Plaintive, reflective words, as are, “Everything comes and goes, marked by lovers and styles and clothes.” That’s the first line of the 1974 Joni Mitchell song, “Down to You,” a beautiful, soulful composition that won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) that year.
Sure, life is marked by jobs but the truer memories for me are of the people in my life, my loves and loved ones, that always include moments and memories of clothes worn or captured in fond photos. That line punctuates that truth.
But “Down to You,” is about you. “You’re a brute, you’re an angel, you can crawl, you can fly too. It’s down to you. It all comes down to you.” If you’ve never heard it, take a listen. It will leave you with lasting images: