Joni Mitchell

November 21st Celebrates Joni Mitchell

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on November 21st 1982, Joni Mitchell and Larry Klein, her bass player were married.
Who is Joni Mitchell?

Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, At age eight, Mitchell contracted polio in an epidemic, and was hospitalized for weeks. No longer athletic, she turned her thoughts to her creative talent, and considered a singing or dancing career for the first time.

At this time, country music was beginning to eclipse rock, and Mitchell wanted to play the guitar. As her mother disapproved of its hill-billy associations, she settled initially for the ukulele. Eventually she taught herself guitar from a Pete Seeger songbook but the polio had affected her fingers, and she had to devise dozens of alternative tunings of her own.

Mitchell started singing with her friends at bonfires around Waskesiu Lake. Her first paid performance was on October 31, 1962, at a Saskatoon club that featured folk and jazz performers. At 18, her repertoire was widening, to include her own personal favorites like Edith Piaf and Miles Davis.
One of my favorite songs from Joni Mitchell is her song called, “Both Sides Now,” today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Maria Hernandez is Joni Mitchell on Mama Cass Show in 1969, as we celebrate how on November 21st 1982, Joni Mitchell and Larry Klein, her bass player were married.

Mitchell’s home country of Canada has bestowed several honors’ on her. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honor in the performing arts, in 1996.

The marriage didn’t work out for Joni Mitchell, but the secret to a great marriage is, it’s not about what makes a perfect couple. It’s when imperfect couple learns to enjoy their indifferences.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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