July 8, 2009

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark

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I thought a lot about Joni Mitchell as I was driving through the hills and canyons of Los Angeles the other day.

Court and Spark is one of my cherished albums that was worn thin from listening over and over in my early teens. The songs still get to me today, maybe even more because now I have lived through the heartache and messed up relationships.

Something else I love about Joni is that she's an artist.

I am having a hard time blogging lately. I kind of feel like combining all my blogs but that would be weird. I don't think the music people want to hear about my personal life, and the people following the saga of my lie (son in jail, falling in love, unemployed, yadda, yadda) don't necessarily give a rat's ass about classic rock music.

But, to me, I have a hard time separating the two. I must write. I must listen to music. Both make me feel, both are therapeutic, neither are optional.

Help me, I think I'm falling in love again....

We love our loving, but not like we love our freedom....

Didn't it feel good to sit there talking, or to lie there not talking....

Both of us flirtin, and hurtin....

You've had lots of lovely women, now you turn your gaze to me
Weighing my beauty and imperfection to see if I'm worthy

It always seems so righteous at the start, when there's so much laughter and so much spark. When there's so much sweetness in the dark.

his eyes were the color of the sand and the sea.
the more he talked to me, the more he reached me,
but I couldn't let go of LA,
city of the fallen angels....

Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark
Joni Mitchell - Help Me
Joni Mitchell - Car On A Hill





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5 comments:

musicobsessive said...

C&S was the first Joni Mitchell album I ever bought and, like you, I played it over and over. It inspired me to buy all her back catalogue and most of her 70s and 80s albums going forward. Although I now prefer 'For The Roses', this will always have a place in my heart as it brings back my teen years of yearning for love.

tad said...

But U left out "Raised on Robbery"! It's 1 of my all-time faves, just Bcos it's so silly. "Twisted" is pretty wild 2. Great album, lotsa good stuff. Joni's HEJIRA has some great stuff on it 2....

Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

Great album! I love Joni!

Sherry said...

I used to play "Court & Spark" over & over, also, in my little Florida garage apartment. I would open all the windows & sit out on the screened in porch at night, thinking all my neighbors enjoyed it as much as I did!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Martin, I am so glad you can relate. There's never been anyone quite like her.

Tad, I was just posting songs I listened to while typing up the post. Every song on the album was great!

Mike, cool, another artist we have in common.

Sherry, pick me up off the floor, I just fainted :)

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