The heartfelt stories behind Joni Mitchell "Blue", Part 2

In “Blue,” Joni Mitchell captured with unusual frankness the impasse in which life had trapped her. She herself would describe this period as an emotional descent into depression where everything in her life was questioned.

Tortoiseshell. In “All I Want,” Mitchell incessantly messes up travel. This is one of your destinations. On the Greek island of Crete, in the cave village of Matala, she met a bright red-haired chef named Cary Raditz. His restaurant, Kytama / Waves, is the Mermaid CafĂ© referenced in the second verse. When Mitchell and a girlfriend met him, he was working at a restaurant called Delphini and for a performance, Raditz in an Indian turban quickly lit a gas stove, which exploded, scorching half the hair on his beard and legs, melting his earring and burning. his turban. Guys, don’t try this at home.

In fact, Joni moved into Cary’s cave, stayed for five weeks, and gained weight from her cooking. And yes, he actually used a cane to walk. The best that can be said about him is that he brightened her mood. The worst thing is that he really was a “mean old dad” who later remembered that he would not have wanted to be with someone like him. (Letter sample: “My nails are dirty, I have beach tar on my feet, and I miss my clean white clothes and fancy French cologne.”)

Blue: Mitchell had broken up with Graham Nash and began a close relationship with James Taylor. She was convinced that she had found her soul mate; Taylor finally left her heartbroken. Although he never names him, the song makes multiple allusions to him, such as “needles” and “under the skin.” (Sample letter: “Everybody says hell is the most modern way of doing it. Well, I don’t think so, but I’m going to take a look at it. Blue, I love you”)

California: I missed the Golden State, so I wrote this song. If you listened to “Carey” carefully, you will recognize Cary Raditz in the second verse as the rogue Greek island peasant who could cook tortillas and stews, he smiled back, took his camera and sold it. But it is a song that is also full of disappointment where even in idyllic Paris the news about the war (ie Vietnam) is bad. Nor can he move away from his fame, not even in the most remote corners of Spain. (Handwriting sample: They won’t give peace a chance. That was just a dream some of us had “).

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