Both Sides Now (from the film, CODA)

As a person born with the miraculous gift of hearing, I savour the sounds of music, people and the world, every single day. Music has such power that it can elicit many moods and feelings. Each morning, I turn on my computer and speakers and listen to music while going about my morning routines. It’s one of my favourite times of the day, discovering new music and hearing old favourites while the delightful scent of coffee slowly emerges from our espresso maker.

And speaking of old favourites, today’s selection is a cover of a 1960s song. It comes from the soundtrack of CODA, a movie Sweety and I watched about a woman born into the global community of children of deaf adults, or CODAs. I was inspired to add the film to our watchlist when a dear friend from Colorado shared a video of English actor, singer and songwriter Emilia Jones (b. 2002) singing “Both Sides Now.” Canadian singer and songwriting legend Joni Mitchell (b. 1943) wrote the song, which made the charts as a single in 1968 and was included on her album Clouds (1969).

Numerous artists have covered “Both Sides Now,” including Judy Collins (b. 1939), Dion (b. 1939), Herbie Hancock (b. 1940), Paul Young (b. 1956), Willie Nelson (b. 1933), Neil Diamond (b. 1941) a duet by Josh Groban (b. 1981) and Sara Bareilles (b. 1979), and many others. Jones’s rendition is lovely and certainly belongs alongside those of her musical elders.

“Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

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

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all”

“Both Sides Now,” by Joni Mitchell.
Lyrics retrieved from AZLyrics.com.

“Both Sides Now” is one of the songs I remember very well from my childhood. It always brought out (and still evokes) a range of feelings: longing, loss, confusion, delight, and wonder.

When I started My Song of the Day for Today in January 2020, I posted daily. Then after a year and a half, I took a break and then reduced my posts to three times weekly. Today’s is my 625th and last blog entry for a while as I put the site on hiatus and focus on being outside more now that our seemingly never-ending winter seems to be giving way to a nearly-two-month-late spring (well, that is, after one more Colorado Low storm system that is set to move in to our area tonight… for those counting, that’s three of them in as many weeks!).

In today’s post, I’ve linked to previous posts that include artists I mention today. I invite you to visit (or revisit) those posts along with the many others on my blog feed. You can search in or scroll through the listing of songs on my Index of Songs/Search page, too.

Like the ending song lyrics, sometimes I feel “I really don’t know life at all” and want to spend less time on the computer and social media (I already abandoned Twitter, for the second time) and invest myself in experiencing things I’ve set aside while researching and writing about songs. (I have a massive pile of books to read, for example…) And to find a renewed sense of purpose, I’m looking for a new volunteer commitment to put my skills and experience to work contributing to my community.

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here on this journey of appreciating music and life. I hope you continue to enjoy music each day.

Here is the audio from the Republic Records YouTube channel:

Until we meet again over a song, be well and stay safe, friends.

Steve

2 thoughts on “Both Sides Now (from the film, CODA)

  1. This has always been one of my favourite Joni Mitchell songs, and this is perhaps the most beautiful cover of it that I have heard.

    I am certainly going to miss your posts but I hope you enjoy your time and have a wonderful spring and summer.

    Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, Stephen. I always enjoy your comments and reflections. Stay safe and well, and enjoy!

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