SONG FOR SHARON - Cover by KHAARTOUM - Original: JONI MITCHELL
KHAARTOUM SINGS the EPIC 9 minute JONI MITCHELL SONG: 'SONG FOR SHARON'. The SONG is a MYSTICAL JOURNEY through CHILDHOOD MEMORIES to the PRESENT DAY and TOUGH DECISIONS of 'SETTLING DOWN' for 'SAFETY' or 'WALK PASTURES BY AND BY'....'SONG FOR SHARON' is a STORY set to MUSIC with a FEELING of SUFISM and also COLOURFUL EMOTIONAL MEDIEVAL LUTE SONGS of ENGLAND'S JOHN DOWLAND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkRrzAo9Wl4
How to re-record JONI MITCHELL'S? A cover version of the song is difficult because JONI MITCHELL found the GUITAR 'BORING' and RETUNED the STRINGS to her own TUNINGS that are not CLEARLY TRANSCRIBED or REMEMBERED. The CHORD TRANSCRIPTIONS of the SONGS are NOT ACCURATE of the ORIGINAL ALBUM SONG.
I decided to focus on the MYSTIC, as the ALBUM NAME: 'HEJIRA', an ARABIC WORD to RELATE to PROPHET MOHAMMED and the 'leaving with full honour' from a situation.
I used a repeated humming vocal that repeats in ostinato like MIDDLE AGES ENGLISH MUSIC EXPERIMENTS. Then a VOCAL with WHISPERED WORDS and two LINES DOUBLING the VOCAL in HUMMING and WHISTLING. This CLARIFIES the TUNE and GIVES the BASS and TREBLE and MIDDLE REGISTERS and STOPS the REPEATED OSTINATO from INTERFERING with the LISTENER'S TRACK of the MELODY.
Wikipedia on 'SONG FOR SHARON'
Side two of Hejira begins with the epic "Song for Sharon", which at eight minutes and 40 seconds stands as the longest track on the album. The lyrics deal with the conflict faced by a woman who is deciding between freedom and marriage. The song references the places Mitchell went during her trip to New York City, including scenes at Mandolin Brothers guitar store in Staten Island and a visit to a fortune teller on Bleecker Street. The song was allegedly written while Mitchell was high on cocaine at the end of her visit to the city.
The namesake of the song was her childhood friend Sharon Bell, who studied voice and wanted to be a singer when she was young but married a farmer; Mitchell wanted to be a farmer's wife, but ended up becoming a singer. The song also mentions the blowout fight and abandoned midwestern tour that served as the death knell for Mitchell's relationship with Guerin: "I left my man at a North Dakota junction, and I came out to the Big Apple here to face the dream's malfunction."
According to biographer Sheila Weller, "Song For Sharon" also makes a coded reference to the March 1976 suicide of Jackson Browne's wife, fashion model Phyllis Major. Browne and Mitchell had a brief, "high-strung" affair in 1972; on at least one occasion, Browne allegedly physically abused Mitchell. After their relationship dissolved, Browne quickly married Major. Although Major had died from a barbiturate overdose, Mitchell sang "A woman I knew just drowned herself", and questioned if her suicide was a means of "punishing somebody".
KHAARTOUM_LETS_TALK - POLITICS and DAFTNESS
KHAARTOUM_SINGS - COVER SONGS and ORIGINAL SONGS
KHAARTOUM_EAST - COMMERCIAL EASTERN MEDIA with ENGLISH LANGUAGE ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL ARTICLES
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