A Musical Revelation

The Curmudgeon has always liked the music of Joni Mitchell but she was never one of his favorites, never one of the go-to performers to whom he would turn when he was in the mood for something special.  When he did listen to her music, though, it was almost always to the Court and Spark album, and occasionally, to Blue.

But after hearing some odds-and-ends songs on Pandora recently, he decided last night to listen to the first Joni Mitchell album he had ever purchased:  Ladies of the Canyon.

ladiesAnd he was totally knocked out.  He’s had Ladies probably for thirty years but only listened to it a handful of times, but it was like he was hearing it for the first time:  it was simply astounding.  You know some of the songs:  “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” and “The Circle Game.”  They’re great songs, but they’re by no means the best on the album.  Every song was exquisite, just…a gem.

When The Curmudgeon turned on the album he also sat down to read, but what he heard was almost like a religious experience:  about halfway through the album, he put down his Kindle and just…listened.

And was totally blown away.

And when the album was over, he listened to the whole thing all over again.

He encourages you to give it a try:  skip the songs you already know and try these three:  “The Arrangement,” “The Priest,” and “Blue Boy.”

As The Curmudgeon has written in the past, he’s not an early adopter, and in this case, Ladies of the Canyon was released in 1970.  So sure, he’s forty-four years late to the party, but the important thing is that eventually, he got there.


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  • Barb  On February 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

    She’s one of my very favorites. Right now, my turntable is broken and I haven’t been able to listen to my albums. Is there anybody in this world who fixes them anymore?? lol

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On February 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Oh Barb, we need to bring you into the 21st century. But The Curmudgeon knows there are plenty of people who still listen to records and there therefore must be plenty of people who still fix the equipment that enables them to do so. Seek and ye shall find. Let your fingers do the walking…

      • Barb  On February 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Well, I was able to find a cobbler to repair my favorite shoes, so I guess I can find someone to repair the turntable. But, it would take more than that to induct me completely into the 21st century. I really enjoy your posts….probably because I usually agree with you.

      • foureyedcurmudgeon  On February 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        Thanks for the kind words. And there’s a lot of 21st century things I’m not doing, either: I have but don’t use a cell phone, tolerate Facebook but generally ignore it, and don’t do any social media. So you’re not alone.

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