Mitchell cel­e­brates 75th

Singer-song­writer thrills au­di­ence just by show­ing up

Simcoe Reformer - - CLASSIFIEDS - AN­DREW DAL­TON

LOS AN­GE­LES — Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star con­cert in hon­our of her 75th birth­day. She didn’t have to. Show­ing up was enough.

The Cana­dian folkie-turned-cal­i­for­nia singer-song­writer ended a three-and-a-half year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015.

When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day and took her seat, she got a stand­ing ova­tion and spon­ta­neous au­di­ence cho­rus of Happy Birth­day.

Artists in­clud­ing James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son and Em­my­lou Har­ris ser­e­naded Mitchell with her own songs at the con­cert.

The only song not writ­ten by Mitchell was writ­ten for her. Gra­ham Nash sang Our House, his 1970 song about life with Mitchell when the two were dat­ing in their 20s.

RICHARD SHOTWELL/ IN­VI­SION

Joni Mitchell is pre­sented with a birth­day cake on stage at JONI 75: A Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion on Wed­nes­day, in Los An­ge­les.

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