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Writer lectures on Joni Mitchell songs

Writer and co-founder of New York Writers Workshop Tim Tomlinson delivered his “Clouds at Icy Altitude: Joni Mitchell in the Firmament” lecture last June 29 at the American Studies Resource Center, Silliman University Library.

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter who is considered as the most highly regarded and influential songwriter of the 20th century. She is known for her songs “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” “A Case of You,” “Chelsea Morning,” among others.

In his lecture, Tomlinson related writing to musicians like Mitchell for their sense of artistic expression and discipline.

“It’s really important, as a writer, to create something that frees you from specificity, that liberates you from having to deal with the exact details,” Tomlinson said.

He added that Mitchell sang about things people haven’t heard before and her guitar chords are ‘reflections of her moods,’ like the palette of an artist.

The Edilberto K. Tiempo and Edith L. Tiempo Creative Writing Center organized the lecture.
By Jann Cardenas

 

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