If you want a recount of Joni's personal life including her Canadian upbringing, her relationship with Graham Nash, and the child she gave away for adoption only later to be reconnected with, you'll have to go to Wikipedia (link provided at the end of the article).
This tribute is about Joni Mitchell's music (8 Grammy wins and a Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction) and her art (she painted most of her album covers) for those who are unfamiliar with her work.
What makes Joni so great, in our opinion, is her songs. She has a range of melodies from upbeat and rhythmic to relaxing and sensuous, but all of them have unique, thought-provoking lyrics that create a tone or paint a picture in such a way that it can only be described as pure poetry.
If you’re unfamiliar with Joni Mitchell’s work, the 1971 album Blue is a good place to start. The songs on Blue are a mix of pop, folk, and rock, and the album is regarded as one of the strongest and most influential records of the time.
If you only have time to listen to one Joni Mitchell song, we recommend “River.” The music is simple, the lyrics are beautiful, and her vocals are impeccable. The song is a classic and represents the quality of her music as a whole.
If you’d like to sample something less mainstream, listen to the albums Hejira or Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. These are more experimental and were deeply influenced by Joni Mitchell’s passion for jazz.