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Joni Mitchell’s Back…and She’s Ticked

posted by Paul O'Donnell

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American Catholics who want to register offense at Joni Mitchell’s new album, “Shine,” had better take a number. Mitchell takes aim at Wall Street, Las Vegas, people who talk on cell phones while driving, polluters, bridezillas, and a clergyman named Pearson—your guess whether it’s the Tulsa, Oklahoma megachurch pastor or the 18th century English theologian.
And that’s just on the title track. The album is one long (and beautiful) wail of despair about all that’s wrong with our world, from environmental crisis to misplaced idealism and war. At times Mitchell, who is 63, lapses into cantankerous crochets about “jerks who pass on the right” and bears rummaging in her garbage cans.
The album represents Mitchell’s return, after a decade away from songwriting, to protesting human destructiveness. Lest we miss the point, Mitchell has included a reprise of her 1970’s hit “Big Yellow Taxi” (“They tore down paradise and put up a parking lot”).



  • Anonymous

    I loved Joni Mitchell’s music in the late 70’s. My friend Will and I went to her concert at the Universal Amphitheater in L.A. “I was a free man in Paris/I felt unfettered and alive.” “Miles of Aisles” was the live album that came out after this. What is her worldview? I really don’t know a thing about her spiritual views. Anybody know?

  • j.k. brungardt

    Joni is not the first to try and turn a buck off religious bigotry, and, no, thank you, I don’t think I’ll take a number before calling her out on it. Would you have offered the same advice to Jews if she had used “Screw Israel” in her lyrics?

  • pagansister

    GO GET ‘UM, Joanie!

  • THOMAS G. MCKEOWN

    DEAR MISS MITCHELL…THERE IS NO LOVE (TO SPEAK OF) IN YOUR LIFE AT THE AGE OF 63. HENCE “SHINE”

  • Anonymous

    Seems there plenty of Actors & Singers ready to blast everything in
    our country.
    Has anyone seen, heard, or hear of any one of them coming up with
    any kind of real answer about how to repair our lives or country.
    I think they should spend more time on trying to come up with some answers instead of blasting, But then again, that is where the real money is.
    I sure wouldn’t buy any of Mis Mitchell’s music or give it the time
    it would take to listen to. Heard enough from her kind already.
    Get God back in our lives & things will take care of themselves.
    Maybe she should pray instead of writing music.

  • pagansister

    Unknown poster:9/29/07 11:54 AM
    To you it is blasting everything in our country…to me it is bringing to the surface what needs to be said in many cases. There are those who choose to ignore the problems. There are those who feel it is fine to talk on the cell phone and drive, put up parking lots instead of parks on vacant land, continue to dump their trash in the rivers etc.
    Obviously you don’t have to listen to her music. BYW, what is “her kind?”
    “Get God back in our lives & things will take care of themselves.” That is a solution? First there has to be a god. I think people take care of themselves, not a divine being that needs to be worshiped and obeyed.
    “Maybe she should pray instead of writing music.” Maybe her music IS her prayer.

  • just another Bob

    Let her say anything she wants.
    I just wish she would stop singing.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Joni:
    Help me I think I’m not falling in love again

  • Lee

    Jeepers, did you listen to this album AT ALL? There are so many inaccuracies in this post. First, where in the song Shine does Joni criticize “bridezillas?” Second, she most emphatically does not “take aim” at Rev. Pearson, she lauds him. She doesn’t complain about the bear in her garbage can, she celebrates him and notes his “right to roam this land.” And in describing the folks who pass on the right, she doesn’t use the word “jerks.” Maybe Beliefnet forces you to censor her words, but then don’t put the phrase in quotation marks, please.
    I do agree with you that the album is beautiful.

  • spectre170

    ***”Has anyone seen, heard, or hear of any one of them coming up with
    any kind of real answer about how to repair our lives or country.”
    So, where’s your answer? Where’s your protest?
    ***”Get God back in our lives & things will take care of themselves”
    I thought I remembered something about the lord helping those who helped themselves. Sorry, was that an accurate quote?
    ***”Maybe she should pray instead of writing music.”
    Yeah, like 6 million Jews didn’t pray.
    I guess God was busy that day. Oh, wait, that was years, not days. I guess prayer doesn’t do anything, unless the thing you prayed for just happens to come true, then I guess it is a lot like Santa. If it doesn’t come true, then it is like, “God must have had his reasons”.
    Again, that just proves that prayer doesn’t do anything.
    Merry freakin’ X-mas.
    Unless you were a Jew in Poland in 1939.
    Then I guess God just hated you.
    Wait, God doesn’t hate, does he?
    So what’s up with 6 million dead?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jesus Christ

    Most people with a mind and a heart do not take things at face value. Out of inner conflict and turmoil often comes great art. You zombie Bible thumpers would rather see the likes of Britney Spears sing their mindless pablum and strut their booty. Let a woman say her truth and she is called “bitter” and “loveless”. Joni Mitchell is a prophet. She is way ahead of her time. If any of you Bible thumpers bother to look at the world, you might come up with the same conclusions…not that Joni has concluded anything. She is an observer and a participant in this thing called “life”. She does not stand on a stage in front of 40,000 lemmings screaming about homosexuals being sinners and raking in 1 million dollars a speech. She doesn’t punch stewardesses on airlines; no one has caught her with a hooker or a hustler or a rent boy or a rent girl. She has always lived her life from her own truth. Some people want to hear it. To those of you who don’t: don’t criticize what you don’t understand. What a pity that the truth threatens your very thin grip on reality. You are the fake “Christians” she rails about.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bill

    Did 6 million really die in a 2.5 car Garage sized Vented room by use of bug spray?

    Is Palestine a Concentration Camp today?

    Under the jackboot of Apartheid?

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