I met a woman in a Joni Mitchell song
The reference isn’t that flattering. But, hey,
at the AGM of our Film Co-op.
so put on some raw blues — Slim Lightning —
going and encourage mingling, I guess. Suddenly,
that was Junior Wells asking me to come and
that time of my life. I’m naturally nosey, so asked —
Mitchell did…Yeah, that’s how it all got started.
When Joni was poor she’d stay with this woman.
They had an arrangement. And then one day it was clear
NB: I can’t use this woman’s real name.
about her. We met in another life she doesn’t remember.
on a rope around my neck, a clipboard
I didn’t mean to become a lightning rod
But there’s a lot of paranoia out there.
who won’t let you get a word in edgeways
and blob out in front of the telly after a long day.
for some poor out-sourced young woman in India
about the poor of India already. And we just wanted the information
and whether there’s enough bus stops in your area. That’s all. Honest.
She opened right up right away. Told me she was a bankrupt.
all my money, and maybe some other people’s too. I have to declare
She’s a BM in the lingo — a Building Manager.
so you can get a foot in the door of all the other hold-outs.
a few simple questions to help their country decide
me coming to her building. I’m out of context — Thank God.
mind and the memory of a cheese grater.
how could anyone ever forget that Junior Wells
But you want to know the really sad thing?
so that everyone can hear above the music
I’d totally forgot that part of my life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Geary is a big Joni Mitchell fan. His favourite album is Blue. His favourite Joni song is Furry Sings the Blues. Joni’s cover art for the gatefold sleeve of The Hissing of Summer Lawns is some of the best ever. However, David Crosby described Joni as ‘about as humble as Mussolini’. She has described contemporary music as ‘appallingly sick, with boring chord movements and bad acting’. And slagged off Sting, Alanis Morrisette and Sheryl Crow.
David Geary doesn’t think this is helping.David will be the writer in residence at Victoria University for 2008. He thinks Herbie Hancock’s new album of Joni covers, River — The Joni Letters, could become the soundtrack of the year. Herbie is a Nichiren Buddhist. David has flirted with this path and occasionally chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to quiet his monkey brain.