ICONIC NOMAD: Joni Mitchell
collage by monica brand
 
Joni Mitchell, among the most enduring artists in popular music, evokes
the beau ideal of a free spirit. 
Through the prism of sweet, full-bodied 
vocals 
and captivating lyrics Joni has taken us “traveling, traveling, traveling,”; 
from carnivals in Kenora to Chinese cafes, from Spain to California. 
Joni Mitchell's records are the 
revelatory soundtracks of the brilliance and 
beauty of a certain type of sensitive and strong nomad sensibility.
 
“We are stardust, we are golden and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.”
“Woodstock” (Ladies of the Canyon 1970)
 
“Love is touching souls.”
“A Case of You” (Blue 1971)
 
“I'm a wild seed again
Let the wind carry me”

“Let the Wind Carry Me” (For the Roses 1972)
 
“We love our lovin'... but not like we love our freedom.”
“Help me” (Court and Spark 1974)

“People will tell you were they have gone, they'll tell you where to go,
but until you get there for yourself you never really know.”

“Amelia” (Hejira 1976)
 
“Sometimes change comes at you
Like a broadside accident
There is chaos to the order
Random things you can't prevent
There could be trouble around the corner
There could be beauty down the street
Synchronized--like magic”

“Good Friends” (Dog Eat Dog 1985)
 
“If you can fill the journey
Of a minute
With sixty seconds worth of wonder and delight
Then
The Earth is yours
And everything that's in it
But more than that
I know
You'll be alright
You'll be alright.”

“If” (Shine 2007)
 
“I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen
 Now I know a road that winds forever
Through the land the rainbows run
You cross the bridge from now till never
Take the first turn past the sun
Take the first turn beyond the sun”

“(Born to) Take the Highway”

 
August 2012