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EntertainmentJoni Mitchell gave fans the ultimate gift on her birthday. She graced them with her presence

23:41  08 november  2018
23:41  08 november  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Roberta Joan Mitchell , CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943), professionally known as Joni Mitchell , is a Canadian singer-songwriter.

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Will she or won't she?

There were rumors -- and fingers crossed -- that she might appear, but nothing had been officially announced.

So when Joni Mitchell attended Wednesday night's "Joni 75," a birthday celebration in her honor, she gave the star-studded tribute concert an immediate jolt of excitement and poignancy. (The two-night affair kicked off Tuesday, but Mitchell did not publicly attend that performance.)

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Joni Mitchell was not just another longhaired folky girl from the ‘60s. Though Mitchell did write some very influential songs during the folk revival, she pushed the boundaries of She also wasn’ t afraid to share her most private emotions through her music, a style that, up until her era, was not nearly as

Joni lost her virginity while in art school and became pregnant, giving birth to Kelly Dale Anderson in February 1965 and putting her up for adoption. She was involved in a string of romances, including husbands Chuck Mitchell and Larry Klein, as well as David Crosby, Graham Nash and James Taylor.

Joni Mitchell gave fans the ultimate gift on her birthday. She graced them with her presence © 2018 Getty Images Joni Mitchell onstage at JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images) "Ladies and gentlemen, the guest of honor has arrived and is taking her seat," an announcer informed the audience at the start of Wednesday's show at Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the Music Center's festivities.

A swell of cheers rippled through the room and then grew even louder when the iconic singer-songwriter eventually entered the venue and was assisted getting to her seat.

A Joni Mitchell appearance is rare these days as she recovers from a string of health problems, including a brain aneurysm in 2015. To commune with the artist on the day of her 75th birthday felt like a gift for her devoted flock.

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Given the jazz-inflected complexities and somber, introspective tone of Joni Mitchell ’s most vibrant work, the skill and magnetism of the artists who took the stage on the first of two nights celebrating her 75th birthday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at L.A.’s the Music Center felt all the more impressive.

Shortly afterward she married her new musical partner, the American Chuck Mitchell . The baby was put up for adoption – mother and daughter Clouds are a favourite subject of landscape painters, and the images Joni describes embody their capricious nature. She first sees them with wonder and

Some of the kinks that had irked The Times' Mikael Wood at Tuesday's performance had been smoothed over on Wednesday. Mitchell's attendance cast a long shadow over the evening, with the performers -- Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, Rufus Wainwright and Diana Krall among them -- notably humbled by her presence.

Joni Mitchell gave fans the ultimate gift on her birthday. She graced them with her presence © 2018 Getty Images James Taylor (L) and Joni Mitchell attend Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Live At The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Music Center) "Hi, Joni," Krall said shyly as she settled in at her piano for a deep reading of "For the Roses."

"Joni was an inspiration for any girl who ever wanted to pick up a guitar," Harris recalled.

Khan made Mitchell's legacy personal: "I want you to know ... how many times you've saved my life."

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She contacted him and they began a long distance friendship. Mingus had noticed her ambitions She wore no makeup, a tan blouse and slacks. “Let’s turn the tape on ,” she said, addressing my An enthusiastic conversationalist, Joni Mitchell speaks quickly and purposefully, structuring her thoughts

But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But clouds got in my way. But now it's just another show You leave 'em laughing when you go And if you care, don' t let them know Don' t give yourself away.

And Brandi Carlile, who sweetly helped Kris Kristofferson through "A Case of You," reminded the audience that Kristofferson had famously advised Mitchell to "save something" of herself after she played her heartsick album "Blue" for him back in the day.

Joni Mitchell gave fans the ultimate gift on her birthday. She graced them with her presence © The Associated Press Joni Mitchell is presented with a birthday cake on stage at JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) "Thank you, Joni, for not saving anything for yourself," Carlile said.

After the entire cast blasted through a closing rendition of "Big Yellow Taxi," the curtain dropped for a little longer than usual. When it rose, there was Mitchell: a vision in scarlet red, wearing a black bolero hat similar to the one she sported on the performance program, with a blond braid draped over her shoulder.

A collective gasp morphed into rapturous applause as Mitchell stood center stage, propped up by a cane and a companion on either side. Right on cue, the crowd serenaded her -- "happy birthday, dear Joni" -- as a cake was brought over. Mitchell blew out the candles to more cheers.

The performers gave "Big Yellow Taxi" another spin, and Mitchell smiled and swayed while others sang one of her signature hits.

As fans waved and she did the same, Mitchell slowly exited stage right just as the final curtain fell. She never said a word -- her songs had already spoken volumes.


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