Tuesday, December 14, 2021

impressive Joni Mitchell Cover

 Canadian-born Tami (Tamara) Neilson discovered Joni Mitchell's album 'Blue' as a teenager.  Now she's living in New Zealand.  The pandemic has kept her from visiting her family in Canada over the past 18 months. "I remember putting on the 'Blue' album and the song   'River' came on and I just immediately started sobbing because I know this song is about regret over a broken relationship.... But for me, it just became this song about homesickness and longing, and the longing was to be home." 

Here's the original from 1971. It slowly becomes a classic christmas song. With covers from people like, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt or Madeleine Peyroux. Last year young American musical star Olivia Rodrigo did a simple piano version.


vollyrocks said...

The best cover version of 'River' is by Tracey Thorn. All the others are so full of emotion, they skate right past Joni's original intention. It's like 'Hallelujah': after John Cale no one has ever bettered it.