Label: Asylum Records - AS 53053,Asylum Records - AS 53 053 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Jazz, Rock • Style: Acoustic, Soft Rock, Folk Rock
Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The songs on the album were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to Los Angeles, Californiawith prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. The photographs of Mitchell on the front and back cover were taken by Norman Seeff and Hallelujah - Inner City - Fire against a backdrop of Lake Mendotain Madison, Wisconsinafter an ice storm.
Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, and graced with the overdubbed fretless bass playing of Jaco Pastoriuswhom Joni had just met, Hejira continued Mitchell's journey beyond her pop records towards the freer, jazz inspired music she would implement on later recordings. The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, peaking at No. It reached No. Critically, the album was generally well received, and in the years since its release, Hejira has been considered one of the high marks of her career.
According to Mitchell, the album was written during or after three journeys she took in late and the first half of During this time period, she became a frequent cocaine user, and it would take several years for her to kick the addiction.
However, the relationship between Mitchell and her boyfriend John Guerin who was acting as her drummer on the string of dates soured, possibly due to Mitchell's fling with director Sam Shepard during the Rolling Thunder Revue. Tensions became so fraught that the tour was abandoned about halfway through. The third trip came soon after when Mitchell traveled across America with two men, one of them being a former lover from Australia. This trip inspired six of the songs on the album. She traveled without a driver's licence and stayed behind truckersrelying on their habit of signaling when the police were ahead of them; consequently, she only drove in daylight hours.
During some of her solo journeys, Mitchell donned a red wig, sunglasses, and told the varying strangers she met that her name was either "Charlene Latimer" or "Joan Black.
During the recording of her albums Court and Spark and The Hissing of Summer LawnsMitchell grew increasingly frustrated by the rock Guys Like Me - Aimee Mann - Lost In Space musicians who had been hired to perform her music.
There were grace notes and subtleties and things that I thought were getting kind of buried. In addition, her relationship with drummer and musician John Guerin which lasted through a significant portion of the mids influenced her decision to move more towards experimental jazz music and further away from her folk and pop roots. After recording the basic tracks that would become HejiraMitchell met bassist Jaco Pastorius and they formed Jastamba (Suspicious Mix) - Various - Gatecrasher: Black immediate musical connection;  Mitchell was dissatisfied with what she called the "dead, distant bass sound" of the s and early s, and was beginning A Strange Boy - Joni Mitchell - Hejira wonder why the bass A Strange Boy - Joni Mitchell - Hejira always had to play the root of a chord.
Dominated by Mitchell's guitar and Pastorius's fretless bassthe album drew on a range of influences but was more cohesive and accessible than some of her later more jazz-oriented work.
1 transliteration of the Arabic word more commonly rendered as Hegira or Hijrawhich means "rupture", usually referring to the migration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his companions from Mecca to Medina in She later stated that when she chose the title, she was looking for a word that meant "running away with honor.
Mitchell has described the album as "really inspired The sweet loneliness of solitary travel",  and has said that "I suppose a lot of people could have written a lot of my other songs, but I feel the songs on Hejira could only have come from me.
Hejira opens with " Coyote ", about a one-night stand with a ladies' man speculated by several biographers to be playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The second track on Hejira"Amelia", was inspired by Mitchell's breakup with Guerin, and described by her as almost an exact account of her experience in the desert. Mitchell has commented on the origins of the song: "I was thinking of Amelia Earhart and addressing it from one solo pilot to another This version of the song was not included on the version of The Last Waltz but was included on the re-release.
This was Mitchell's final public performance to date. Side two of Hejira begins with the epic "Song for Sharon", which at eight minutes and 40 seconds stands as the longest track on the album. The lyrics deal with the conflict faced by a woman who is deciding between freedom and marriage. The song references the places Mitchell went during her trip to New York City, including scenes at Mandolin Brothers in Staten Island and a visit to a fortune teller on The Funeral Hours - Pest - The Crowning Horror Street.
The namesake of the song was her childhood friend Sharon Bell, who studied voice and wanted to be a singer when she was young but married a farmer; Mitchell wanted to be a farmer's wife, but ended up becoming a singer. The song was inspired by the first breakup of the on-again-off-again relationship between Mitchell and Guerin. The famous photo Earthrise by astronaut Bill Anders is alluded to. The album was released in November by Asylum.
Commercially the album did not do as well as its two predecessors. Despite reaching 13 on the Billboard pop album chart and being certified Gold, it failed to get significant airplay on commercial radio.
Reviewing for Rolling StoneAriel Swartley felt that Mitchell had abandoned melodies and memorable tunes in favour of "new, seductive rhythms" and "lush guitars", with the resulting sound, despite its "apparent simplicity", as "sophisticated and arresting as anything A Strange Boy - Joni Mitchell - Hejira done". In Rolling Stone placed the cover at No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from A Strange Boy.
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