A very inspiring and interesting look at a familiar voice (to those of us born before 1965) revered by her musician peers as a rare poet is available. I watched "Heart and Mind: The Life and Times of Joni Mitchell" (http://www.cbc.ca/lifeandtimes/mitchell.html) that I rented on Netflix. It was originally run as a two-part documentary on CBC in 2003.
Mitchell's journey through early childhood polio, her discovery of acting, music, poetry, and other forms of self-expression all pointed to the unwavering heed she paid to her own "voice." She is and always has been articulate, discerning of the truth of emotions and experience, and able to get to the heart of things like few others ever could.
Equally fascinating to watch, in addition to Mitchell's own statements about experiences in her life and career were the remarks and descriptions of her work by her peers. Musicians like David Crosby, Graham Nash and others were clearly dumbfounded by her talent and ability to use language beautifully.
Mitchell's creative process was clearly her gift, and she remained true to it. The vulnerability and depth of feeling she allowed herself became gifts to her audiences everywhere. Lucky us to be given such special things.
Causes Christine Bottaro Supports
The Nature Conservancy, California State Parks, The United Way