WEFOUNDThe Joni Mitchell Companion: Four Decades of Commentary (Classic Rock Albums)


This was an easy one for me, a diehard Joni Mitchell fan. The song, “Help Me,” is from her classic 1974 album, Court and Spark.  It is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, and was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott’s L.A. Express as the backup band. “Help Me” was released on the Asylum label as a single and it was Mitchell’s biggest hit, peaking at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her only single to reach the top 10.

In her song, Mitchell sings about a guy she’s falling in love with while at the same time knowing the relationship is doomed, as he is “a rambler and a gambler” who loves his freedom. She never revealed the identity of this mystery man, but the speculation is that he could have been either Jackson Browne or Glenn Frey, both of whom she dated in the early ’70s. That said, I have no idea who the lady with the hole in her stocking might be.

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love again
When I get that crazy feeling, I know
I’m in trouble again
I’m in trouble

Artist Gary Burden, who played a significant role in composing some of the most iconic album covers of our time, has passed away at 84 years old. Joni fans may be surprised to learn that he designed the cover to the album Blue. "This was such an honour for me" he said, "that is the only cover of Joni’s that she didn’t make herself and I got to make it. I knew the title was Blue and what I wanted to do was to make it look like old Ferro cyanotype from the 1880s, which was this blue colour, and I figured out how to make it look like that."

The first in the Alberta Ballet's series of portrait ballets, The Fiddle and The Drum, dedicated to Joni, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour. Created with input from Joni herself, The Fiddle and the Drum offers a contemporary interpretation of 14 of her songs, including three that were written for the piece. Performances are May 1-4 in Calgary, and May 9-11 in Edmonton. More information here

3rd Avenue in Saskatoon is decked out today with a series of street posters in honor of Joni. Tonight, the Saskatoon Symphony is honoring Joni with a concert of her music featuring Vince Mendoza, Sarah Slean, and Peter Erskine. Stay tuned for a review of this amazing evening on JoniMitchell.com in the coming days. (Photos by Mike Sainsbury)

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell opens up about her private world — and why she’s shied away from the spotlight — in the new biography  Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell ,  by David Yaffe.

According to a  Daily Mail  report , Mitchell, 73, reveals her battle with Morgellons disease, a mysterious illness, in the new book, due Oct. 17.

“I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space,” she says of her illness in the book, the  DM  reports. “Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year. … Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.”

This was an easy one for me, a diehard Joni Mitchell fan. The song, “Help Me,” is from her classic 1974 album, Court and Spark.  It is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, and was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott’s L.A. Express as the backup band. “Help Me” was released on the Asylum label as a single and it was Mitchell’s biggest hit, peaking at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her only single to reach the top 10.

In her song, Mitchell sings about a guy she’s falling in love with while at the same time knowing the relationship is doomed, as he is “a rambler and a gambler” who loves his freedom. She never revealed the identity of this mystery man, but the speculation is that he could have been either Jackson Browne or Glenn Frey, both of whom she dated in the early ’70s. That said, I have no idea who the lady with the hole in her stocking might be.

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love again
When I get that crazy feeling, I know
I’m in trouble again
I’m in trouble

Artist Gary Burden, who played a significant role in composing some of the most iconic album covers of our time, has passed away at 84 years old. Joni fans may be surprised to learn that he designed the cover to the album Blue. "This was such an honour for me" he said, "that is the only cover of Joni’s that she didn’t make herself and I got to make it. I knew the title was Blue and what I wanted to do was to make it look like old Ferro cyanotype from the 1880s, which was this blue colour, and I figured out how to make it look like that."

