Don’t expect intellectual fireworks today; if you knew what’s on my plate, you’d be grateful just for pictures of cats.
To finish off the week, here are three of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs, all from the “For the Roses” album, and all, to my mind, underappreciated compared to her other songs. They’re all cuts from the album, for I couldn’t find any suitable live versions.
You hardly ever hear this one, but “Electricity” is a great song, fantastically inventive:
I know very little about “Blonde in the Bleachers,” but I suspect it was written about Stephen Stills, who happens to be playing the piano on this track (I’m not 100% sure of that, but , the style of playing is Stills’s, and he’s given instrumental credit for “rock and roll band” on that track, which may well mean that he’s playing every instrument, something he’s perfectly capable of doing (as on this track).*
“Woman of Heart and Mind” is simply a gorgeous song, and her voice on this one gives me the shivers:
And, if you have 90 minutes to spare, here’s a documentary about Mitchell’s life, “Woman of Heart and Mind,” made in 2003:
*If I could trade places with one male rock and roller in the history of the genre, it would probably be Stills. Superb on guitar, a great songwriter, a perfect blues voice, and perhaps the handsomest of all rock stars when he was young.