Joni Mitchell has been laying low in recent years after the 76-year-old Canadian music icon suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s last public appearance was in 2018, when she appeared at a special tribute concert in honour or her 75th birthday, where she appeared to be on the mend — although she didn’t perform.
But could there be some new music coming from the woman who brought us such iconic hits as “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Free Man in Paris”?
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According to longtime friend James Taylor… perhaps.
In a new interview with The Guardian, the “Fire and Rain” singer, 71, dropped a tanatalizing hint that Mitchell may be returning to the studio — if she hasn’t already.
“Yes, I think she’s coming back musically,” said Taylor.
“It’s amazing to see her come back to the surface,” he added.
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According to Taylor, he and Mitchell recently reignited their longtime friendship, which began in the late 1960s.
“We’ve continued to have a friendship and, well, I recently sort of re-engaged with Joni, and that’s been wonderful,” he explained.
“She came to a show of mine recently, at the Hollywood Bowl, which was an unusual thing for her to do. But she’s recovering, she’s coming back — which is an amazing thing to be able to do — and I wonder what she has to tell us about that.”
Mitchell’s last studio album was 2007’s Shine.