Saturday, May 23, 2009

Both sides now

I dreamed down at the clouds, and thought that when I was a kid I had dreamed up at them, and having dreamed at the clouds from both sides as no other generation of men had done, one should be able to accept his death very easily. However, we made safe landings every time ... I kept thinking, 'Bountiful life! Oh, how bountiful life is!'
Joni Mitchell's song Both Sides, Now was inspired by that passage from Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King. The evocative late 1960s photo of Joni is by Bill Smith, who has has wonderful pictures of many jazz musicians on his website. And Joni's own images of herself are here.

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