We had a beautiful, early snowfall this year. The temperatures dropped way down and everything turned to an icy wonderland. I’m a warm weather person and love the sun, but sometimes winter seems like a safe, healing rest; a quiet blanket of solace that covers the landscape. I know it can also be unforgiving, but this is how I look at it when it first snows and is clean and new, so I jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of it at this time of year and do a holiday song. What better Christmas song than Joni Mitchell’s The River? I wanted to make the image look the way the song makes me feel when I listen to it. Since the woman in the song lives in a warm climate, I picture her imagining herself in the snow with her skates, ready to skate away. I think we all sometimes just wish we had a river to skate away on.
There are so many good covers of Joni’s song, and since I love covers, I had a hard time deciding on which link to post for this one. Herbie Hancock performs with Joni singing, while one of his band members plays a gorgeous clarinet solo. Tori Amos also does an awesome cover recorded live in Paris. The list goes on…but in the end, I decided to post the original. It is Joni in 1970. She sounds so young and the song is so new – like winter snow. Thanks Joni, for such a beautiful song!