Court & Spark 

My analyst told me that I was right out of my head
But I said dear doctorI think that it’s you instead
Because I have got a thing that’s unique and new
To prove it I’ll have the last laugh on you
‘Cause instead of one head
I got two
And you know two heads are better than one …

~ Joni Mitchell, Trouble Child

January 1, 1974 ~

Forty-five years ago today, The Chirp releases her sixth album. It remains her most successful in terms of sales and it was a portend of what was to come for Joni’s musical journey.

It fuses both folk with touches of jazz and ended up being the seminal coming of age album for millions of young adults world-wide — including me. It’s “that album” that got me through the angst of high school and beyond.

It’s #111 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. For me, it’s Joni’s masterpiece.