Joni Mitchell’s melancholy Christmas song gets the exquisite video it deserves
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Joni Mitchell’s “River,” a 50-year-old Christmas song about lost love, finally has an official video to accompany it. (Watch it below.)
And the folk-pop legend sounds like she couldn’t be happier.
“River expresses regret at the end of a relationship… but it’s also about being alone at Christmas, ”Mitchell said in a statement at the end of the lively job, which was posted on his YouTube channel Thursday. “A Christmas song for people alone at Christmas!” We need a song like this.
Mitchell sings plaintively of wanting a river she “could skate on” reflected in Skazka Studios’ black-and-white animation of a lone figure sliding across frozen water.
The watercolor style captures the song’s “lonely mood while paying homage to Mitchell’s prolific creativity as a painter,” according to his website.
“River” appeared on Mitchell’s “Blue” album in 1971.
The video is a wistful ride, but it’s worth it.
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