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Joni Mitchell once noted that her songs aren't all self-portraits, yet even when they're about others, they do all tend to hew to similar themes. Hejira's theme is a Mitchell mainstay — aloneness — and she regards it through a variety of prisms. Some of them aren't strictly Joni herself, but they're definitely Joni-fied. In "Furry Sings the Blues," creaky old Memphis blues artist Furry Lewis is "propped up in his bed, with his dentures and his leg removed." (Lewis, whom Mitchell met in Memphis in 1975, was not exactly honored by the tribute; he later told Rolling Stone that the singer had asked him about the old days and told him the information was "for her own personal self." Seems like he felt betrayed when she committed her observations of him to tape. To which I can only say: Never trust a writer).
In "Amelia," Mitchell relates to vanished pilot Amelia Earhart and life becoming "a travelogue." And, in fact, Hejira is something of a road-trip album for this lady of Laurel Canyon; she wrote many of the songs while driving from Maine to Los Angeles. In the title track, she sings, "There's comfort in melancholy when there's no… read more »