(guest blogged by Howie Klein) Joni Mitchell's new album, SHINE, will be released, by Hear Music (Starbucks) and our good friends at Concord Records, Tuesday. C&L has an advance and we were told to keep it semi-quiet but leak it to our community. So don't tell anyone you don't know. There's a new version of "Big Yellow Taxi" and there's this incredible adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling poem, "If." Joni described the new CD "as serious a work as I've ever done." I was floored by this song, "If I Had A Heart," which we're proud to debut right here at C&L. The New York Times described it as "one of the most haunting melodies she has ever written.
And here's an EPK of Joni talking about the making of this record and why this project is so unique and so important to her.