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 , 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).