Joni Mitchell’s doctorate is ‘Moment of Revenge’ about a music teacher

Joni Mitchell accepted an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, calling it her “moment of revenge” on a music teacher from her youth.

The revered singer-songwriter was in high spirits at the private event, where Berklee students sang with professional artists, prompting the creator of the works to exclaim, “Oh, it’s beautiful!” and even burst into tears at one point.

During her acceptance speech, the college reported, Mitchell recalled an argument with his childhood piano teacher. “Why would you want to play by ear when you can have the masters at your fingertips?” And she hit me across the knuckles with her ruler. So I said to her, ‘But the masters had to play by ear to make it up.’ And she hit me again!” She added: “I wonder if she saw any of this [event]. This is my moment of revenge.”

She continued: “Well, luckily I’m too old to have a swollen head… I wish my parents were alive. My mom especially would be really proud of this because she wanted me to go to college. I went to art school and I stopped after a year. She thinks of me as a quitter. So seeing this performance would be very impressive for her. I wish I could share it with her.”

Berklee President Erica Muhl said, “We at Berklee simply join the world in celebrating Joni Mitchell’s impact on music and women everywhere, and on anyone who was forever changed by their first experience with her music—which, let’s face it, is beautiful. much to all of us.”

She added: “Since her debut in the late ’60s, Joni has been a force for change in the industry, blazing a trail for women in music with an unwavering commitment to achieving her rightful status as one of the world’s great musical artists. .”

Mitchell recently delivered one unannounced performance at the Newport Folk Festival, her first since suffering one brain aneurysm in 2015. Her label manager later predicted that there was more to come from the 78-year-old artist, saying: “She’s really getting back into the swing of things.”

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