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05/25/2003 Entry: "Joni Mitchell"

Normally, when Ginger hits me with a blast from the past, it's to do with the Monkees, but when she asked after Joni Mitchell in her latest blog entry, it reminded me of the time my father tried to rescue my musical development from plunging into the depths of superficiality. I think I must have been given my first ever record token for Christmas, and on Boxing Day (December 26), he asked what I intended to do with it. Being 13, I said I didn't know, even if I did. He muttered something about Joni Mitchell being 'quite good', and fled back to his workshop, leaving me to wonder 'who the hell is Joni Mitchell?' He was more clued up than I was, even though his taste was more Mahler than Mitchell. I went out and bought Sunflower by the Beach Boys. I thought I knew better than him at the time, but I was astonished to see Sunflower voted one of the 10 greatest albums of all time in some recent poll (probably a poll of people who think that Sunflower is one of the greatest albums of all time: such are statistics on the web).

All this left me thinking about moments of (mis)communication between myself and my own offspring, and being grateful for the invention of the blog. A few years ago, mothers had to break into their teenagers' desks and read their diaries in the precious moments while junior was sure to be out of the house. These days, junior is wearing his heart on his webpage.

Posted by Jane Seaton

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Oh, there was a Monkees post not too long ago, but it was more about guitars than the Monkees.

Blast from the past? Okay.

"Don't sleep in the subway, baby
"Don't walk in the pouring ra-ain."

Happy?

Posted by Ginger @ 05/26/2003 05:41 PM PST

 

 

 

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