Words by Elizabeth Cuomo

Today’s daily break is dedicated to Joni Mitchell, an absolute goddess, as she celebrates her 75th birthday.

Watch this clip of Mitchell’s BBC performance of “California” circa 1970, an artist so uniquely enchanting that even Johnny Cash is left with a warm and fuzzy feeling as she shreds on the dulcimer, a twinkle in her eye.

Do yourself a favor. For four simple minutes, forget about the minutiae of today, and descend into the glow that is Joni Mitchell. The simplicity of this performance, her hippie mysticism, her pretty hair. How can one woman sing such high notes and still smoke so many cigarettes? That’s the power of peace and love, baby.