A Case of You by Joni Mitchell

I have listened to Joni Mitchell’s song A Case of You from her album Blue more times than any song. Jackson Browne’s Sky Blue and Black might be a tie. I have been a fan of the television show The Voice since the first season. This season, the first time I heard Addison Agen’s voice, she was the one who grabbed my attention. Last night when I heard the first note of A Case of You, my heart leapt with delight when I realized she was singing my favorite Joni song.  But then she didn’t sing the lyrics I’ve known all these years. In the past, the song lyrics are shortened for the performances. She left out the best lines-the very best lines. .  I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

She sang the song beautifully. I adore her voice. I downloaded the song on iTunes hoping the lyrics would be correct. They aren’t correct. And in her version she thinks Joni used a cartoon poster not a cartoon coaster. I forgive her since she is 16 and has no idea about bar coasters and doesn’t know Joni is an artist.

In 2013 when James Wolpert sang Joni’s song A Case of You,  my heart stopped in amazement listening to his perfect version. I wanted him to win that season which he didn’t but I still believe his version is right up there just a smidgen behind Joni. I also adore Diana Krall’s version of the song.

That is all I have to say. I’m going to listen to a case of Joni. Here are the perfect lyrics from Joni’s web page.

A Case Of You

by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
“I am as constant as a northern star”
And I said “Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid

I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
“Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed”

Oh but you are in my blood
You’re my holy wine
You’re so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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Jackson Browne

I finally got to meet Jackson Browne. I have been a fan for a long time. Last night we showed up at the Orpheum Theater concert venue before the show to see if we could meet him. He arrived in his coach around 4:00 p.m. There were only about 8 of us in line waiting to meet him. He was very polite and kind and gracious as he signed albums and let us take pictures with him.  Here I am with him.

Me and Jackson Browne

 

Have Yourself a Musical Christmas

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is listening to Christmas music. Singing Christmas carols is one of the joyous traditions of Christmas. I grew up listening to Nat King Cole singing Oh Holy Night, bubb, bubb, bubba Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Frank Sinatra and Sing Along with Mitch Miller.  The Sing Along with Mitch album helped me learn lyrics to many of the traditional Christmas carols. One year my father brought home a stack of albums for our family and told us, “I think this woman is going to go far in music.” The woman he was referring to was Aretha Franklin. Also In that stack of records was the album produced by Phil Spector titled A Christmas Gift for You. This album became a family favorite throughout the years. My sister and I would always sing and dance through our favorite song Sleigh Ride by the Ronette’s. This is my all time favorite holiday album.

All the music on A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Vince Guaraldi Trio is so good I can listen to it any time of year. I  purchased the album December by George Winston in the early 1980s. This album became a classic favorite for me in the winter months.  His version of Joy elevates my spirit to another place entirely as I imagine snowflakes dancing.  Emmylou Harris’ Light of the Stable is another album that puts me in the holly jolly spirit of Christmas especially the song Christmas Time’s a-Coming. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Emmylou’s country charm. About ten years ago, I purchased James Taylor’s A Christmas Album at a Hallmark store in Scottsdale. The album was later released with a different cover. James ‘ version of  Deck the Halls is the best version of the song I have ever heard. Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is a soulful version of all my favorite Christmas songs. She is adorable on the cover and at the top of her vocal strength. I adore her version of All I Want for Christmas is You and always look forward to hearing it again.

In 2010 the Indigo Girls released their first Christmas album Holly Happy Days which I immediately purchased from iTunes. Their version of I’ll be Home for Christmas is lovely and so is Angels We Have Heard on High. Last Christmas Lyle Lovett released Songs for the Season. Though there are only a few tracks, these songs are wonderful especially his version of Christmastime is Here.  Check out the site YulePlay to listen to your favorite Christmas music. Since Christmastime is here, have yourself a musical Christmas.