Joni Mitchell’s River

July 18th, 2007 — 1:00pm

Tomorrow I take my first piano lesson in 35 years. My boys have been studying piano for the past few months with the incomparably wonderful Max Cowan, and I decided, why should they have all the fun? I’ve been playing guitar since I’m ten, but the truth is, I’m a singer, and not much of a guitar player.

I was recently listening to Joni Mitchell’s “River,” and fell in love all over again with her wild suspended chords — magnificent and lush, full of hope and loss —  just like life. They get me where I live.
For a beautiful version, here’s a link to Alison Crowe on YouTube, performing it live:

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