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November 7, 2017

"Marcie" — Joni Mitchell

Live at the Café Au Go Go in New York City on October 26, 1967 (she was 23).

From YouTube:


"Marcie" was originally titled "The Ballad In Red And Green."

Joni says of Leonard Cohen: "I think I'm Cohen-influenced. I wrote "Marcie" and thought that it wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for "Suzanne," which is another character sketch song."

More: "'Marcie' has a lot of him [Leonard Cohen] in it... Marcie is a real girl, she lives in London. I used her name, because I wanted a two-syllable name. But I'm the girl in all these songs."


From David Yaffe's superb new biography of Joni Mitchell, "Reckless Daughter":





November 7, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


I played Blue on my portable stereo my second year of college until the grooves wore down and the needle was dull.

Posted by: tamra | Nov 9, 2017 8:06:59 PM

Very nice, but realize that the MUSIC here is not live - it's the recording of "Marcie" off her first album, "Song to a Seagull," paired with video of her appearance at the Cafe au Go Go.

Those very familiar with the song can tell that right away, those not can simply use the old trick of following the video closely to observe that her lip-movements do not correspond with the music.

Posted by: MAO | Nov 8, 2017 12:16:45 AM

Thanks for reviving wonderful memories of hours and hours listening to Joni. Lovely.

Posted by: Tom | Nov 7, 2017 9:42:15 PM

"Court and Spark" was the Joni Mitchell album that had me fall in love with her lyrics, voice and her guitar playing. I love "A Free Man in Paris" https://youtu.be/jQj6h8KpkiQ I later found "A Case of You" and discovered the Appalachian dulcimer. https://youtu.be/5QZioxCg20I

Posted by: Matthew Penning | Nov 7, 2017 9:25:40 PM

Her voice has always been phenomenal, with that slightly haunting, wavery vibrato and all that musical space she can occupy. I love her 2000 version of "Both Sides Now" - it just knocks me absolutely out.

A different voice on a different tune - while we're on the subject of voices - is this Eva Cassidy version of "Over the Rainbow," a song that has been messed around with so many times, by some for whom it should have been almost illegal. This one, done live in her ethereally careworn way, is wonderful.

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 7, 2017 7:28:16 PM

I've been a fan of Mitchell's since I heard "Conversation" while raking leaving in 1983. It was an ohmigodwhatwasthat moment.

Back at ya with this one from her mid 30's. There's no concert footage, but she did the whole video on her own too.


Posted by: Dave Tufte | Nov 7, 2017 1:30:56 PM

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