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Will You Take Me as I am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period Hardcover – 5 May 2009
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Michelle Mercer, a regular contributor to National Public Radio in the US, is the author of the critically aclaimed biography Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter (J P Tarcher). Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Down Beat, and numerous other publications. She lives in Colorado in the US. Visit http://michellemercer.com/index.cfm
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Mercer begins with a test for prospective boyfriends. Are they able to articulate their appreciation for Blue in the way she wants them to? I'd have failed. For me, Mitchell had an air of the exotic, she told interesting stories, and some of the feelings and situations were ones I could identify with. I only became aware of the fancy chord changes and the finely crafted poetry much later. And as for the comparison with Debussy. At 15, at 25 even, I wouldn't have known who Debussy was. So, Michelle, don't expect my call anytime soon. I took the songs as they are.
Never mind, the book itself is a worthwhile read, exploring literary and philosophical areas only grazed, if that, by Whitesell. She covers St Augustine and the creation of Christian doctrine, TS Eliot and Symbolist poetry, and Dylan's and Lowell's rejection of Eliot's poetic aesthetic. There's Woody Guthrie and the folk tradition, Rousseau, the Enlightenment and modern autobiography, and a discussion of Mitchell in the context of Nietzsche's "new breed of poet", writing "in their own blood".
There's much debate as to the extent to which the songs within the "Blue Period", between Blue itself and Hejira, are autobiographical.Read more ›
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IF YOU ADMIRE JONI MITCHELL AS A POET, ARTIST AND SINGER YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOKPublished 22 months ago by kathy pritchard