I love Joni Mitchell. She is such a hippie though. As I recall she spoke "extensively" about what she was doing, at least later in life. And her songs were very descriptive and poetic. I can only guess that comment was contextual and she may have been referring to a certain kind of comment coming from a certain quarter.
Originally Posted by screenpainter
Thing is that the media and record stores and so on try to pigeon hole artists for marketing purposes. And that can kill an Artist's momentum who has any free spirit at all. It's that free spirit that got them recognized in the first place. I think she wanted to lead her creativity and not have to fit in. She left the public eye at the height of her career and went and lived in the equivalent of a log cabin out in the middle of nowhere Canada where the media would not follow. She disliked what was the early days of these super invasive paparazzi we have now. Plus people love to misquote and twist meanings.
There was also a thing about the hippie days where the musicians were looked to for the answers. Even Bob Dylan admitted that they sounded like they had the answers, but they really didn't.
In short, we dare not snap the flow from the Muse, and it's bloody tenuous, as anyone who has done high end cutting edge Art knows. All the great art that was once cutting edge all looks really easy sitting whether in the Louvre or the Gugenheim. People were breaking conventions at their peril in some cases in history. What we see is a painting. But to me context is a huge part of Art, if not the main thing.
On the other hand, to over-explain can kill the experience of the painting. Mystery is important as well, especially when we aren't really sure where the inspiration is coming from -- Muse or intellect or luck etc. To the Artist, that may not matter from whence and thus words might screw everything up. And the creative type wants to protect that as a precious and fragile thing. . . so certain personality types may give the curt admonishment to the critics and pundits, "Baby On Board" as were signs hanging in car windows.
I think it all depends on where you're sitting what is important and what isn't.
Tell a writer that Blah Blah is crap and see where that gets you. They may see painting as lobotomized thinking whereas words communicate and full a dynamic. Personally, I think it's suitable to be firing on all cylinders. That lets me experience things multi-dimensionally, which is sort of what being a human entitles us to.
Bartender, fix me a moon river. . .in a TIFFANY GLASS!!!!!!!