Like her painting, like her songs, like her life. Joni Mitchell has never settled for the easy answers; it’s the big questions that she’s still exploring, like no one else, whether it’s with a paintbrush, a guitar, a ukulele, or standing here, right now, in a room lined with fresh canvases. Over there on the table is a yellow legal tablet with the final listing of the songs on this album., written out in longhand, with a few last-minute changes. Such is the power of her work, and such is the difficulty of selecting some of her songs for a single record. Her songs belong so powerfully to those who hear them. How could you choose one and leave another behind? And then you realize, it’s easy if you think about it.
The masterpiece is Joni Mitchell."