Mitchell thrills au­di­ence just by show­ing up

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICKOFF -

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

The Cana­dian folkie-turned-Cal­i­for­nia singer-song­writer ended a 31⁄2-year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015.

When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chan­dler Pav­il­ion Wed­nes­day 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.

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

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