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Oh, how I enjoyed this glorious piece of writing, Ramona.
I also very much enjoyed Joni's performance. I loved how well surrounded and supported she was as she sang. The audience was mesmerized by it all. It was a perfectly imperfectly performance. I loved every minute of it.
Thank you Ramona, exactly what I needed to start my day (even though I too cried). Wynonna Judd still healing from losing her mom, Naomi, watching with tears this amazing woman sing. Joni Mitchell, a true legend in her own time.
Ahhh! Joni, Aretha, and HAVE YOU HEARD TOM JONES????
Joni Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015 that left her unable to walk or talk. The fact she was able to sing at all? Amazing! I too love her, her songs, her singing voice. The fact that so many on stage, in the audience, and we watching were paying tribute to her is testimony to her greatness. She showed up and showed great courage and a sense of humor while doing so. I'm wildly applauding her.
Beautiful story by Ramona. Thank you Bill!!!
Beautifully written! What a treat to be part of her music once again. And I wept hearing her performance because of the beauty of it all, the lyrics, the message. I wept for my past that I miss, it’s a gentle reminder to all of us that our life is fragile and very fast moving!
O my goodness.....❤
I am in tears. Thank you SO Much for sharing this. Memories are precious gifts. Thank you.
Read the text...then watch the video.
Oh my goodness ......❤
I was weaned on Joni and Judy. I knew she hadn’t been well so I was surprised to see her. It bright tears to my eyes. Your article was beautifully and poignantly written. Kudos. TY.
Wow. Thank you, Ramona, for explaining why the Joni performance was so deeply moving. I felt it but kept trying to understand why.
What’s also interesting is that the second video to come out (the professionally cut one) is not as affecting as the first one (with Wynonna in the background much of the time). Why? We see less of the emotion of Wy and Brandi in the pro shot. Joni is amazing in both … but the human connection and support and love is more easily seen in the amateur, shaky first video. What a gift. Beautiful.
IT IS GLEN, NOT GLENN CAMPBELL.
Ramona, thank you for expressing what so many of us felt watching Joni. It was beautiful and your words described what it meant to me seeing her sing. She is and will always be a Legend!
Thank you for sharing this. It was great to hear and see her again. She was/is genius. The songs she wrote have been part of me since my teens - they’ve travelled with me and in me for over 50 yrs. Thank you, Joni.
This was a beautiful story. I could relate to the writer because my mom and I had a similar experience.
A few years back we saw Burt Bacharach in person at our local concert venue. At this point in his life Burt’s voice was basically gone for singing. He could tell his stories, but that was about all.
Encouraged by the crowd, and although hesitant, he launched in to one of his most famous ballads, I don’t even recall which one. It didn’t matter what Burt’s voice sounded like, he was putting himself out there and the entire park knew it. We all sang as loud and as happily as we could, and I did see a lot of tears on the faces around me, including my mom. A beautiful evening.
The arts — I personally think mostly of music in this regard but paintings as well, and definitely good books (especially when you reach the last words of the last page) — have a transcendent affect upon us. They can tap deep into our souls, reminding us that as self-centered as we all tend to be, we were created for something bigger than ourselves; that we are part of a bigger and better story. Ramona’s story is a testimony, that whether it’s John Williams’s Star Wars score, a church choir singing “It Is Well with My Soul,” Joni Mitchell’s “I had a King,” or Israel Kamakawiwo’ole singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” music can do something beautiful in us, to us, and around us.
This was such an evocative description of the show. I could see it, hear it, felt like I was there. The text alone brought me to tears. Thanks, Ramona.