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Sex Kills —Joni Mitchell

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Published on Mar 28, 2011

In my world of artistic connectivity, Joni Mitchell is the top of the top for songwriters; up there, sharing that space with my very favorites, for, in Ms. Mitchell you have an artist with their attention on every detail of the creative process —From the initial compositional strokes to final packaging, she is sharing the full compliment of her artistry...

I noticed, with the release in 1988 of another great one, "Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm", the production value and overall sonic quality had made a huge leap —I mean, Joni's stuff always sounded terrific but Man, I tell ya, from "Chalk-Mark" forward, all her releases also go in the stack of jaw-dropping audiophile recordings to test high-end audio gear with.

Nothing disappoints in "Turbulent Indigo" —All artistry in tact —And here, in this wonderful piece, we have Joni's musical social commentary on the the egocentric breakdown of humanism, with it all coming to a head in the lyrical coup de gras —"Sex Kills".

Now, I looked for this, the studio version of this amazing piece on youtube but, all I found were lots of live performance versions that don't make her point as clearly as what this spot-on artistic moment offers. So, that's why you find me uploading this one, here.

Need to call attention to a few musical aspects more than worthy of note —Firstly, personnel —Joni's playing acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion and, of course vocals —Joining her are: Larry Klein on basses and percussion and Michael Landau offering up some fierce and stunning electric guitar impressionism.

I love the implied rhythm you find in the space —There is a sparse rim shot that appears initially on the 2 and the 4, backing off only to the 2 count in the verses —That is your constant —The rest are very keenly placed tom hits —It is such a wonderful minimalist approach that lends movement —Not by rhythmically spoon-feeding over-accentuated percussive "busy-ness" but, via rhythmic implication —You find it, right there in the space —for there is no question about it, this is a song that moves...

Joni's takin' it to the edge, Folks —Please enjoy —"Sex Kills"......

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