Jeff Ament on Joni Mitchell’s Blue 50th anniversary

Pearl Jam bassist shared some memories on the 50th anniversary of Blue, the classic Joni Mitchell’s album.

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In the early roommate days of PJ, Ed and I listened to a few tapes over and over, Rickie Lee Jones/Pirates, Fugazi/Steady Diet, Waterboys/This Is The Sea, Last Temptation of Christ, Eno/Discreet Music and a few others; but, the record we listened to most was Joni Mitchell’s Blue. I know, for me, it made me feel less homesick. Joni was born and raised just over the border in Alberta and Saskatchewan from my north central Montana home, and everything she sang about I could visualize and feel. In the summer of 1993, we took the same plane between two Canadian cities and she sat across the aisle from me. I reached into my backpack and put in a copy of Blue into my Walkman and couldn’t believe the angel from these songs was a real human sitting across from me. I wish I had a river that I could skate away on.”

– Jeff Ament



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