David Crosby has covered a 41 year old song ‘Amelia’ by his friend Joni Mitchell on this new album ‘Sky Trails’.
Joni originally released ‘Amelia’ on her 1976 album ‘Hejira’. The song was a tribute to 1930’s aviator Amelia Earheart, who Joni says she identified with while making the album because of the many lonely cross country flights she made to make the album.
In 1932, Amelia Earheart became the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic.
On September 4 2016 David debuted the song live in Toronto.
The careers of Joni Mitchell and David Crosby have been entwined since the late 60s. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young covered Joni’s ‘Woodstock’ on their 1970 classic ‘Déjà vu’. David produced Joni’s debut album ‘Song To A Seagull’ in 1968. He also played on her 1974 classic ‘Court and Spark’ and last sang on 75’s ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’.
Joni has not released an album since 2007’s ‘Shine’.
David Crosby ‘Sky Trails’ is a change of direction for the veteran performance. The album has a greater jazz direction than any previous Crosby album has dared go indicating that this entire album was influenced by Joni.