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The Emergence of Joni Mitchell

From: Paul Ingles
Length: 01:59:00

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Two-hour exploration of the seminal work of heralded songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Jonimitchellbybaronwolmansmall_small Available now to all public radio stations. Most "favorited" piece on PRX in 2007. When  Joni Mitchell released her last album of new material in 2007 ("Shine"), award-winning producer Paul Ingles marked the occasion by hosting "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell," a two-hour examination of one of the most heralded songwriters of her time. In this third installment of his series on the seminal work of important figures in popular music, Ingles and his guests explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades. Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display through her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals. The program focuses on Mitchell's key releases to illuminate the musicianship of the woman "Rolling Stone" called "one of rock's most daring and uncompromising innovators." By mixing Mitchell's music from these pivotal moments with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell" articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer.  Over 50 Mitchell songs are featured.  Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson and Holly George-Warren. Also featured are musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky and others.

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Available now to all public radio stations. Most "favorited" piece on PRX in 2007. When  Joni Mitchell released her last album of new material in 2007 ("Shine"), award-winning producer Paul Ingles marked the occasion by hosting "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell," a two-hour examination of one of the most heralded songwriters of her time. In this third installment of his series on the seminal work of important figures in popular music, Ingles and his guests explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades. Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display through her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals. The program focuses on Mitchell's key releases to illuminate the musicianship of the woman "Rolling Stone" called "one of rock's most daring and uncompromising innovators." By mixing Mitchell's music from these pivotal moments with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell" articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer.  Over 50 Mitchell songs are featured.  Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson and Holly George-Warren. Also featured are musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky and others.

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great interview

Joni Mitchell is an amazing talent! My 19-year-old daughter gave me "Shine" for Christmas and Joni just continues to produce great music. The story on her was very well done, I would just suggest the title "Emergence" is not that appropriate--she emerged in 1970 with "Woodstock"!

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Review of The Emergence of Joni Mitchell (Now Available to All Stations)

In "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell" Paul Ingles got the balance right. It must have been a gigantic (and inspiring) undertaking to sort through almost five decades' worth of interviews and music to compile this audio-picture of Joni's musical life. What results is a two-hour program that interweaves music, interview clips, Paul's commentary, and reflections from fans and peers - without duplicating other excellent efforts (such as the DVD, "Woman of Heart and Mind").

As I listened to the program, I was constantly thrown back to specific life stages triggered by particular songs that are landmarks in my history, and so I enjoyed a swarm of memories of people, places, and emotional states. That was expected. The interesting surprise was the more analytical slant on her music. I would normally shy away from this, mostly letting tunes carry me in whatever irrational, random way they might naturally do. But I found it was interesting to hear others' thoughts about this musician and her music: how she influenced them; how the emotions were echoed in the musical construction; how she worked her chords; and how she painted images with her words. It was fun - for a change - to hear some more "heady" thoughts about all of these aspects that I had, for decades, appreciated on pretty much a gut level.

I admit to some bias toward Joni's earlier music - up through Hejira. So I appreciated Paul's inclusion of a lot about her later works, which helped me open up a bit more to them. I wish he had folded in the modern dance production Joni collaborated on using her Shine album, but perhaps this happened too late in 2007 to be included.

