LIBRARY: Articles    

Performing Arts: Joni Mitchell   Print

by Harry Sumrall
Washington Post
August 23, 1979

As the opening chord was struck at last night's concert, a pale spotlight illuminated the figure of Joni Mitchell. Like the goddess of ice, Mitchell was remote. But beneath the facade of coldness lurked warmth and emotion and a sense of vulnerability that softly shaded her performance.

At times, she lashed out, with harsh vocals and lyrics that mirrored the heavily electrified versions of many of her most popular songs. Then, standing alone, she became calm and introspective.

Her show (which will also be presented tonight) was like her music, with shifting layers of mood and feeling. She allowed her musicians to display their musical wares, with Jaco Pastorius unleashing a furious bass barrage and percussionist Don Alias lapsing into a congo solo that led into an African-like chant. On her second encore, she was joined by the Persuasions for a do-wop sing-a-long on the rock 'n' roll classic, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." Her show was not packaged so much as crafted.

At the end, she sang a haunting, sol version of "Woodstock," that was in stark contrast to the rest of her performance. As she walked off stage, quietly strumming her guitar, she left behind shivers of feeling that played at the spines of her listeners.

 

Copyright protected material on this website is used in accordance with 'Fair Use', for the purpose
of study, review or critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of the copyright owner(s).

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.

This article has not yet been rated
Register and log in at this website to rate this article

Comments on this article


You can comment using your Facebook profile, or by registering and logging in through this website. Registered comments are indexed and are a permanent part of the website - Facebook comments are not indexed, and may eventually disappear.

» Register and log in to be the first to add a permanent comment.