"I am pure energy soaring about everywhere, that happens to be in a body for a temporary piece of time."
- George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
Maria Bamford Live at the Lyric Theater
New standup from our super talented friend Maria Bamford!!
André Le Marechal (b. 1928), Paysage anamorphique, 1991. Watercolour, gouache and ink on paper, 30.5 x 23 cm.
"The Gallery," by Joni Mitchell, from Clouds
This is one of my favorite songs off Clouds, which doesn’t, I don’t think, get nearly enough attention. Sometimes when I listen to her sing, I get this immense swelling feeling of pride, because listen to her go! The man in this song is another archetype, the anti-hero, delighting in his own callousness, who finds a way to “be gentle” with the heroine, who stays gently at home while he’s out with his Josephine. Joni has just had, frankly, quite enough of this man.
A cursory search tells me that this song is about Leonard Cohen (who is, I’ll argue, a worse lyricist than Joni Mitchell for all the praise he gets, but whatever), who did indeed have a brief Scientology stint.
That’s about what I have to say about Clouds as an album — “Both Sides Now" is lovely but not, frankly, all that interesting to me within the larger sweep of her work, except maybe when talking about "The Circle Game," which we will do — so we’ll move on to Ladies of the Canyon.