One of the first CDs I ever received (back when CD players were like, rad) was Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon. I didn’t pay any attention to it, like any good music, until mid-high school. My mom loves Joni Mitchell; we’d play her albums while we did laundry or cleaned the house. That album cemented in me a permanent adoration for the singer and songwriter who was a little more flower-child than rock ‘n’ roll.
If you haven’t heard, Mitchell has been in the ICU since Wednesday after being found unconscious in her home. Don’t let the headline fool you; “Big Yellow Taxi” may be her most well-known song, but it isn’t her most complex (naturally). While I’m hoping she recovers, I have to acknowledge that she’s lived a long and accomplished life. So if you’ve never heard of her, or never taken the time to listen, here’s your chance:
I could drink a case of you / and still be on my feet.
Get well soon, Joni.