November 15th, 2021

Deficiency weekly

Dept. of This and That

Listsickles, Part Deux

I'm listening to Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, and thinking about how well it helped me get through my late teens and early 20s; I could remember nearly all of the words for so many of the songs. I still love the windy feel of the music's arrangements. Today, I took a look at the people involved, and saw that Tom Scott played oboe; I also saw that Mitchell herself did the string arrangements. I still love listening to her words; she may never have found all the kinds of love she wanted (and how well she knew that she wouldn't), but she sure knows humanity, she's an amazing observer. Her later albums are less accessible, although they are truly good (Hejira and The Hissing of Summer Lawns are eminently listenable and extremely sophisticated, both musically and lyrically. I have yet to listen to Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.)

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