"Joni Mitchell I met on the telephone for the first time. I didn’t know who she was, she was working in the Village and Tom Rush had taken a shine to her, so consequently everybody in the Village knew “Circle Game,” because he’d recorded it and loved it and was always talking about her. But I hadn’t met her, didn’t know anything about her, so when she sang this song to me in the middle of the night on the phone, I was just entranced. I said, "I’ll be right over, I have to sing it."
"Then, of course, we got together socially and she would sing me all these songs and I was just, oh, man, I was over the moon. All of them I wanted to record! It took me 40 years to record "That Song About The Midway" and “Chelsea Morning” I recorded I think in 1970. In a sense, it’s the same relationship I have with Leonard Cohen’s music. I just think practically everything he wrote is without comparison. It just reaches a level that’s so high. And I think that about Joni. Her writing is transformational. That’s the most important aspect of my relationship with Joni Mitchell, right there."