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Joni Mitchell Is Making Progress, Friend Judy Collins Says

10/16/2015 10:42 EDT | Updated 10/28/2015 10:59 EDT
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LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14: Joni Mitchell performs live on stage at Wembley Stadium, London on 14th September 1974. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Joni Mitchell is "making good progress" as she recovers from an aneurysm, a longtime friend said on Facebook Thursday.

Judy Collins, a singer/songwriter whose rendition of Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" has been entered in the Grammy Hall of Fame, said via her page that a mutual friend told her the Canadian music legend is "walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day."

Here's her Facebook post:

NEWS ON JONI --I have just heard from a close mutual friend that Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much...

Posted by Judy Collins on Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Collins' update was also posted on JoniMitchell.com. The editors of that site implored visitors to post get-well messages at WeLoveYouJoni.com.

Mitchell was taken to hospital in March after having an aneurysm.

In June, her conservator Leslie Morris said she was "speaking well" but not yet walking, though she said she would be in the "near future."

"She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day," she added.

Collins is a longtime musician who came up with others in a community of folk artists in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

Her website credits her with bringing a number of artists, including Mitchell and fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen, to broader public attention.

In her Facebook post, she included photos of herself, Mitchell, David Crosby and Graham Nash in a Los Angeles studio in 1969.

"Love love love her, since the first time I heard her sing 'Both Sides Now' to me, on the phone, in the middle of the night...

"I love Joni and her songs, and have been passionate about them since that night."

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