Joni Mitchell Releases Video For People Who Are Lonely During Holidays
Not all Christmas songs have to be merry. Just recently, acclaimed singer Joni Mitchell has debuted the first official music video for her song “River”. It’s her holiday treat and contribution to the Christmas songbook, taken from her landmark 1971 album Blue.
“‘River’ expresses regret at the end of a relationship…but it’s also about being lonely at Christmas time… A Christmas song for people who are lonely at Christmas! We need a song like that.”
Mitchell was recently honored at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors with a lifetime-achievement award, where various artists paid tribute with covers of some of her most beloved songs and of them are Brandi Carlile who sang “River”. That song “redefined the way people look at Christmas music,” Carlile said at her Carnegie concert and added, “There needed to be a song that embraces the sorrow of Christmas.”
Even President Joe Biden is amazed by the musical genius,
“Joni, your words and melodies touch the deepest parts of our soul,”
he said in his Kennedy Center remarks on December 5 that was broadcast on CBS.
“Her gift — she touches the range of human nature and the sense of struggle and how we overcome and how we love.”
Mitchell will be recognized next month by the Recording Academy as its 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year at a ceremony that takes place on January 29 and includes appearances from Carlile, Graham Nash, James Taylor, Jon Baptiste, Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, Mickey Guyton and many more.
Watch the video below.