Joni Mitchell's house
“I came to live in America in 1969 and stayed with David Crosby for a couple of nights. He threw me a party and invited Joni Mitchell whom I hadn’t seen since meeting her when I played with the Hollies. After that party I went home with Joni and spent a couple of years with her in her home in Laurel Canyon.” While he admits he’s grown a little tired of it over the years, Graham Nash does give the track Our House some prominence in his 2015 autobiography Wild Tales. A song that has forever etched in the history of popular culture his sweet romance with Joni Mitchell, in that modest wooden house just off the road.
Graham Nash continues: “One day Joan and I got up and went to breakfast at a delicatessen on Ventura Boulevard, and a few doors away there was a little antique store, and in the window Joan saw this vase, went inside, fell in love with it, bought it and brought it back to the house.”. So the vase in question ended up in Our House, along with the fireplace and the cats in the driveway. An ode to the simple joys of married life. A moment captured in music by one of the most talented songwriters of his time. Written in a few minutes on the piano that same day, the song appears on the album Déjà vu by the quartet Graham Nash formed with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. On the album and on stage, he sings solo while the others take care of the backing vocals. The arrangement is both simple and complex, of infinite delicacy.
Time passes peacefully, away from all the hustle and bustle of the canyon, for the two lovers. During the day, Joni Mitchell takes advantage of the veranda and the garden to paint, inspired by an abundant and sometimes wild nature. It is here that she creates almost all of her album covers. In the house, Graham Nash always gives his girlfriend priority on the piano and everything goes well. Our House symbolizes this love, fleeting but undoubtedly intense, in the most melodious way.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young accumulated 800 hours of recording time to complete the Déjà vu album.
8217 Lookout Mountain Ave
Located in the center of Laurel Canyon, in the heights of Los Angeles, this home at 8217 Lookout Mountain Ave was home to one of rock’s most iconic idylls.
It was in 1968 that folk singer Joni Mitchell fell madly in love with this small wooden cottage lost in the vegetation of the Hollywood hills. Without really hesitating, she bought it for $36,000. Plunged in a permanent emulation, the modest house is located just behind the home of the illustrious Frank Zappa.
In 1969, a fire broke out next door and destroyed the home of the blues band Canned Heat. Miraculously, Joni Mitchell’s cabin was spared. And if the musician no longer lives there today, the title deed is still in her name.
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