Conversation - Teeny Lieberson on Joni Mitchell

Photography: Harry Israelson

Photography: Harry Israelson

I had a conversation with Teeny Lieberson of the band Teen about Joni Mitchell. Listen Below

I was introduced to Joni Mitchell’s music by a friend who put the song “A Case Of You” from the album Blue on a mixtape she made for me. I fell in love with the song, later buying Blue and loving all of the other songs on the album. Blue led me to other albums in Joni’s ‘60s and ‘70s eras. As I listened to the music, I wish I had been one of the lucky few who got to see her during her live performance years. 

I got the next best thing when I attended an event in 2015 that was a tribute to Joni Mitchell. The event featured an array of New York City musicians who covered different eras of Joni’s catalog and made the songs their own. I enjoyed the event and was happy to attend a second tribute event in 2018.

I was curious to talk to the people behind the event — that led me to Teeny Lieberson of the Brooklyn band, Teen, who with Rachel Pazdan of the event series The Hum, collaborated on both events. Teeny curated and directed the music for the events. I talked with Teeny about the events, her earliest Joni Mitchell Memories, why listening to Joni is a personal experience, and other topics on an artist that we’re both big fans of. 

Teen has a new a album entitled Good Fruit that will be released on March 1, 2019.

Quick hits with Teeny:
Favorite Song: Hejira 
Favorite Album: Night Ride Home
Misunderstood Album: Mingus
Favorite Era: 90’s 
Song that makes her happy: Help Me
Song that makes her emotional in a good way: Hejira 
What album would you tell someone to start with if they never heard Joni: Hejira and Blue 
Favorite Line that Stays with Her:  From Hejira….
I know, no one's going to show me everything
We all come and go unknown
Each so deep and superficial
Between the forceps and the stone
Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality, to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality

Correction: Joni Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta and raised Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. During the conversation it was stated that she was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Alberta.