50 Greatest Joni Mitchell Quotes Of All Time

When I was a kid I tried to play guitar. I was never good, but I liked it.
I’m really an ordinary person. I’m a very ordinary person, but sometimes it’s good to be an ordinary person.

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She is also considered one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of all time.

After 40 years of making music, Mitchell has released an astonishing number of 17 albums, amassed nine Grammy Awards, and has successfully been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The New Yorker is known to be one of the most prestigious and well known magazines in the world. It is an American monthly magazine which consists of a large number of short magazine articles written by staff authors.

Joni Mitchell is one of the best songwriters of our time.

50 Greatest Joni Mitchell Quotes of All Time

When your family is poor, you get very little. But, you know, all those boxes of 24 crayons with all the colours is worth something.

I am happy with nature, because nature is a beautiful thing, and I love nature. I would hate to think that man would disrespect nature. There is a kind of respect for nature, that only man can give to nature.

Joni Mitchell has said that she started off by doing folk music simply to get into it. Although she’s a huge fan of many kinds of music, the most common genres for her are folk, country and jazz-based.

In the process of understanding what a name represents for the person being called, we find that the person being named has become someone different to us than the person they were before.

We have to work on our own names, so we can understand them, and then pass them on to others.

Joni Mitchell said that we don’t get along with the women of song. I don’t know why that is.

When Joni Mitchell was a kid, she had a lot of problems. She was often sick, and she faced a lot of challenges as a child. Her parents, however, were very supportive of her, and they gave her the space she needed to deal with it. She learned to cope with stressful situations in her life by looking within herself, which is something that people do to cope with problems instead of looking to the outside world.

Joni Mitchell was a famous American singer, songwriter and musician. She was a member of the Nashville group The Mitchell Trio, and from there went on to achieve solo success. I have put this quote in because this illustrates that Joni Mitchell was famous before she got her big break with the Mitchell Trio.

We all know looking for talent is as important as trying to find the right people for our business, but there are certain things an artist needs to be able to do without asking for permission. The musician may have to work very hard for her success, but it is her job to make that happen.

The artist who has been making her music for 50+ years is now alone and not part of any community. She is the only person who understands her lyrics.

10th of 50 Joni Mitchell Quotes

I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my granny and watching some television.

I know what you mean. After my dad died, I made lots of songs, and I wrote a book about music and family about my father’s life.
I am trying to be more creative than ever, and I hope it will help me survive my grief.

Joni’s got a good point. The west was settled by people who wanted to improve their lives, just like the rest of us. They did so using the tools they had at hand. They didn’t go out there with oxen and a bunch of fancy gold mining tools. They went with what they’d been taught at home and they had lots of patience.

There was a time when the world was a mess and nobody was at the helm. It was time for artists to make their mark.

While Joni was being interviewed for ‘The Paris Review’ she said “I like to look at myself pretty closely, but sometimes I get distracted by the things that people want from me”. I wonder if she ever got distracted by being ‘friends’ with Robert Mapplethorpe.

It’s very simple. You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it wouldn’t be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.

It can be so easy to express sorrow about problems or the difficulties that we face in our life. And yet, these same sorrows can be difficult to express. We can easily show our sorrows, but expressing our sorrows is very difficult.

Joni Mitchell always claimed she didn’t like Charlie Parker. She always said he bored her. I think that’s why she didn’t go to the Charlie Parker Festival this year. She’s so busy reinventing and she just can’t reinvent herself like the Charlie Parker Festival. I didn’t even realize she was in town this year until I saw her at the festival. She just seemed a little distant. Maybe she felt out of place there.

Joni Mitchell thinks that the world has become stupid and shallow since 1980.

20th of 50 Joni Mitchell Quotes

This country has completely lost it’s ability to be self-critical and have abandoned it’s freedoms.

I write mostly to comfort people. I think I was the opposite of Joni, but I appreciate her for trying to be comforting.

