Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Case Of Him

I still check... "Really..? I don't get it..." I always get the same answer.
"No, I don't like Joni Mitchell."
My ears hear; my brain cannot process this garbage. "I don't see how you can't like Joni Mitchell ... she is awesome."
"It's her voice, honey." He shrugs. "I don't like little girl voices."
I usually let him alone at this point. There's obviously no reasoning with him.

The first time we discussed it, I must have pestered him for at least 30 minutes. He just kept laughing, good naturedly and red-faced - like he always does.

I must have found out by accident. In fact, looking back now I believe I can recall. We were traveling to see my family in Louisiana. I had packed all the music after hearing him say, "Oh ... whatever, honey." About half-way to the state line, I believe that I plugged in "Blue." It was probably all the way to "This Flight Tonight" and I am sure I was singing along, when I gushed "Isn't she great!"
"Not a big fan..." was all he said.
(holy crap)

So began the cycle...

I still check in every now and then. "You really don't like Joni Mitchell?"
He just laughs and says slowly to me (like I'm a child), "No..."

So when I want to listen to women artists, there is some safe ground:
  • Bonnie Raitt - "Sure!"
  • Amy Winehouse - "With or without the meth?"
  • Shelby Lynne - "By all means!"
And then there's:
  • Rickie Lee Jones - "Oh, c'mon..."
  • Juliana Hatfield - "Did she just sniff some helium?"
  • Abra Moore - "Well, the music and arrangement are both nice..." Nice ... hhmmph.
It's much easier meeting in the middle on the guys: Wilco, Muse, Weezer...
When I got home from work today, I shuffled him around the office to "Solace of You" by Living Colour.

(it's all right, Joni ... I love you enough for both him and me...)


  1. what about Me'Shell Ndegeocello? fabulous bass player(think female prince) & no little girl voice there!

  2. Boot ~C: I have to admit that my only exposure is her duet with Mellencamp on "Wild Night" (Loved it).

    I'll have to dig deeper - Big thanks!

  3. bleh, I'm not a fan of JCM but she was pretty fierce on that one. She also does a duet w/ Chaka Khan~Never Miss the Water. In my opinion you cannot go wrong w/ her!(she is even my ringtone)

  4. well, see there, Boot~C ... you caught me in a lie. I actually have a copy of Chaka Khan's greatest hit "Epiphany" - That Meshell duet is right there. I need to take a closer listen.

    Thanks again!