If I hear "river" by Joni at a certain time and when I'm in a particular frame of mind ( not too often) my eyes just water up >
One of the stories that I read about her was that her first manager was blown away by how many songs she had that were written and ready to go at such a young age. I don't think " Big Yellow Taxi" her finest work, but if she wrote it when she was seventeen.... Don't I ( and you) wish we had one like that in the bin at such a young age. a lot of stuff on her early albums is hard to listen to now because I got old....
A singer who could sing was Nat Cole, with whatever he touched, jazz, blues, pop, Christmas, even gospel.