Joni's "emergence" is rightly portrayed in this program as an ongoing, lifelong process rather than a single "popping" out of a chrysalis. I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves Joni's music or who is interested in, and inspired by, a good story of a creative life.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
You Turn Me On I'm A Radio Joni Mitchell Miles of Aisles. Asylum 1974 :44
All I Want Joni Mitchell Blue. Reprise 1971 :45
Same Situation Joni Mitchell Court and Spark. Asylum 1974 :22
People's Parties Joni Mitchell Miles of Aisles. Asylum 1974 :25
The Jungle Line Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Asylum 1975 :20
Black Crow Joni Mitchell Hejira. Asylum 1976 :24
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Joni Mitchell Mingus. Asylum 1979 :18
Sex Kills Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo. Reprise 1994 :55
Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Clouds. Reprise 1969 01:00
Paprika Plains Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Wreckless Daughter. Asylum 1977 03:00
Twisted Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Everybody's Boppin'. Sony 1959 :30
Rachmaninoff's 18th Variation on a Theme by Paganini Winfred Atwell Honky Tonk Piano Guys. Goldenlane Records 2009 :22
Johnny B. Goode Chuch Berry The Great 28. Geffen 1984 :20
Blue on Blue Joni Mitchell Unknown. Unknown 1964 :20
I Had a King Joni Mitchell Song to a Seagull. Warner/Reprise 1968 :25
Urge For Going Tom Rush The Very Best of Tom Rush. Fantasy 1965 :20
Cactus Tree Joni Mitchell Song to a Seagull. Warner/Reprise 1968 :20
Michael From Mountains Joni Mitchell Song to a Seagull. Warner/Reprise 1968 :20
Night in the City Joni Mitchell Song to a Seagull. Warner/Reprise 1968 :35
Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Clouds. Warner/Reprise 1969 01:20
I Think I Understand Joni Mitchell Clouds. Warner/Reprise 1969 01:50
Rainy Night House Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon. Warner/Reprise 1970 :35
Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon. Warner/Reprise 1970 01:20
Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell Shine. Hear Music 2007 01:00
One Week Last Summer Joni Mitchell Shine. Hear Music 2007 01:00
Blue Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 02:10
River Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 01:45
A Case of You Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 04:10
Little Green Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 02:00
Carey Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 01:00
The Last Time I Saw Richard Joni Mitchell Blue. Warner/Reprise 1971 03:50
Woman of Heart and Mind Joni Mitchell For The Roses. Warner/Reprise 1972 :45
Help Me Joni Mitchell Court and Spark. Elektra/Asylum 1974 01:00
People's Parties Joni Mitchell Court and Spark. Elektra/Asylum 1974 01:30
Court and Spark Joni Mitchell Court and Spark. Elektra/Asylum 1974 02:30
Paprika Plains Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Reckless Daughter. Elektra/Asylum 1977 01:00
Amelia Joni Mitchell Hejira. Elektra/Asylum 1976 :00
Shadows and Light Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Elektra/Asylum 1975 :20
Don't Interrupt the Sorrow Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Elektra/Asylum 1975 04:30
Coyote Joni Mitchell Hejira. Elektra/Asylum 1976 02:00
Hejira Joni Mitchell Hejira. Elektra/Asylum 1976 06:30
Amelia Joni Mitchell Hejira. Elektra/Asylum 1976 05:00
Dreamland Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Reckless Daughter. Elektra/Asylum 1977 01:00
Sweet Sucker Dance Joni Mitchell Mingus. Elektra/Asylum 1979 01:00
Down To You Joni Mitchell Court and Spark. Elektra/Asylum 1974 01:00
Wild Things Run Fast Joni Mitchell Wild Things Run Fast. Geffen 1982 01:00
Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody Joni Mitchell Wild Things Run Fast. Geffen 1982 03:00
Solid Love Joni Mitchell Wild Things Run Fast. Geffen 1982 01:30
Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell Dog Eat Dog. Geffen 1985 01:00
Shiny Toys Joni Mitchell Dog Eat Dog. Geffen 1985 01:00
Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell Night Ride Home. Geffen 1991 02:00
Come in From The Cold Joni Mitchell Night Ride Home. Geffen 1991 06:00
Nothing Can Be Done Joni Mitchell Night Ride Home. Geffen 1991 01:30
Stay In Touch Joni Mitchell Taming The Tiger. Warner / WEA 1998 01:30
Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now. Warner / WEA 2000 05:30
If I Had A Heart Joni Mitchell Shine. Hear 2007 02:00
If Joni Mitchell Shine. Warner / WEA 2007 02:00
One Week Last Summer Joni Mitchell Shine. Hear Music 2007 01:00

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