Song of the Day, December 12: Talk to Me by Joni Mitchell

mitchelldjrdtalkToday’s song is a moment of brilliance from a fascinating hodgepodge. Joni Mitchell’s tenth album, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, is a sprawling mess. A double-album composed largely of experiments, it continues her exploration of jazz fusion but lacks the pop smarts and careful focus of her best work.

The standout track is Talk to Me, a recitation of romantic frustration. Mitchell acknowledges her tendency to “talk too open and free” as she addresses a lover who “spends every sentence like marked currency.” She proves her point by pouring out words in an almost uncontrolled flow. Her phrasing is flawless, providing just the right level of tension as a counterpoint to the flow of thoughts and ideas. With her band providing smart support, the final package is an anxious little miracle, a skeptical celebration of words from a master writer.

Enjoy this delightful 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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