Today’s song is the lovely Joni Mitchell song from 1971 in which she laments on the end of a relationship as Christmas approaches. (Cheery, I know!) River has been covered by many artists, from Ronan Keating to Lea Michele, but I think my favourite cover is by Madeleine Peyroux. I hope you enjoy my version.
One of the things I like best about my 365 Songs challenge is discovering new music, and very often discovering a song that everyone else knows but for whatever reason one that I’ve never played or even come across before. Today’s song is one of those songs. Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You is a beautiful song which was suggested by my friend and colleague Jessica who celebrated her birthday last week. On the original, Joni Mitchell plays the Appalachian dulcimer – there can’t be many pop songs which have that claim to fame! I hope you enjoy this piece.
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Today I’m playing the Joni Mitchell classic Big Yellow Taxi. She told a journalist about the origins of the song:
I wrote ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise. That’s when I sat down and wrote the song.
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