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After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

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After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

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After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

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"It took a mature woman to bring it to life. I grew into that song."

Joni Mitchell on re-recording "Both Sides Now," a song written after she'd chosen adoption for her daughter 54 years earlier. She talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

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