Joni Mitchell is one of my all time favorite singer-songwriters, who describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance.” A talented lyricist and musician, she often writes songs about damaged relationships and social injustice. Some of her more biting lyrics concern the church and even God himself in songs like, “Tax Free“ and “God Must Be A Boogie Man.” In these songs Joni rails against what she considers both hypocrisy and brutality.
Even though Joni has been a staunch social critic, she is still not one without hope. In the song “Love” on the album “Wild Things Run Fast,” she adapts the Apostle Paul’s subject of love in 1 Corinthians 13. And for anyone who has read it, this beautiful description of love would be hard to deny.
My personal hope is that in spite of today’s self-righteous judgment of each other, we too will learn to sing a new song. A song of faith, hope and yes — above all love.