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Joni Mitchell sat in with the Mothers of Invention, sang
on several songs, and recited her poem Penelope.
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From a Frank Zappa-ish website:
yes, joni mitchell sat in with the mothers, on november 13th, 1970, at the fillmore east in nyc.
"joni mitchell sat in with us last night during the second show and we improvised a thing that was really good. and we ended it with her singing 'duke of earl'. really far out, she came on stage: 'now ok and we're going to improvise this thing...' and we did a few chords for her and she started reciting this poem which began: 'penelope wants to fuck the sea..." and the audience did a double take 'yuuunk!'... a little hush falls over the fillmore... joni mitchell?"
-zappa, 1970 (source: miles)
from: dennismahony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
yeh, i was at that show when mitchell improvised a tune about a girl who wanted to fuck the sea. while she tried to be ethereal and haunting, zappa made the band alternate 2 monster chords a tritone apart at an ominous largo tempo. mitchell looked a little thrown by this and glanced over at zappa, as if she wasn't expecting him to lob her a curve ball.
from: harald wiester (email@example.com)
i´ve read somewhere that she showed up at least once at zappa´s place in the late 60´s. seems a very strange connection to me (was she wearing feathers and bells?)