I’m a big fan of the music of Joni Mitchell. So here is a little story about her special link with Formentera!
“Despite the success of her first three albums and songs like “Woodstock”, in january 1970 singersongwriter JONI MITCHELL made a decision to break from performing.
In early spring 1970, she set off on a vacation around Europe. On the island of Formentera, she wrote some of the songs that appear on the album BLUE. This journey was the backdrop for the songs “Carey” and “California.” Some of the songs on Blue were inspired by Mitchell’s 1968-1970 relationship with Graham Nash. Their relationship was already troubled when she left for Europe and it was while she was on Formentera that she sent Nash the telegram that let him know that their relationship was over. The songs “My Old Man” and “River” are thought to be inspired by their relationship.
In 1979 Mitchell reflected, “The Blue album, there’s hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either.
Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; Mitchell’s songwriting and compositions are frequent areas of praise. In January 2000, the New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”
Watch my videoclip/-collage on this rare live version of “Woodstock”!