Sunday, November 7, 2010

both sides now

Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.
Joni Mitchell (b. 7 november 1943)

today's writer's almanac reminds us that today is joni's birthday. reading the blurb on joni made me flash on the cervantes quote I ran across yesterday:
As a kid, she got a bad case of polio, and in the hospital the staff told her she couldn't go home for Christmas, and she was so upset that she started singing Christmas carols at the top of her lungs, and she decided that she was a good performer. She recovered from the polio and taught herself to play the guitar by using a Pete Seeger instruction book.
joni performing both sides now in 1970.

and a jazzy, fully orchestrated version of the same song thirty years later

happy birthday joni!!!!

photo: window of luxe restaurant, detroit avenue, cleveland 6 november 2010

(no have yet to check out luxe myself, but hear it's great. we passed by it yesterday during the day of the dead parade - great time by the way - a slide show will be forthcoming this week - I promise!!)


K. said...

And can Joni ever sing!

Watson said...

Thanks for the trip back in memory lane mouse! I might be biased, but I think a mature voice is fuller and richer than a young one. ?

Taradharma said...

Oh, Happy Birthday to Joni! One of my all time favorite human beings/artists/poet/psychotherapist!