Long Joni Mitchell Interview + Appearance on another Canadian show

Despite the interviewer, this is a good one. I don’t mind him generally, but he’s a conventional “journalist” and was in fact out of his depth – though I’ve heard him sound more intelligent in the past. He would have done everyone a favor if he had just tried to have a conversation with her – or at the very least never interrupted her. Be that as it may, it’s better to tune him out and just listen to Joni. Though I’m glad he brought up Bob Dylan. I agree Bob imitated a lot on the way up, but many original artists start that way. I agree that he doesn’t have the best voice in the world or is a great guitar player, but I was surprised that she didn’t find much originality in him – and that she dissed Masters of War. Some might remember he even covered “Big Yellow Taxi.” Ah well, the point of watching the interview is to hear what she has to say, and that was part of it. There is a lot of great Joni on display here – and the meat of what she is saying is nutritious, though many find it hard to chew. She is my kind of artist. I don’t always love her music, but no matter what she’s saying or how she is saying it, it is coming from a place of empathy and humanity. I like her blend of straight, simple, small town talk and poetic intellectualism. She is always searching, always saying love is the way, always calling bullshit when necessary and striving for all of those things our society dismisses and stomps on: truth, beauty, justice – now more than ever. She is a natural intellectual, an autodidact, an outsider, a wit, a survivor, a questioner extraordinaire…and braver than most.