There is no one greater than Joni in the female singer-songwriter world. I love so many of her songs, where her poetic words perfectly match the tension and release of her music, but "Amelia" is particularly special:
"I was driving across the burning
desert/ When I spotted six jet planes
Leaving six white vapour trails
across the bleak terrain/It was the
hexagram of the heavens
It was the strings of my guitar
Amelia it was just a false alarm."
He is one of two people who pick a woman. How sad is that? That only two picked a woman?
"Amelia" is on Hejira and it's an album you can listen to from start to finish. You can do that with Shine as well. It has to do with making an album and not trying to have 10 different kinds of singles.
Every track on Hejira is a classic. My personal favorite is "Coyote." And C.I. showed me it on piano so that's one I love to play. (I gave up piano after high school. I can play the songs I knew then but I don't make a point to learn anything new. However, we were in a music room on a campus we were speaking at in -- I'm pulling a blank, I think it was Delaware but it was top north of the country regardless -- and C.I. showed me "Coyote." That was in October or November. Now whenever I'm by a piano, I make a point to play that.)
Hejira is one of the Joni classics that sometimes gets ignored and that's a real shame. Whether it's "Song to Sharon" or "Blue Motel," each song is a classic.
(Title is a reference to Prince's "Starfish & Coffee," where he sings, "And it was Joni singing . . .")
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"