River

This is basically a musical stream of consciousness which explains how I am enjoying this one particular Joni Mitchell song so much right now.

I was at the bookstore last week and noticed the James Taylor at Christmas cd. Now that is right up my alley, it's "Dad" music along with Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell. All of these musicians do something to my soul and it's intricately tied to my memories of my dad.

So I go to iTunes one night this week and download a few of his songs. I'm reading reviews and everyone is raving about his rendition of Joni Mitchell's song "River." And bemoaning that you can't just download that one song, you have to buy the album.

Oh hell, I think, I'll just get the original. I couldnt't remember it off the top of my head but there it is on one of my favorite albums of hers, Blue. I remember it instantly and buy it.

Then I think, I've been meaning to get on here and buy some of Sarah McLachlan's new songs. And lo & behold she has also covered "River" on her new holiday cd Wintersong.

So I have all these songs downloaded. Jaden is napping and I think, ah, now is the perfect time to listen to them properly.

Except for the whining puppy, that is.

But nothing can top these women and their beautiful, soulful voices and they make me feel like me again when lately, I've mostly been feeeling like some evil version of myself, all full of anxiety and anger and frustration. And where did my smile go? Well it's here in my heart and thanks to lovely Joni & Sarah, it's trying to come out again.

Here are the lyrics. Now go to iTunes and hear it for yourself.

River

It's coming on christmas
Theyre cutting down trees
Theyre putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it dont snow here
It stays pretty green
Im going to make a lot of money
Then Im going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
Im so hard to handle
Im selfish and Im sad
Now Ive gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

It's coming on christmas
Theyre cutting down trees
Theyre putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on