Monday, July 01, 2013

My Music Monday

Since writing my post on DOMA and Prop 8 last week (Court and Spark), I haven't been able to get Joni Mitchell out of my head.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm a huge fan of the album of the same name - circa 1974.

It has arguably some of her largest hits - "Help Me", "Twisted", "Free Man in Paris" and this week's selection - "Raised on Robbery".

Ok, truly arguable would be "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Both Sides Now" were her biggest hits, the latter being made more famous by Judy Collins.

Either way, Mitchell has had a stellar career.

But I'm a huge fan of "Raised on Robbery".  I'm not sure why - I like the rhythm, the arrangement, the use of the Hammond organ and possibly the metaphors of cooking as prostitution.

My Canadian friends and readers will only hear "Maple Leafs" and "hockey game".  If the song had the word "poutine" in it, they'd ejaculate on the spot.

You'd think I was way too young to be into Mitchell back in '74 - and I was.  I was just a tot {oh shut up}, but my oldest sister listened to her and it was hard not to absorb some of that (though I never got her love for Edgar Winter).  Later in life, I'd own any number of Mitchell's disks on my own, but Court and Spark still ranks as the best.

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