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Joni Mitchell's Influence on Prince (article)

Joni Mitchell and Prince are two of the world's greatest recording artists. It goes without saying that I love Prince's music. And thanks in part to Prince, and in part to my mum, I've also been a fan of Joni's since I was a teenager.


Logically enough, I've devoted a quite a lot of thought to how Joni influenced Prince, but unlike some of his other influences, this one isn't quite so immediately clear when you listen to them. To cut a long story short, I've written an article about it, which I wanted to share here because the Org is the kind of place where people might be interested in it.


I've tried to go beyond the most obvious, superficial connections between the two, although this of course has left me more open to erroneous interpretation, or perhaps 'debatable' is the word. It's very subjective, in any case. See what you think. Here's the link: https://thegoldendog.net/...on-prince/


[I should probably explain my shockingly bad drawings in advance: this is a blog I've started with an old schoolfriend, and we both used to do these types of doodles in class. We thought it'd be fun to decorate the website with them, thus taking full advantage of our artistic 'skills']


Comments are welcome!

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Reply #1 posted 03/26/20 8:41am

bsprout

Very nice! I enjoyed your article.

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Reply #2 posted 03/26/20 4:10pm

RJOrion

great article...im a big fan of Joni Mitchell and i always felt like songs like "Scarlett Conquering", "The Boho Dance", and "Help Me" were songs that i could hear the connection of their musical spirits... its not loud and obvious but its there...and i can definitely hear her influence on Sometimes It Snows In April... The Hissing Of Summer Lawns is IMO the greatest album ever made by a female solo artist... no disrespect to Rhythm Nation 1814, or Diana Ross' lp produced by Chic...i take alot of shit for saying that to people, but no other album invokes so many emotions in me so easily...and i have to listen to it headphones or alone, because my wife hates that album...she calls it "suicide music"...bless her heart
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bsprout said:

Very nice! I enjoyed your article.

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

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Reply #4 posted 03/28/20 9:31am

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RJOrion said:

great article...im a big fan of Joni Mitchell and i always felt like songs like "Scarlett Conquering", "The Boho Dance", and "Help Me" were songs that i could hear the connection of their musical spirits... its not loud and obvious but its there...and i can definitely hear her influence on Sometimes It Snows In April... The Hissing Of Summer Lawns is IMO the greatest album ever made by a female solo artist... no disrespect to Rhythm Nation 1814, or Diana Ross' lp produced by Chic...i take alot of shit for saying that to people, but no other album invokes so many emotions in me so easily...and i have to listen to it headphones or alone, because my wife hates that album...she calls it "suicide music"...bless her heart [Edited 3/26/20 16:12pm]

Thanks for the comment. I can empathise with you over your clash with your wife because my girlfriend can't stand Prince's voice. Specifically, she doesn't like the falsetto and the screams, which I can understand. Like, I don't agree, but I can understand because there are other singers whose voices grate on me in the same way.


It's interesting. The songs you've picked up aren't ones that I'd noticed as having a 'Princely spirit' to them. I'm not saying you're wrong, of course. It's all very subjective.

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