Song of the Day, July 1: Dida by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell

BaezMitchellDidaToday’s song is a beautiful folk-jazz pairing. Joan Baez wrote Dida for her Spanish-language protest album Gracias A la Vida. It’s a lovely, wordless track that explores emotion through music rather than language. Baez asked fellow folk musician Joni Mitchell to join her on the track, and their voices blended well. The song stuck with her, and when she began recording her most successful album, Diamonds & Rust, she decided to revisit it.

Working with a talented array of jazz musicians, she changed the tone of the song, making it more upbeat and celebratory. Mitchell’s growing interest in jazz fit the new style perfectly, and her improvisational vocals wind sinuously around Baez’ beautiful lead. The result is a highlight on a powerful album, a magical partnership, and a delightful burst of musical joy.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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