Category Archives: Joni Mitchell

Memphis – Home of the Blues – Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Old Beale Street is coming down
Sweeties’ Snack Bar, boarded up now
And Egles The Tailor and the Shine Boy’s gone
Faded out with ragtime blues
Handy’s cast in bronze
And he’s standing in a little park
With a trumpet in his hand
Like he’s listening back to the good old bands
And the click of high heeled shoes
Old Furry sings the blues

-Furry Sings the Blues, Hejira
(1976) Joni Mitchell

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John Kelly Transmogrified – Paved Paradise REDUX @ Abrons Art Center

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John Kelly as Joni Mitchell @ Paved Paradise REDUX © Frank H. Jump

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With only six more performances, this is a show you must not miss. John Kelly is an art/performance genius.

“Transformation through spiritual osmosis … magnificent.” — The New York Times

In Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell, John Kelly’s vocal and dramatic skills make for an interpretation that is at once haunting and hilarious, and will gratify even the most hardened “Joni-phile.” The arrangements (performed in the original key) combined with Kelly’s spot-on vocal acrobatics provide an experience that is both original and uncanny. – ABRON ARTS CENTER

JOHN KELLY – Paved Paradise – REDUX


Urge For Going – Joni Mitchell

Thank you henhenstoll for posting this on YouTube! It is a remarkable glimpse into the early years of Joni on TV when even TV was young.

Urge For Going by Joni Mitchell

I awoke today and found
the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all the trees are shivering in a naked row

I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

I had me a man in summertime
He had summer-colored skin
And not another girl in town
My darling’s heart could win
But when the leaves fell on the ground
Bully winds came around
Pushed them face down in the snow

He got the urge for going
And I had to let him go
He got the urge for going
When the meadow grass was turning brown
Summertime was falling down and winter was closing in

Now the warriors of winter
They gave a cold triumphant shout
And all that stays is dying
And all that lives is gettin’ out
See the geese in chevron flight
Flapping and racing on before the snow

They got the urge for going
And they got the wings so they can go
They get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

I’ll ply the fire with kindling now
I’ll pull the blankets up to my chin
I’ll lock the vagrant winter out and
I’ll fold my wandering in
I’d like to call back summertime
Have her stay for just another month or so

But she’s got the urge for going
So I guess she’ll have to go
She gets the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
All her empire’s falling down
And winter’s closing in.
And I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
And summertime is falling down.

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Furry Sings the Blues – Joni Mitchell – Jay Warren – Memphis TN

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New Daisy Theatre - © Jay Warren

“There’s a double bill murder at the New Daisy
The old girl’s silent across the street
She’s silent waiting for the wrecker’s beat
Silent staring at her stolen name…”

“Handy’s cast in bronze
And he’s standing in a little park
With a trumpet in his hand
Like he’s listening back to the good old bands
And the click of high heeled shoes
Old Furry sings the blues…”

– Joni Mitchell – Furry Sings the Blues – Hejira 1976

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Hejira (1976)

Flatbush Crocuses Spring In – Little Green

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“Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there’ll be sorrow…”

Little Green – Joni Mitchell, Blue 1971

Joni Mitchell On Tavis Smiley – PBS

Joni Mitchell on Tavis Smiley, PBS
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Read the transcript of the Smiley interview.

All Sides Now of Joni

All Sides Now of Joni
Click above for link to CBS interview.

From Out on the Edge to the Center of Joni Mitchell’s World – Boston Globe on John Kelly

Kelly Channels Mitchell

‘Paved Paradise’ delivers an affectionate tribute to the spirit of Joni Mitchell – The Boston Globe

John Kelly Channels Joni in Provincetown – Boston Globe

John Kelly Channels Joni

Bad Dreams Are Good in the Great Plan


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Ask people to recall how many nightmares they had in the last year, said one dream researcher, and they might say one or two. Ask them to keep a dream diary, and they will report nightmares once or twice a month. By NATALIE ANGIER
Published: October 23, 2007

Bad Dreams Are Good
by Joni Mitchell
As published in the New Yorker
September 17, 2007

The cats are in the flower beds
A red hawk rides the sky
I guess I should be happy
Just to be alive
But
We have poisoned everything
And oblivious to it all
The cell-phone zombies babble
Through the shopping malls
While condors fall from Indian skies
Whales beach and die in sand
Bad Dreams are good
In the Great Plan

And you cannot be trusted
Do you even know you are lying?
It’s dangerous to kid yourself
You go deaf, dumb, and blind
You take with such entitlement
You give bad attitude
You have No grace
No empathy
No gratitude
You have no sense of consequence
Oh, my head is in my hands
Bad Dreams are good
In the Great Plan

Before that altering apple
We were one with everything
No sense of self and other
No self-consciousness
But now we have to grapple
With this man-made world backfiring
Keeping one eye on our brother’s deadly selfishness

Everyone’s a victim here
Nobody’s hands are clean
There’s so very little left of wild Eden Earth
So near the jaws of our machines
We live in these electric scabs
These lesions once were lakes
We don’t know how to shoulder blame
Or learn from past mistakes
So who will come to save the day?
Mighty Mouse. . . ? Superman. . . ?
Bad Dreams are good
In the Great Plan

In the dark
A shining ray
I heard a three-year-old boy say
Bad Dreams are good
In the Great Plan

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DK Presents… The Hissing of Summer Lawns

Hissing of Summer Lawns

A blog about music singles out Joni Mitchell’s 1975 release, The Hissing of Summer Lawns. This is perhaps my all-time favorite album and perhaps the only thing Prince and I agree on these days.

Joni Has a Shine on Reverend Carlton Pearson

Shine on Reverend Pearson
Who threw away
The vain old God…” Joni Mitchell, Shine

On November 19th, I’m scheduled to speak at a dinner and exhibition of my work at the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue and 29th Street in Manhattan @ 6PM as part of their “GIFTS” program, an LGBT outreach:

GIFTS is a gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered community at Marble Collegiate Church that seeks to reconcile spirituality and sexuality through God’s love. By celebrating the common threads between our lives and faith journeys, we embrace our spiritual inheritance. We welcome all who wish to grow and be energized through Christian fellowship and service.

In my search for a way to address issues of “faith” (in both Science & Religion) which I’ve always approached with skepticism and downright cynicism, I’ve become aware of the work of Reverend Carlton Pearson by way of Joni Mitchell. Mitchell addresses her own cynicism with the Church in her title track Shine on her recent CD with Hear Music/Starbucks. So I’ve done some Internet soul-searching and found these two YouTube pieces about a remarkable Pentecostal preacher who has had the audacity to give up Hell and embrace all “God’s children.”

“God is not a Christian.” Rev. Carlton Pearson

But does She recycle plastic 4’s, 5’s & 6’s?

Will Carlton Pearson ‘Win’?

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NPR – All Things Considered Joni

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UK Guardian on “Shine”

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Other Reviews: Boston Globe ; Chicago Tribune

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