Writings about Music

Shakti's Chanteuse: Joni Mitchell

She’s part of all of us. She’s in our breath. I’ve heard she’s not well [2016], and hope she gets well soon. For the music she’s given us, she deserves that so much. If we humans survive, eventually finding another planet to inhabit, I hope they take her music with them. Mine, too.

Her music is like golden honey. Where would we all be without her? Nowhere. It’s a foolish question though because her music is here and we are built by it.




Nearly twenty years ago, a UCLA department chair invited me to select one of my CDs for inclusion with cultural items carried by a satellite being sent into space for one hundred years. Here are the three compositions in sequence from the album I decided upon, Chinese Legend.





- Michael Robinson, August 2016, Los Angeles


© 2016 Michael Robinson All rights reserved


Postnote: Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance in Los Angeles shortly after this writing was published, shown below.

Joni Mitchell, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock (2016)


Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).