Joni Mitchell, “a painter who writes songs,” has just released a boxed set with four discs of her music, Love Has Many Faces. She also gave a two-part interview to “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio.
In the second interview, Joni Mitchell recounted how she fought back against polio after being told she that would never walk again.
Remarkably, I heard both segments. (Usually I’m making breakfast at a different time of day.)
Remarkably, but not surprisingly, Joni Mitchell’s interview spoke straight to my heart. Much as I remember hearing a peace song she sang on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The words, even the name? That didn’t stay with me. But, like so many in the audience, I registered her screaming prayer for peace. And like so many in my generation, listening intently, I joined with her to send out our spiritual light, our collective demand to bring peace.
Back in the day I heard the Beatles sing live, heard and saw many performances. Yet hers was the singular song I will never forget. Because, once again, Joni Mitchell’s artistry had gone straight to my heart.