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Joni Mitchell! Amazingly prolific! This is taken from her fourteenth album, “Night Ride Home.” “The Windfall” is actually about wealth and more particularly about a maid who tried to sue Joni. (“you want everything for nothing…”)

What is there left to say about the legend that is Canadian singer songwriter Joni? I first heard her listening to a copy of “Ladies of the Canyon” (1970) which included her major UK hit “Big Yellow Taxi” and the wonderful homage to Woodstock, later made into worldwide hits for Crosby, Stills and Nash and more particularly in UK for Matthews Southern Comfort.

After a break of some eighteen years I rediscovered Joni through her album “Chalk Mark In The Rainstorm” and I quickly raided all her back catalogue to revel in her melodies and time changes and general song writing genius. I’d missed A LOT!!

I love the feel of “The Windfall” with its jazz guitar phrasing and sharp lyrics cutting to the quick. Quintessential Joni at her peak in 1991.

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About the Curator: Richard Parsons

 Richard Parsons - Musicto Curator

I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.

In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?

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