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Both Sides Now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    because of the voice

    i have always preceeded my comments about joni mitchell's music with the same disclaimer.......her writing is above reproach, her talent is unquestionable, her influence wide, but her voice always bugged me. still, i felt protective of her and a little possesive. she is a part time local in my area and she's too cool to ignore, so i have always supported the idea of her anyway...but that voice? it isn't a voice i searched out in my music listening mind. i always thought i'd prefer to read her writings, to talk to her, to savor her as a musical poet. i wanted to bump into her on the gulf islands and just talk to her. who was i kidding? i couldn't have tied on my 'brand new pair of roller skates' without her singing me right through the experience. i've looked at her voice 'from both sides now' and admit everything i thought i ever knew i don't, so it is only fitting that i retract my disclaimer and promise never to utter it again. it is unfathomable to me that i will also thank cigarettes for the effect they have on vocal chords over a long period of time (that and the natural aging and maturing of a voice) but it is the voice in the end that has won. so seductive and subtle in its transformation i gleefully ran to get the both sides now cd when i heard it featured on the cbc. i can indulge myself at last in a voice that is summoned willingly by my music listening mind. no longer airy and shrill to my ears it has become a voice, that, because of the voice itself, i want to listen (as i always have on some level) to what the great joni mitchell has to say. revised, reworked, reinvented material....who cares? just listen to her voice and thank her for advancing the legacy of old classics to this century where we may do well to remember the value of a great voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joni's Still Got It

    Although a bit slower than some other pieces she has done, Both Sides Now shows Joni Mitchell still has the 'touch' for music. Hope she keeps them coming.

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