Blue by Joni Mitchell (1971)
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 @ 5:30 PM
“Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell’s songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity; even tracks like ‘All I Want,’ ‘My Old Man,’ and ‘Carey’ — the brightest, most hopeful moments on the record — are darkened by bittersweet moments of sorrow and loneliness. At the same time that songs like ‘Little Green’ (about a child given up for adoption) and the title cut (a hymn to salvation supposedly penned for James Taylor) raise the stakes of confessional folk-pop to new levels of honesty and openness, Mitchell’s music moves beyond the constraints of acoustic folk into more intricate and diverse territory, setting the stage for the experimentation of her later work. Unrivaled in its intensity and insight, Blue remains a watershed.”
Let’s head to Laurel Canyon, the nexus of the countercultural activities of the late 60s and early 70s, for a cozy and serene dinner at Pace followed by an evening exploration of Lookout Mountain.