Music: An Evening Spent at Joni's

In the course of reporting and writing about Joni Mitchell, TIME Correspondent David DeVoss received a dinner invitation from her. His report:

"Dinner's not done yet," smiles Joni, as the sweet-and-sour aromas of cooking drift through the open door, "but come back to the kitchen anyway. It's the best room in the house." Walking past packing boxes, a Tahitian rhythm drum and half a dozen guitars splayed next to a piano, Joni pirouettes proudly. "Isn't this a great old place? It was built in 1929. Look, it even has a hidden bathroom" (behind a wooden panel in the corridor wall).

The kitchen is...

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