Joni Mitchell, the beloved singer-songwriter, icon, and legend, turned 73 yesterday, November 7.
Watch above as Mitchell sings her acclaimed “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now” for her BBC concert in 1970.
To commemorate Mitchell’s birthday and legacy, many tributes took place around the world, and hey, it’s not too late to post your own birthday tidings on Facebook and Twitter at WeLoveYouJoni.com. (22,000 people and counting have done so already.)
Paradise may now have a parking lot, but Mitchell’s legacy and undeniable heart will outlast us all.
And, if you have a spare minute, read this short-ish recent article by Liv Siddal, in which Mitchell offers advice and wisdom on being alone, aging gracefully, and battling male egos. Mitchell’s interview/article archive is EXHAUSTIVE and worth a look, as well.
“But let’s not talk about fare-thee-wells now, the night is a starry dome and they’re playin’ that scratchy rock and roll beneath the Matala moon.”
Here’s to another trip ’round the sun, Ms. Mitchell.