Song Attention fans of Joni Mitchell, Joan Didion, and/or Sean Nelson
posted by December 14 at 12:00 PMon
Incidentally, three of my favorite things. There’s a piece today about being obsessed with a certain Joni Mitchell song—Ron Rosenbaum calls “Amelia” the best Joni Mitchell song ever. Rosenbaum mentions a couple other songs that he has been similarly obsessed with, songs that have inspired one-song-on-repeat-for-many-days-in-a-row benders (songs by Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, and Van Morrison), and says that “Amelia” could be the soundtrack to Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays.
He also mentions Stranger associate editor emeritus Sean Nelson’s first book:
The Joni Mitchell monograph that 33 1/3 came out with this year is extremely well-written (by Seattle musician Sean Nelson), and it displays all the virtues of smart music writing by people who actually know and play music. But—if you ask me—it’s about the wrong album. It’s about Court and Spark.
Now, some of you might want to leave the room for a moment, because I’m going to say something a little heretical, if not intentionally mean. To my mind, Court and Spark isn’t Joni Mitchell music so much as Joni Mitchell Muzak. Joni Mitchell doing aural wallpaper patterns, generic Joni Mitchell. On a high plane, sure, but to me, too coolly intellectual, emotionally distant.
So what, exactly, is so fucking great about “Amelia”? More here.