The blog Music, Musings and Miscellany is publishing a series of posts on the 20th century’s best 1000 singles, in alphabetical order. Joni Mitchell’s single “California” backed with “A Case of You” from her album Blue starts off part 10 of the series.
Blue isn’t Joni Mitchell’s most musically adventurous album, but it is her most emotionally true and pure. There isn’t a weak song on it. “California” is a paean, not so much to the titular state, but to her old days in Canada, whereas “A Case of You” is a beautifully evocative portrait of punch-drunk love.