Ahhhh, Joni….why’d you have to be so sad?
This is probably one of the saddest Christmas songs…one of the saddest songs in general…I’ve ever heard. It is also one of my all time favorites.
“It don’t snow here, it stays pretty green…I’m gonna make a lot of money and I’m gonna quit this crazy scene”.
Joni said that when she was recording this album (Blue), it devastated her…too raw and emotionally exposed…too close to the bone for her to live with. Every song on this album is like that…even the upbeat ones strike close to the heart.
Christmas is a funny season. What a joyous celebration…and we attach so much to it that for some reason, it also becomes kind of a sad time for a lot of people. I don’t know how to shield myself from any sadness…how to shield any of my loved ones from sadness…but we are vulnerable at Christmas…caught up in memories good and sad.
But…I expect a very nice Christmas…so sadness isn’t something that takes the reins these days.
Back to Joni Mitchell…if you haven’t ever heard Blue, seek it out. It was released in the early 70’s…I think (1971, to be exact)…and is an amazing, timeless piece of music. You could probably hear the album in its entirety at Grooveshark.com or Spotify.