In 1998, Herbie Hancock released his uptenmillionth album Gershwin’s World. An album of jazz standards performed by Herbie and a slew of Jazz music veterans. One of the most beautiful and sublime songs on the album is Joni’s rendition of Gershwin’s “The Girl I Love”, which eventually also became “The Man I Love”. Both versions have been recorded by any and everyone in the music world. None as well as this though. Joni sits alone atop my list of favorite female vocalists in history and is honestly not in serious jeopardy of ever losing said position. Here she is at top form, delivering an amazing performance worthy of it’s own singular place in the Smithsonian museum.
Here’s another song for you today. What do you get when you get the ethereal voice of Sarah McLachlan and the beautiful song writing of Joni Mitchell? You get this, it’ll help set the mood for the coming Christmas season. If you have the chance to get your hands on Sarah’s Wintersong album, I suggest you do it. It’s one of my top 5 Christmas albums of all time. Another great song off the album is her version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” accompanied by Diana Krall.
Easily one of the most recognizable and subsequently beautiful voices to come out of the 1960s was that of Joan Baez. Admittedly I have a soft spot for female folk singers. See my Joni Mitchell stan-dom. In 1975 she released Diamonds and Rust, the title track was a dedication to her one time romantic fling, Bob Dylan. She also covered one of Bob’s songs, “Simple Twist of Fate” on the album. Then there is the duet with the afore mentioned Joni Mitchell, “Dida”. However the song that sticks out the most, possibly because another artist I stan often, Stevie Wonder. She does an incredible version of his song “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer”. When I first heard her version about…….well a very long time ago, I was blown away. She added to the song through pure emotion. She mastered the song beautifully and created a haunting rendition which will stand the tests of time. Enjoy
One of the all-time best Joni Mitchell songs sang by one of the all-time female vocalists…….on Christmas day for all the world to enjoy…….
Joni Mitchell released Blue, her 4th album, in 1971. It’s my favorite album of her’s…which is saying something because I celebrate her entire catalog (Office Space voice). Below are 3 selections from the album, which is hard to choose, so I did so pretty much at random. With the exception of “Blue” being my favorite song off the album….Enjoy
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Joni – Mitchell – Last Time I Saw Richard
Joni Mitchell – River