Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy 66th Birthday To Joni Mitchell

Happy 66th birthday to the beautiful and wonderful Joni Mitchell, born November 7, 1943!

"Back then, I didn't have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn't enough time." ~ Joni Mitchell

"Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell. " ~ Joni Mitchell

With David Crosby about 1968

With Graham Nash, Big Sur Folk Festival, 1969

"There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said." ~ Joni Mitchell

"This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms." ~ Joni Mitchell

"You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining." ~ Joni Mitchell

"“All I really, really want our love to do is to bring out the best in me and in you too.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“I want to have fun. I want to shine like the sun. I want to be the one that you want to see. I want to knit you a sweater. I want to write you a love letter. I want to make you feel better. I want to make you feel free.”
~ Joni Mitchell

“I love you when I forget about me.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“Do you see how you hurt me, baby? So I hurt you too. Then we both get so blue. I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, looking for the key to set me free.”
~ Joni Mitchell

“But you're bound to lose
If you let the blues
get you scared to feel”
~ Joni Mitchell

“When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“Oh, the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling. It's the unraveling and it undoes all the joy that could be.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“You know that it never has been easy/ Whether you do or do not resign/ Whether you travel the breadth of the extremities/ Or stick to some straighter line.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“Tears and fears and feeling proud to say 'I love you' right out loud.” ~ Joni Mitchell

With Neil Young

“I've looked at life from both sides now/ From win and lose and still somehow/ It's life's illusions I recall/ I really don't know life at all.” ~ Joni Mitchell

“I remember that time you told me, you said
"Love is touching souls."
Surely you touched mine
'Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time.
You're in my blood like holy wine,
You taste so bitter and so sweet.”

~ Joni Mitchell

“You're in my blood like holy wine,
You taste so bitter and so sweet.
I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet.
I would still be on my feet.”

~ Joni Mitchell

“They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel,
A boutique, and a swinging hot spot.”
~ Joni Mitchell

"We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." ~ Joni Mitchell

"And maybe it's the time of year. Yes, and maybe it's the time of man. And I don't know who I am, but life is for learning." ~ Joni Mitchell

"Got to get back to the land and set my soul free ." ~ Joni Mitchell

“And the seasons, they go round and round,/ And the painted ponies go up and down./ We're captive on the carousel of time.”
~ Joni Mitchell

"I learned a woman is never an old woman. " ~ Joni Mitchell

1 comment:

Antinomian said...

In Joni's anthem Woodstock comes the mission statement that we got to get ourselves back to the garden. I am one of her we, are you? Consider how Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, for eating the apple of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eating the apple is the same as smoking pot. Being expelled from the garden means being criminalized by the Controlled Substances Act, which in the days of Eden had only one substance scheduled, the apple of knowledge of good and evil. Adam says God told him not to eat the apple. Adam thought that what goes for him should go for everybody. God didn't tell Eve not to eat the apple, Adam did. Nevertheless, she found out for herself, by defying the prohibition. Then she knew good (the apple) and evil (the prohibition). To get back to the garden, we must abolish prohibition.