Yesterday was Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday. So by rights we should have featured this song then, but unfortunately it only came across our radar last night when the blog had been put to bed. But really it doesn’t matter, because despite the way that music blogging appears to sometimes work, with one artist / song / album quickly being discarded for the latest shiniest new thing, the best music isn’t just about one day, it’s about a lifetime, and Joni’s song River, is not only one of her most famous, but also a piece of work that has stood the test of time. So the fact we're a day overdue here means absolutely nothing.
When Berkshire lass Haze (you may remember her from our write up of Are You Listening Festival in April) fired this one across to us there was a sense of uneasy trepidation; covering a classic tune can be fraught with peril. Thankfully we needn’t have worried. Haze’s version is full of everything that makes music perfect. Just listen and be consumed.
If we were a record label, we’d sign this up asap, rush release it for December and bag ourselves a Christmas number 1. But we don’t have to worry about that because it’s only bloody free to download, isn’t it?
Haze - River