20 Sep Joni Mitchell: Fearless Self-Shaper
It is poignant that Joni Mitchell—a person whose artist within transforms continually—has moved through many stages:from folk, to pop, to jazz, and now to her most mature expression of soul. At this juncture in her journey, Joni returns to certain songs written in her youth, but lifts them into a luminous atmosphere that is all new.
One of her finest pieces is the perennial gem, “Both Sides Now,” replete with full orchestra and the haunting voice of a woman who has loved and lost many times over, yet who can still woo any soul on the path of love with her ageless magic.
Becoming a self sometimes involves finding and polishing a jewel you have had from the beginning, and just misplaced somewhere. Everyone has at least one in their keeping. You must go now, look, and find it again. There is still time.
Joni Mitchell: “Both Sides Now”
Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way.
But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone.
So many things I would have done but clouds got in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall. I really don’t know clouds at all.
Moons and junes and ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way that you feel
As every fairy tale comes real; I’ve looked at love that way.
Oh but now it’s just another show, you leave ’em laughing when you go.
And if you care, don’t let them know, don’t give yourself away.
I’ve looked at love from both sides now,
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall.
I really don’t know love at all.
Tears and fears and feeling proud to say “I love you” right out loud,
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds, I’ve looked at life that way.
But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads,and they tell me that I’ve changed.
Something’s lost but something’s gained in living every day.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall.
I really don’t know life at all.
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