Your Weekly, Sunday Interlude: “River” (It’s Comin’ on Christmas)

Remember “The Wonder Years?” That show introduced me to some great songs from the 1960s. This is one of them; Joni Mitchell’s “River,” or as many of you may know it, It’s Comin’ on Christmas. Its lyrics are of love lost, but it speaks to the sadness that can often surround holidays, with any love gone from our lives and the bitter-sweet, accompanying memories. And the beauty of the words, tempo and melody gives one pause, something most holiday songs do not. So it’s a great Sunday interlude for this time of year.

Like me, some of you may share a new, certain sorrow this December. I haven’t been able to wake these past several weeks without first thinking of the dread looming in D.C. This song may comfort that feeling, too. Happy Sunday.

Your Weekly, Sunday Interlude: “Down to You”

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: