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Chalk Mark In a Rain Storm

Joni Mitchell

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Like many artists who'd made their names in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Joni Mitchell created intriguing music in the '80s that didn’t always find an audience. On this album she remains sociopolitically engaged, whether she's addressing water pollution (a rewrite of Bob Nolan’s country classic “Cool Water” with Willie Nelson guesting), Native American issues (“Lakota”), or war stories (“The Tea Leaf Prophecy,” “The Beat of Black Wings”). Peter Gabriel joins her on the rediscovery of teenage love (“My Secret Place”), with Don Henley adding backing vocals to “Lakota” and “Snakes and Ladders.” Mitchell and coproducer Larry Klein use a keyboard-heavy sound to their advantage.

Customer Reviews

my secret place

With its winding guitars, overlaping vocals, beautiful melody set to sincere, introspective lyrics, this song resonates through the years.


Born: November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No female artist better typified the singer/songwriter movement of the '70s than Joni Mitchell, though her public image as the serious, sensitive woman with a guitar shortchanged her abilities, ambitions, and accomplishments. Mitchell's gift for writing personal, folk-inspired songs about the thorny side of life and love was inarguable (particularly on albums like 1970's Ladies of the Canyon and 1971's Blue), but Mitchell also brought the same smarts and eloquence to glossy pop on her commercial...
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