The first in the Alberta Ballet's series of portrait ballets, The Fiddle and The Drum, dedicated to Joni, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour. Created with input from Joni herself, The Fiddle and the Drum offers a contemporary interpretation of 14 of her songs, including three that were written for the piece. Performances are May 1-4 in Calgary, and May 9-11 in Edmonton. More information here

3rd Avenue in Saskatoon is decked out today with a series of street posters in honor of Joni. Tonight, the Saskatoon Symphony is honoring Joni with a concert of her music featuring Vince Mendoza, Sarah Slean, and Peter Erskine. Stay tuned for a review of this amazing evening on JoniMitchell.com in the coming days. (Photos by Mike Sainsbury)

This was an easy one for me, a diehard Joni Mitchell fan. The song, “Help Me,” is from her classic 1974 album, Court and Spark.  It is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, and was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott’s L.A. Express as the backup band. “Help Me” was released on the Asylum label as a single and it was Mitchell’s biggest hit, peaking at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her only single to reach the top 10.

In her song, Mitchell sings about a guy she’s falling in love with while at the same time knowing the relationship is doomed, as he is “a rambler and a gambler” who loves his freedom. She never revealed the identity of this mystery man, but the speculation is that he could have been either Jackson Browne or Glenn Frey, both of whom she dated in the early ’70s. That said, I have no idea who the lady with the hole in her stocking might be.

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love again
When I get that crazy feeling, I know
I’m in trouble again
I’m in trouble

This was an easy one for me, a diehard Joni Mitchell fan. The song, “Help Me,” is from her classic 1974 album, Court and Spark.  It is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, and was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott’s L.A. Express as the backup band. “Help Me” was released on the Asylum label as a single and it was Mitchell’s biggest hit, peaking at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her only single to reach the top 10.

In her song, Mitchell sings about a guy she’s falling in love with while at the same time knowing the relationship is doomed, as he is “a rambler and a gambler” who loves his freedom. She never revealed the identity of this mystery man, but the speculation is that he could have been either Jackson Browne or Glenn Frey, both of whom she dated in the early ’70s. That said, I have no idea who the lady with the hole in her stocking might be.

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love again
When I get that crazy feeling, I know
I’m in trouble again
I’m in trouble

Artist Gary Burden, who played a significant role in composing some of the most iconic album covers of our time, has passed away at 84 years old. Joni fans may be surprised to learn that he designed the cover to the album Blue. "This was such an honour for me" he said, "that is the only cover of Joni’s that she didn’t make herself and I got to make it. I knew the title was Blue and what I wanted to do was to make it look like old Ferro cyanotype from the 1880s, which was this blue colour, and I figured out how to make it look like that."

The first in the Alberta Ballet's series of portrait ballets, The Fiddle and The Drum, dedicated to Joni, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour. Created with input from Joni herself, The Fiddle and the Drum offers a contemporary interpretation of 14 of her songs, including three that were written for the piece. Performances are May 1-4 in Calgary, and May 9-11 in Edmonton. More information here

3rd Avenue in Saskatoon is decked out today with a series of street posters in honor of Joni. Tonight, the Saskatoon Symphony is honoring Joni with a concert of her music featuring Vince Mendoza, Sarah Slean, and Peter Erskine. Stay tuned for a review of this amazing evening on JoniMitchell.com in the coming days. (Photos by Mike Sainsbury)

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell opens up about her private world — and why she’s shied away from the spotlight — in the new biography  Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell ,  by David Yaffe.

According to a  Daily Mail  report , Mitchell, 73, reveals her battle with Morgellons disease, a mysterious illness, in the new book, due Oct. 17.

“I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space,” she says of her illness in the book, the  DM  reports. “Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year. … Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.”

David Crosby is wishing the best for his longtime friend Joni Mitchell, who was hospitalized in March after being found unconscious in her home.

During a conversation with HuffPost Live about his current solo tour , Crosby offered words of concern and support for Mitchell, who was a staple on the '60s and '70s California music scene , along with Crosby and his collaborators Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young.

"I have not spoken to her. To my knowledge, she is not speaking yet," Crosby said of Mitchell. "She is home, she is in care, she is in recovery. How that's going to go, we don't know yet. She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she's going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury."


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