I started watching a really good 2019 (82-minute) documentary last night, called, “Echo in the Canyon: the birth of the California sound.” Jakob Dylan (Bob’s son) is at the helm as he travels, sings, and interviews individuals who were part of the musical mecca and alchemical stew that was Laurel Canyon at the time of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, John Sebastian, Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas. Also in the mix were those who influenced, and were influenced by, them at the time like Eric Clapton and The Beatles. There are an amazing number of musical icons being interviewed in this documentary. There are also many clips of the original artists performing back in the day.
I have to hand it to Jakob, as he takes it a step farther. He gathers young musicians together and records and performs some of the old songs from those times, both in the studio and live. It’s a fun mish-mash of it all.
One person who is glaringly absent from the documentary (maybe she will show up later?) is Joni Mitchell. She isn’t mentioned, no clips, nothing. I wonder if she refused to participate or allow herself to be in it? I would like to find out and will update if I do.
That said, The Lady of Laurel Canyon, Miss Joni Mitchell, will be my musician of choice for today’s song, with none other than Ladies of the Canyon. I posted on this song back in February, for Song Lyric Sunday and so will just link to it here
Bonus videos are of Dotty playing and my new little pet, Sunflower.