Joni Mitchell is famous for her unique voice and beautiful songs, but her life is just as unusual and creative as her music. She is a singer, songwriter, and musician who writes and performs many of her own songs. In the 1960s, she was discovered and became a star in the music industry.

I’ve broken my heart to see how stupid the species I was born into is.

The God of the Old Testament is the depiction of evil, and thus is the depiction of God.

Rachmaninoff is the one who changed everything for me. His “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” was the piece that broke my heart. It spoke to me. To me, it was a tender entreaty for misunderstood.

My parents told me I’d point to a bed of flowers and say “Pink. Pretty,” before I knew any other words.

Joni Mitchell said that her songs make you see pictures in your head. She’s right. I love the way that some people can make you see sounds and words in a way that is completely new.

This is about standing up against tyranny. This is about not cooperating. This is about being willing to live with the consequences of speaking out.

I saw Joni Mitchell’s Blue on a record store’s window, and when I closed my eyes, I heard Piaf. What the fuck is this? Piaf’s voice had that same quality, that same sadness that Joni talked with.

30th of 50 Joni Mitchell Quotes

Joni was a big influence on me. She was an amazing songwriter. I loved the stuff she did with Roberta Flack and flirted with it a little bit. The rest of it, I really dug, but her songwriting was spectacular.

The songs are not simple. They are complex chordal structures, and the music changes around it.

Joni Mitchell said that when it comes to enjoying music, you need to have depth and emotionality.

When Joni starts building on musical architecture, she is creating something beautiful that has structure. Her music has depth, complexity and variety. Her music can stand up on its own, but it also allows her to build intricate parts of her story into her music.

There’s a lot to say and not a lot to say in the end.
And the things that need not be said – what need not to be said – the things they need to hear, but the things they never will.

A lot of people think that life on Earth is paradise, which is why we need to take care of it.

This is why the most powerful and influential people in entertainment, politics, and business are often from California.

While everyone may be right, the bad time to be right is when it seems like an easy way to get ahead.

An artist is someone who is a talented individual who loves to express emotions through different mediums.

The late Joni Mitchell was speaking about the late Ira Gershwin.

40th of 50 Joni Mitchell Quotes

We have a war dictator who was not elected, he snuck in. So he punishes people that threaten him in any way. Or say something he doesn’t like. It has no resemblance to democracy.

There was a village in Russia where Joni Mitchell’s music was getting in on some German radio station. I remember this because music used to get up to Saskatchewan from Texas. Late at night after the local station closed down.

It’s about time. You’ve been acting more like a comedian the last 10 years.

“The company, especially now, have nothing to do with art or music.”- Joni Mitchell


My guess is that it’s a typo.

Joni said she loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” He gets a bad rap; he’s very misunderstood. He’s a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.

But the generation of today is the generation of today. Some people in that generation are going to be great. Some people in that generation are going to be awful. Some people in that generation are going to be good. Some people in that generation are going to be bad. Some people in that generation will be great. Some people in that generation will be awful. Some people in that generation will be good. Some people in that generation will be bad. I’m not comparing to my generation. I’m just saying that some people in that generation are going to be great. Some people in that generation are going to be awful. Some people in that generation are going to be good. Some people in that generation are going to be bad.

America is a runaway train and it is dragging all of us with it. It is grotesquely mentally ill.

Joni Mitchell said that they managed to put together a compilation that had some creativity to it. In the meantime, she was listening to the free radio stations and she noticed that during their war coverage they were playing these songs that were all critical of the soldiers.

Joni Mitchell had a really interesting take on Sylvia Plath who wrote a book called: “Ariel” with a character named Ariel in it. In this book she would write about some really dark topics and be really personal about it. Joni Mitchell was a very open person and she would tell anyone about their personal life and she would let them know that she was very open about her life, in this book she would write about her daughter and her drug abuse.

The people who are hungry for good music, they won’t get it if they don’t go look for it. And just because people are so used to getting stuff for free, it doesn’t seem like they can appreciate what they find.

Joni Mitchell, I read that in a biography of her. She said that if she was angry, she would have something to cry about.


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