It's a little strange that my last post was about Joni Mitchell's song,"The Sire of Sorrow," which was from her Turbulent Indigo album. It's strange because I've just learned that a biography about her, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, written by Syracuse University professor, David Yaffe, is coming out on October 17, 2017, and it sounds like her life had and continues to have more pain and sorrow than I previously thought.
I heard her say in a previous interview that she didn't do a lot of drugs, but this bio makes it sound like she did. It also suggests that her current problems with Morgellon's syndrome may be related to that. She has had many other health problems including polio as a child and brain trauma in 2015.
While she often has this image of being a kind-hearted earth mother, she was accused of beating her housekeeper who got a $250,000 settlement. Well maybe the bitch deserved it and she just had a good lawyer. Who knows?
Her personal problems aside, I have thought for many years that she is a genius as a songwriter and musician, a woman who could put words and music together in an almost magical way to create vivid stories that always had meaning on multiple levels. She carved out such a unique place for herself that there will never be another Joni Mitchell--not even close.
I feel fortunate that I lived on this planet at the same time that she did.