Joni Mitchell and David Crosby have known each other since the 1960s and have written a lot of music together. But only now did he say that she is still not speaking after suffering an aneurysm in March, according to FOX News.
Crosby, 73, made the comments during an interview on Friday. Mitchell, 71, was hospitalized in March after being found unconscious in her home. David was surprised that more information about Joni hasn’t been released.
A health update was posted on her website in April, saying the folk rock singer-songwriter “comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”
Joni Mitchell and David Crosby haven’t spoken to one another since the aneurysm. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician said she is still being cared for and isn’t speaking yet.
“I have not spoken with her. To my knowledge, she is not speaking yet,” he said. “She is home, she is in care, she is recovering. How that’s gonna go, we don’t know yet. She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm and nobody found her for a while and you know, she’s gonna have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury.”
Mitchell and Crosby met in the ’60s and have collaborated on music together. Joni is known for hits such as “Help Me,” “Woodstock and “Free Man in Paris,” and David is known for his song-writing hits with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
“We became fairly fast friends, you might say,” Crosby said in 1997. “I was extremely fascinated with the quality of the music and the quality of the girl. She was such an unusual, passionate and powerful woman. I was fascinated by her tunings because I had started working in tunings, and I was writing things like ‘Guinevere.’ So things like that made me very, very attracted to her.”
“We used to play songs to each other all the time,” David added. “But I think she just outgrew me.”
Crosby said Mitchell is “probably the greatest living singer-songwriter,” adding that it’s either her or Bob Dylan. “I think we’re all holding our breath and thinking a good thought, you know, hoping that it’s gonna turn out OK,” David said.
Mitchell is still recuperating and expected to make a full recovery. Joni has worried friends and family about how much of her health will come back and when.
“She’s a tough girl and very smart,” Crosby said. “So how much is gonna come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not gonna guess. I love her. She was my old lady at one point,” David added.
Joni Mitchell and David Crosby dated in 1967 when the former was still a member of the Byrds and the latter was just getting started as one of her generation’s most respected songwriters.