In a recent interview with The Guardian, James Taylor reflected on his long friendship with Joni Mitchell and even slightly indicated that she might return to music.
Back in 2015, Mitchell was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and was discovered unconscious at her home. Following the event, she then made a slow recovery and had undergone daily therapy.
Talking with The Guardian in a recent interview, Taylor shared some insights regarding Mitchell’s progress.
“We’ve continued to have a friendship and, well, I recently sort of re-engaged with Joni, and that’s been wonderful,”Taylor described. “She came to a show of mine recently, at the Hollywood Bowl, which was an unusual thing for her to do.”
“She’s recovering, she’s coming back,”he continued, “which is an amazing thing to be able to do – and I wonder what she has to tell us about that…”
When asked about Mitchell if she was making new music, Taylor replied:
“I think she’s coming back musically…It’s amazing to see her come back to the surface.”
Mitchell and Taylor have been collaborators and were known, lovers — and their love affair happened between the years 1970 and 1971 and was documented in both of their music. The increasing heroin addiction of Taylor at the time led to them breaking up.
Mitchell’s critically acclaimed 1971 album, Blue, makes reference regarding their love affair.