The video below is an interview by Jian Ghomeshi of Joni Mitchell. It's a fabulous interview of this tremendously talented woman – a renaissance woman; although I am certain that she would not like that label. I've known that she was a very successful and gifted visual artist, but I was surprised to hear her say that she was a painter first and that she applies painting principles to music. Sigh . . .
There was so much I enjoyed about the interview – one being this poem she wrote at 16. It's titled, The Fish Bowl.
The fish bowl is a world diverse / where fishermen with hooks that dangle / from the bottom reel up their catch / on gilded bait without a fight. / Pike, pickerel, bass, the common fish / ogle through distorting glass / see only glitter, glamour, gaiety / and weep for fortune lost. / Envy the goldfish? Why? / His bubbles are breaking 'round the rim / while silly fishes faint for him.
I also walked away from the video with a nugget of wisdom. It is this succinctly insightful comment she made about her music:
If you listen to the music and you see me, you're not getting anything out of it. If you listen to the music and you see yourself, it'll probably make you cry and you'll learn something about yourself; and now, you're getting something out of it.
It was so perfectly said that I am compelled to borrow her words! If you, look at my art and you see me, you're not getting anything out of it. If you look at my art and see yourself, it'll probably make you feel something, and you'll learn something about yourself; and now, you're getting something out of it.