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Richard Redmond

Joni Mitchell

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Joni was born Roberta Joan Anderson and is from Saskatchewan, Canada. She first hit the folk scene around 1965 when she 22. She is a bit of genius really and played piano, guitar and a type of zither equally skilfully in her early years. Most songs she has composed on the guitar use open (non-standard) tuning and she has written songs in around 50 different tunings, which she has referred to as "Joni's weird chords". Her vocal range as a young singer was superb and her voice as clear as crystal. Her folk years of 1968-1974 were probably her best. If you've never heard her work from that period, try the following three clips from live concerts or TV performances from the time. In each of these, she uses a different instrument :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNEZuWm4R0 .........Cactus Tree

...........California

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQM1JkiQgoc ...........For Free

I found the direction she took musically around 1974/1975 hard to swallow and it all got a bit heavy, for me, at the time. I haven't really changed my thoughts on that since. But her early stuff remains simply terrific and I'll always have a soft spot for her work. If you are familiar with Joni Mitchell, you might additionally like some of the following offerings!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-0ebm9XTEM...ted&search= ..............What colour is a Tree? (1965)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY1vWhBjlMw ...........Woodstock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSZcK48cTiU ............Coyote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBu_tzyfsb4 .............Blue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FXeT67MIWw .............My Old Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g_oeXBjqqg ...........Both sides now (recording a bit indistinct)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQlfFuQFXo ..........Both Sides now (2000 audio only)

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Thanks for those Richard, absolute genius.

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Codger   

Richard, for shame, you forgot Chelsea Morning! It's not a video as such, and I can't say for sure but I think some of the images displayed are her own art.

"
I
'm a painter first, and a musician second...
"

- September 8, 1998

I think I've got all of her music here... Can't say without checking, and seeing as I've never catalogued my music collection there's little point in going off and looking.

For those who care, there's some interesting history behind the Chelsea Morning song. If you're not careful I may bore you with it.

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I don't know why, but I had it in my head that she was no longer with us. Sometimes it's nice to be proved wrong..

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Richard, for shame, you forgot Chelsea Morning! It's not a video as such, and I can't say for sure but I think some of the images displayed are her own art.

"
I
'm a painter first, and a musician second...
"

- September 8, 1998

I think I've got all of her music here... Can't say without checking, and seeing as I've never catalogued my music collection there's little point in going off and looking.

For those who care, there's some interesting history behind the Chelsea Morning song. If you're not careful I may bore you with it.

Isn't it something to do with making art from broken glass?

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I don't know why, but I had it in my head that she was no longer with us. Sometimes it's nice to be proved wrong..

Had me worried too!. It's depressing when a great musician dies. Like a certain previous bassist of hers.

I think he's playing the famous beaten-up Fender which he pulled out the fretts himself - with a kitchen knife.

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Richard, for shame, you forgot Chelsea Morning! It's not a video as such, and I can't say for sure but I think some of the images displayed are her own art.

I saw that one, but was trying to keep it to clips of her playing live. Yeah Grahame, I guess I should have made an exception for this particular song! :-)

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Excellent stuff Richard. Incomparable phrasing and poetry, though you missed my favourite: A Case of You

Like a certain previous bassist of hers.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death and that of Tony Williams there's a previously unreleased set of recordings coming out next week under the title Trio of Doom.

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Excellent stuff Richard. Incomparable phrasing and poetry, though you missed my favourite: A Case of You

Yep, another beautiful song. Here's one more :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfDabmoVs8c Joni - The Gallery

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Excellent stuff Richard. Incomparable phrasing and poetry, though you missed my favourite: A Case of You

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death and that of Tony Williams there's a previously unreleased set of recordings coming out next week under the title Trio of Doom.

I'll be looking out for that one. Crikey, 20 years already.

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