Clouds resting over the West Philippine Sea like a cotton canopy (South China Sea to some), Philippine territory, shot by Myra Lambino three days ago — who says this isn’t worth fighting for?
My Inaugural Playlist
Now playing: Both Sides Now (Clouds) by Joni Mitchell
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Background of the song as documented by various news reports, anthologized in songfacts.com: From the songwriter herself: ” “I was reading Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King on a plane and early in the book Henderson the Rain King is also up in a plane. He’s on his way to Africa and he looks down and sees these clouds. I put down the book, looked out the window and saw clouds too, and I immediately started writing the song. I had no idea that the song would become as popular as it did.”
“Joni Mitchell had been through a very difficult time when she wrote this song’s lyric. In 1965, she gave birth to a baby girl, but struggled as a single mom (the father was an old boyfriend who left soon after Mitchell got pregnant). She married a musician named Chuck Mitchell that year, but soon after the marriage, gave up the child for adoption. Soon, her marriage was on the rocks and in 1967 they split up.
“This won the 1968 Grammy for Best Folk Performance.
“This is Joni Mitchell’s most-covered song; with over 1000 versions recorded, it could be considered a standard. Some of the luminaries to record it include Frank Sinatra (on his 1968 album Cycles), Bing Crosby, and Ronan Keating.”