“Songs to Aging Children Come” – Joni Mitchell
As I was thinking about my last post for the year, and attempting to conjure up the absolutely perfect choice, I realized that would be an impossible feat. OK, then what? End of the year, we’ve all gotten older, hopefully wiser, and will go on to wish each other a happy, healthy new year for many years to come. With that in mind, I bring you Joni Mitchell’s astounding voice singing this haunting tune.
In 2003 Rolling Stone named her the 72nd greatest guitarist of all time; she was the highest-ranked woman on the list. In 1995, Mitchell received Billboard’s Century Award. In 1996, she was awarded the Polar Music Prize. In 1997,
Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has received eight Grammy Awards, with the first coming in 1969 and the most recent in 2008. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, with the citation describing her as “one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era” and “a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination and integrity.”
She has lead an interesting life, known and worked with some of the best. She influenced and was influenced by a vast array of talents from the ’60s up til now. Her voice is now changing, partly due to age. Mitchell is currently receiving treatment for the controversial condition called “Morgellons syndrome”.
“I’m a painter first, and a musician second…”
“I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance.”
Happy, healthy new year wishes to you all.