On the back of a cartoon coaster — in the blue TV screen light — I drew a map of Canada (Oh Canada!), with your face sketched on it twice. [Blue.]
The Blue album, there’s hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world, and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either.
– Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stone, 1979.