Joni Mitchell performs at Newport Folk Festival

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Audiences on the Newport People Pageant erupted into gleeful pleasure as residing legend Joni Mitchell graced the stage as soon as once more, becoming a member of fellow singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. This surprising efficiency is rapidly turning into one for the historical past books—not just for the uncommon sighting, however for the beloved icon’s triumphant return.

In 2015, Mitchell suffered a near-fatal and debilitating mind aneurysm that left her unable to talk, stroll and even get out of a chair, a lot much less sing or play a guitar. In a post-concert interview with CBS Information, the 78-year-old performer described her rehabilitation as “a return to infancy.” To reclaim her guitar expertise, she needed to watch previous movies of herself taking part in “to see the place I put my fingers.”

Her diligence undoubtedly paid off, and followers had been delighted to see Mitchell ace her solo throughout “Simply Like This Practice.”

Joni Mitchell, Simply Like This Practice (electrical guitar solo), Newport People Pageant, 7/24/2022www.youtube.com

Fortunate concertgoers listened to an unforgettable set record that included a few of Mitchell’s best hits like “Massive Yellow Taxi,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Each Sides Now.” 9 years might need handed since Mitchell carried out publicly, however I believe I communicate for everybody once I say she’s nonetheless received it.

Although all the live performance was an emotional affair for everybody concerned, the true clincher was “Each Sides Now.


Mitchell’s voice was as soulful as ever because it rang by the air, leaving listeners enraptured. Wynona Judd will be seen within the background, singing alongside by tears. “Each Sides Now” has at all times been a profound music, however one thing about listening to Mitchell sing it at this level in her life, after overcoming many well being battles, hits in a really completely different approach.

This video alone rapidly rose to just about 2 million views (what a beautiful trendy world we dwell in, the place wonderful moments in music historical past will be shared so simply, am I proper?) and unbridled love from followers got here flooding in.

One fan wrote, “This isn’t a lady reaching to get again to her younger self; it is a girl reinterpreting a music by who she has change into. She is a fighter and a resurrection, as if to say to us ‘you are able to do it!’” Yep, that virtually sums all of it up fairly properly.

Mitchell has at all times had a exceptional knack for getting audiences proper within the coronary heart along with her music. That magic high quality hasn’t dimmed in any respect, however now shines in an altogether completely different approach.

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