Joni Mitchell — In a Coma, Unresponsive

TMZ is reporting.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You know, for all of her entire professional life, until just now, I had her mixed up with others that had a lot less class than she.
    I wish her well, but if the end is truely near, then this is as fitting eulogy as any.

    • dance…dancetotheradio
      • SDMatt

        Absolutely. I’m not a fan – I barely know her music, I barely know her politics but holy crap even I can take a guess – but there’s something very very special happening in this song.

  • c w

    She was the best in those days, who doesnt love the greatest hippie chick of all time?!!

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They took all the rights and put them in a big museum.
    And they charged all the people a hundred and ten bucks to see them.
    (Unless you’re aboriginal, then you get in for free. Not a racist policy at all.)
    Sorry, Joni, I couldn’t resist.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Gee..she was/is the Queen of Open-Tuning…

    • David Murrell

      As a folkie immigrating to Canada in 1970, moving to Ottawa and playing out on open-mike nights, I was stuck by the other folkies playing open-tuning guitar. It was very big back then, and indeed there was one open-tuning version that was called “Joni Mitchell tuning”. For me, it was excruciatingly hard to learn to chord positions, and tuning from standard tuning to a given open tuning was a pain. But she had such an influence on fokie guitarists way back then, before she switched to piano and jazz.

      God bless Joni and her music. A terrific artist and a classy human being.

      • mobuyus

        I remember watching people play rock and roll with one finger, then I’d go home to my concert pitch,standard tuned classical guitar. I didn’t know about open tunings then and I was flummoxed. Forty years later I know better. Going from open tuning to standard is like trying to think in two or more languages. I use a slide and aim for the sweet spots. Music it turns out is a mathematical science. When someone asks me what tunings I use I just tell them Swamp tuning. I rarely play classical guitar anymore, unless you consider a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Telecaster a classical guitar.

        • Clausewitz

          Have you tried DADFAD yet? That’s D A D F# A D.

          • mobuyus

            Trying it right now most of what I do is open E,D or G.I’ll see what transpires here thanks..

          • David Murrell

            …and I can barely drop the low “E” string down to “D” to play some blues in the key of D. That’s as far as I have ever gone.

          • mobuyus

            Remove the low E string altogether .Keith Richards says “five strings three chords two fingers and one asshole”.

  • Dana Garcia

    Her voice was so beautiful in those days. I didn’t care so much for the later jazz stuff though.

    • David

      Check her out on Herbie Hancock plays Gershwin.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now” were big hits when I was serving in Vietnam. And now … sigh!

    • Frau Katze

      Really brings back memories.

  • Sparrow

    I always liked Carey, A Case of You, and River. My favorites. Latest reports are that she is OK, and that these are just documents drawn up as a contingency.

  • cmh

    and she missed Woodstock

  • David

    Joni Mitchell – Sweet Bird Lyrics
    Out on some borderline
    Some mark of in between
    I lay down golden-in time
    And woke up vanishing

    Sweet bird you are
    Briefer than a falling star
    All these vain promises on beauty jars
    Somewhere with your wings on time
    You must be laughing
    Behind our eyes
    Calendars of our lives
    Circled with compromise
    Sweet bird of time and change
    You must be laughing
    Up on your feathers laughing

    Golden in time
    Cities under the sand
    Power, ideals and beauty
    Fading in everyone’s hand

    Give me some time
    I feel like I’m losing mine
    Out here on this horizon line
    With the earth spinning
    And the sky forever rushing
    No one knows
    They can never get that close
    Guesses at most
    Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching
    Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching
    Guesses based on what each set of time and change is touching
    Songwriters: MITCHELL, JONI

  • Tom Forsythe

    She’s a girl singer. Non-responsive could just mean she is pouting.

    • Tom Forsythe

      BTW, you don’t need to be female to be a “girl singer.”

    • Frau Katze

      I’m also seeing reports that she’s NOT in a coma at all.

      • David Murrell

        And this morning’s (Tuesday April 29) National Post says that reports of here being in a coma are wrong, and that “she has her full senses”.

        Oh, well, it is better to be wrong and have her alive, right?

  • Rick
  • dukestreet

    I checked her official website. Here’s what it says:

    “Apr 28: Update on Joni’s health

    Sources with Joni in the hospital have
    approved the following statement to be made through
    “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a
    coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert,
    and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document
    obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend
    Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to
    make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all
    know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the
    fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts.” You may add your
    well wishes for her at the website”

  • bob e

    saw her at the BITTER END in nyc in 67.
    she was about 25 feet away .
    her, a chair & her guitar

    magic ..