Joni Mitchell – Hejira (1976)
exemplary artwork by sarca @ caughtmegaming
Into the Black Artist #2: Joni Mitchell
(qualifies with the Hejira track, Black Crow)
Take Your Kid to Work Day.
One of the greatest days of the year, perhaps the greatest, for teachers like me with all grade 9 classes.
Instead of a day of lessons, Wednesday, November 4th was a glorious day of marking/organizing/planning/report cards/photocopying/cleaning/all the other tasks for which there’s never enough time.
All with Joni Mitchell’s Hejira playing on repeat in the background.
I have little to no idea as to what Joni’s singing about.
There’s something about her wandering delivery, I can’t seem to keep focused on the lyrics.
There’s one moment that stood out (A Strange Boy felt like a Law & Order theme template) but otherwise the album drifted along smoothly.
I’m likely missing out somewhat, as I gather her lyrics are worth hearing; strangely, I feel if I started working hard to listen for more meaning, it would take away from my wholly positive (if not wholly complete) listening experience.
Given its key role in helping me catch up on administrative tasks this week, in my books, Hejira is now firmly entrenched as the sound of getting things done.
And that sounds good to me.