley's protege's - all misty-eyed about a leftist British musician (I was, too).

35 posted on 01/13/2014 4:24:57 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: PUGACHEV
It’s close. Blue is excellent, but Hejira edges it out on the strength of Amelia and Refuge of the Road.

Bravo. Seconded.

I relish her "jazzier" period for Tom Scott's contributions but mostly for Jaco Pastorius' meandering bass on Refuge. His departure from this life was such a loss.

36 posted on 01/13/2014 4:27:19 AM PST by corkoman
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To: Psalm 73

Yeppir. Like that. Melody (& poetry/ prose- or aesthetics) speaks to something within us that can be very different from our politics.

LOL Troublemaker! Now I have to listen to The Clash, which will invariably lead to a bunch of other people. Being Monday morning, this will surely lead to trouble. (needing to clean up the weekend debris, not add more)

Hope you have a great day!


37 posted on 01/13/2014 5:17:54 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: informavoracious

Voice of an Angel “For Free” 1970http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeQDSkWWSpY


38 posted on 01/13/2014 5:29:25 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: Rodamala

zygomatic archs..... I had to look that up. Yep Joni has some Canadian Indian blood. She looks pure and virginal in that early video. She did her best to get rid of that fast and she succeeded. Unfortunately


39 posted on 01/13/2014 6:41:19 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: virgil283
Thanks I like this song....you know the first LP I ever bought was "Washington Square- The Village Stompers- 

Sing along with Mitch. The folk stuff was big and I liked it. I remember the name Village Stompers. Their album cover...photo taken at the arch in Washington Sq Park..,..

Yup I was right---  photo link

40 posted on 01/13/2014 6:49:57 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: informavoracious
"Joni’s lyrics alone are beautiful poems, even without the music. Compare that to, say, Madonna - whose lyrics are nonsensical repetition."

I cannot remember the name of the song, but in her lyrics somewhere, she sings of a frustrated poet, struggling to convey the intensity of his vision while writing with his legs tucked beneath a desk of unfruited wood. Nice.

41 posted on 01/13/2014 8:27:01 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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