Joni Mitchell — Jericho
Album: Miles of Aisles
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Released: 1974
Length: 3:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'll try to keep myself open up to you
That's a promise that I made to love
When it was new
"Just like Jericho" I said
"Let these wall come tumbling down"
I said it like I finally found the way
To keep the good feelings alive
I said it like it was something to strive for.

I'll try to keep myself open up to you
And approve your self expression
I need that, too
I need your confidence, baby
And the gift of your extra time
In turn I'll give you mine
Sweet darling, it's a rich exchange
It seems to me
It's a warm arrangement!

Anyone will tell you
Just how hard it is to make and keep a friend
Maybe they'll short sell you
Or maybe it's you
Judas, in the end
When you just can no longer pretend
That you're getting what you need
Or you're giving out anything for them to grow and feed on.

I'll try to keep myself open up to you
It gets easier and easier to do
Just like Jericho
Let these walls come tumbling down now
Let them fall right on the ground
Let all these dogs go running free
The wild and the gentle dogs
Kenneled in me.
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Most always a pleasant thing to hear Joni come on.
The first cd I bought. I had only ever bought vinyl before. I didn’t even have a CD player at the time, but I bought it as a US import - it was not available on vinyl. It was my main incentive in buying a CD player!

One of my favourite Joni albums. Magnificent. 
 Proclivities wrote:
Many people may not like her music, but there is nothing "aimless" about her melodies or her singing.  She was usually very deliberate about her melodies and harmonies.  Because her melody lines are unusual or unorthodox, or you are unable to predict their sequences does not mean that they are "aimless".
 
Yes.
Absolutely essential ... what a fantastic song. I just wish Bill followed it with "Love or Money" from the same album, the two go together so well.
One of my favorite albums from way back when. Tom Scott and the LA Express is a perfect compliment to Joni Mitchell. The blend of horns and great jazz backing gives the Joni library a refreshing vibrancy.Thanks Bill!
 daveinnj wrote:

Over the years I've tried to take the 'Bill Pill', and like Joni Mitchell (I know you love her, Bill :).

But I can't. She's got an melodic aimless to her singing that I just can't stand. 


Many people may not like her music, but there is nothing "aimless" about her melodies or her singing.  She was usually very deliberate about her melodies and harmonies.  Because her melody lines are unusual or unorthodox, or you are unable to predict their sequences does not mean that they are "aimless".
 sfyi2001 wrote:

 
daveinnj wrote:

Over the years I've tried to take the 'Bill Pill', and like Joni Mitchell (I know you love her, Bill :).

But I can't. She's got an melodic aimless to her singing that I just can't stand.



 
                           

                              "She's got a melodic aimless(ness) to her singing that I just can't stand."

                                                          - A G R E E D.
 
                                                               sfyi2001
                                                               Seattle

 
Those words describe it best why she will always be sucko barfo to me...



 
daveinnj wrote:

Over the years I've tried to take the 'Bill Pill', and like Joni Mitchell (I know you love her, Bill :).

But I can't. She's got an melodic aimless to her singing that I just can't stand.



 
                           



                              "She's got a melodic aimless(ness) to her singing that I just can't stand."

                                                          - A G R E E D.
 
                                                               sfyi2001
                                                               Seattle




Over the years I've tried to take the 'Bill Pill', and like Joni Mitchell (I know you love her, Bill :).

But I can't. She's got an melodic aimless to her singing that I just can't stand.


 iscoot4peace wrote:
One of the most interesting things about art, music, and the human experience, is how differently and divers people's reactions to the same piece of art can be. 

The fact that Joni is a great lyricist and musician is indisputable...but to my ear...she is a horrible singer.  This entire song sounds like she is feeling around in the dark for the right notes.  We were wincing this morning in our office...while most others in the RP forum seem to be in bliss.

"To each his own!" as my mother used to say.

 
Her singing style is definitely "challenging" to a lot of people.  She likes to sing in varying modal scales and it seems like she changes the lengths and stresses of the notes at random - sometimes warbling around within a single phrase or word.  It's often more like she's playing an instrumental solo than singing lyrics.  I like a lot of her tunes and I don't care for some others, but I appreciate her unconventional style.  Obviously, it's not for everyone.  Yes, to each his own.
{#Meditate}Great Album
Get well Joni !

 
One of the most interesting things about art, music, and the human experience, is how differently and divers people's reactions to the same piece of art can be. 

The fact that Joni is a great lyricist and musician is indisputable...but to my ear...she is a horrible singer.  This entire song sounds like she is feeling around in the dark for the right notes.  We were wincing this morning in our office...while most others in the RP forum seem to be in bliss.

"To each his own!" as my mother used to say.
Definitely one of her better attempts at jazz, I've always liked this.
Being the huge Joni fan that I have been since I was in junior high, I was drug kickin and screamin into liking her 'new sound' when she went jazz....used to DRIVE ME CRAZY (of course I hated it the minute Dylan picked up an electric guitar!).

When this 'new sound' started I would have given it a -2 rating....now I see it for what it was....she evolved....it's an 8 at least...

btw, I do own this album....one of about 20 JM albums (VINYL) that I have....genius
Sweet transition from Jeff Beck! *applause*

Bill, you're a MIND READER!!!!!!!!!!! I was just thinking to myself after having just plugged into RP, gee, I wish Bill would play some Joni Mitchell. I could really go for some Joni. THANKS!


I had the pleasure of showing her to a 21 year old person the other day. He had never heard of her at all and was blown away. I had a feeling he might like her because he loves Amy Winehouse. And no Amy Winehouse jokes because I love her to death and I feel terrible that she's going through so much shit. {#Cry}  I know that Joni was angelic and Amy is not, but both so gifted. I was really shocked that there are so many young people out there who have not heard of Joni Mitchell.

I could not keep up with her when she went jazz; prior, she was perfection.
She has no parallel whatsoever.... my god, thirty yeras ago she was jamming with Metheny and Jaco and holding her own...
She is iconic and under appreciated in thsi lifetime.
 Jungle_Jim wrote:
Hey Jools - are you in Brighton, so am I. Wow I'm not the only one enjoying the breezy Californian Radio Paradise sounds as the rain drizzles down outside!

 
jools wrote:
Most excellent segue. Just right for around about 18:00 hours - which is the time nowin a very wet  & miserable Brighton on the UK south coast.{#Wink}
 
 
That makes at least 3 from Brighton then! And for a change. . . its not raining! Yay!

Oh. . . nice track.