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Joni Mitchell Holds Onto Joy & Leaves Sorrow Behind

I don’t really want to paint sorrowful stuff, you know? Like, I get that out of my system. I guess what I was trying to say in the writing. You know, like “For The Roses” is really, you know, writing my sorrows. That’s probably the one. “Court and Spark” has got some of it. “Blue” has got some of it. That pocket. And then it kind of pulls out of there. But that’s when I really kind of addressed hurt. Those three projects…I’ve been through so much in the last five years, really hard stuff. And I’ve come through it kind of, oddly enough, still kind of in a good mood. I can’t explain it. [Laughs.] Maybe it’s just got so rotten, you know, like that there was no place else to go. So, no. I’m in a good space. I’m still in the middle of a bunch of really kind of sickening little wars, but generally I feel pretty happy, you know? It’s not that bad, you know. Things have been worse. I’ve been through so much in my life, you know…I’m a tough old cookie.

Music goddess Joni Mitchell, self-proclaimed “painter who happens to write songs,” once told a Toronto newspaper, “I sing my sorrow and paint my joy.” In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition” this week, Mitchell told co-host Renee Montagne that she likes to paint happy scenes and fill her home with joyful images, and Montagne asked whether Mitchell had given up sorrow and perhaps songwriting. Considering the melancholy lyrics that made her famous, I wouldn’t have expected this response. What an amazing spirit. She’s not a legend for nothing! [NPR] [Image via Getty]

Dating Don’ts: It’s Time For A Dating Attitude Adjustment

Few things are more entertaining than bad date stories. Who wants to hear about hearts and flowers when flatulence and festering sores are so much more fun? Which is why when my friend Sal wanted to share what she assured me were horror stories about her recent attempts at online dating, I was ecstatic – joke material!

As I slid onto the bar stool next to her, I noticed she looked a little down. I immediately felt guilty about my initial excitement. Hmm. “What happened?” I asked.

“Nothing really,” she shrugged. It seems she’d met up with two different men and both were just meh. “I had nothing in common with either,” she complained.

“And?” I inquired.

She shot me a look. “And what?” she answered. “They were both really boring.”
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