Is your silence that golden?
Are you comfortable in it?
Is it the key to your freedom
Or is it the bars on your prison?
Are you gagged by your ribbons?
Are you really exclusive or just miserly?
You spend every sentence as if it was marked currency
Come and spend some on me
Shut me up and talk to me
I'm always talking
Chicken squawking
Please talk to me

Joni Mitchell, Talk to Me

Copyright © 1976; Crazy Crow Music

"A real artist is going to like a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and it's going to take an entire life to assimilate them into something new," ... "It's not going to happen when you're young, and this is a youth-driven market. It's like painting: everybody knows, or they used to, that it takes a long time to distill all this. You don't become a master until you're in your 50s and 60s."

Joni Mitchell from an interview with the Guardian's Paul Sexton
'I came to hate music'