Quote of the day: JONI

January 20, 2015

JONI

Miles Davis taught me how to sing. More and more I’m beginning to show what he taught me – pure straight tones holding straight lines. The feeling when you sing and you open up your heart. If you just try to remember to keep your heart open, it produces a warmer tone than if you really think you’re hot shit, because the tone is going to get cold then. That’s the thing. You can be so flashy and incredible, there’s a certain beauty that comes out of that too, but not out of arrogance…warmth is not gonna come out of it, you know. I always kept Miles and his music, especially at a certain period, a lyrical period, in the area of music that I would play for myself but never thought of it as attainable. And now I’m playing with most of the players who made up that music.

–Joni Mitchell in 1978

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