“Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell (1968)

19 03 2009

Today would have been your grandmother’s 68th birthday.  I wanted to post a song that I identify strongly with her memory, and this is one of the first ones I thought of.  It wasn’t actually easy, as your grandmother really liked music and always had a small but impressive record collection.  Whenever I hear this song, whether performed by Joni Mitchell, who wrote it, or performed by Judy Collins, who had a big hit covering it in the late 1960’s, I think of your grandma.

This song is a perfect gem, a classic.  And the meaning of the song evolves with you as you mature, as you gain more of life’s wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) experience.   If you ever decide to write some of your own songs, you would do well to study Joni Mitchell’s records.

“But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day.”

Your grandma instilled in me a love for music.  Maybe I can pass that on to you, as something of a legacy.  From her to you.

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