Thinking of Goodbye

David Crosby and Joni Mitchell (doodled by virtualDavis)

David Crosby and Joni Mitchell by virtualDavis

“I think we’re all holding our breath and thinking of goodbye… hoping it’s gonna turn out ok.” ~ David Crosby

There’s so much beauty and sadness and wisdom and music in this clutter of honest, unselfconscious words shared by David Crosby about singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Crosby dated Mitchell in 1967 when he was still performing with the Byrds. The following year he helped line up her first album, Song to a Seagull (Reprise Records). There close friendship spans half a century.

My more modest affection for Joni Mitchell dates to the mid-80s. I remember explaining my interest to perplexed teenage buddies who weren’t straying far from the Rolling Stones, CSN&Y, The Clash, etc. But I was haunted, hooked, beguiled by her siren call and candid narratives. She seemed like a lonely anthem to freedom and curiosity and rebellion and sometimes sadness. She still does.

Here’s hoping that her song is not over yet. I’m not ready to say goodbye.

I close with the full context of David Crosby’s quotation above which I read in the BBC story, “David Crosby: Joni Mitchell unable to speak after aneurysm“:

“[Joni Mitchell is] a tough girl and very smart,” he said. “I love her. She’s probably the best of us — probably the greatest living singer-songwriter. [But] I think we’re all holding our breath and thinking of goodbye, you know? And hoping it’s gonna turn out ok.” (BBC.com)

 

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