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Anchoress
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posted 26 April 2005 06:24 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
TORONTO - Songs of a Prairie Girl, the new album by music legend Joni Mitchell, landed in record stores Tuesday. The disc is her way of tipping her hat to Saskatchewan, the province where she came of age.

There's not much in the interview, but this is interesting:

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The singer, known for her elastic vocals on songs like Big Yellow Taxi, also said she's dismayed at the current state of the music industry, which she sees as being dominated by economic – rather than artistic – considerations.

"The idea that our youth is being brainwashed by this sarcasm and bad potty training ... this contrived money music. You hear young artists talking and they're talking demographics."

"There's no muse in this. There's a drive to be looked at. These are not creative people. These are created people.



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lagatta
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posted 26 April 2005 06:57 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The theme is interesting, but on the last recording I heard by Mitchell, alas she had utterly lost her voice. It was sadder than anything else.
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posted 26 April 2005 06:59 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The compilation is all old material. In the interview Joni says she won't be performing, she's 'a painter now'. Perhaps the reason is partly because of her voice.
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audra trower williams
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posted 26 April 2005 07:15 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All those cigarettes. Sad!
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lagatta
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posted 26 April 2005 09:51 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, it is. Opera and other classical vocalists often have to wind up their careers in midlife, but there are so many chansonniers - chansonnières - and jazz singers - who develop a very rich, expressive voice in maturity. Too bad that couldn't be in Joni's case.

Of course she is right about the music industry, but there is something very sad about her these days, as if she has retired from life. There is a large niche for performers outside the plastic norm nowadays - look at Cesaria Evora, so many others ...


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