I’m not a huge Joni Mitchell fan, but I think her poignant song “River” is a masterpiece. It’s raw and emotional and I love singing it. I’m curious about Joni Mitchell—her music, her art. Apparently, she’s working on an autobiography. I want to know her side of the story concerning the talented men that she’s been involved with. There’s a long and impressive list! I would like to learn more about the contemplative time she spent on the coast in British Columbia...
ukulele playing hasn’t improved much since my last attempt at recording. For a
time, I was discouraged after comparing myself to others who
play skillfully and beautifully. I was embarrassed at the childishness of my strumming and as
a result didn’t play for many months. It wasn’t fair since the people I was so
in awe of have been playing their respective stringed instruments for many years.
And, since I’ve only been strumming
for just over a year, I need to go easy on myself. In addition though, I’ve
become disenchanted by the sound of the ukulele. I’m seriously considering
packing it in and learning to play the mandolin for a moodier and fuller
I should mention, too, that the “little” voice you hear in the background is Hope. She was playing happily and noisily in another room while I was recording. It makes me smile though and this is just for fun, after all.
As always, thank you for listening. I hope the holidays bring you much joy and perfect
peace. I’m sending love and groovy vibes from this blog to yours.
P.S. Did you know
that Joni Mitchell’s first stringed instrument was a baritone ukulele? She
bought it herself for $36 when she was only 15 years old.
Having tea with a friend yesterday, we were feeling light and heavy. We pondered the words “the only way out is in.” Music and poetry are precious jewels. They flicker like fireflies for the lost and despairing.
I just discovered the artist Olivia Chaney. She has an enchanting voice that will take you to purer times and places. I would love to hear her song “Cassiopeia,” but I can’t find it online. I did find, however, this traditional Scottish ballad that she sings. It makes me think of John Donne for some reason. Is there a connection? ~