Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the countdown.
(Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Today’s song is a cover version that was introduced to me several years ago by one of my loyal readers and I have been enamored with it ever since. Joni Mitchell’s original, released 50 years ago on her acclaimed album Blue, is lovely as are several of the other covers I have heard by Linda Ronstadt, Sarah McLachlan and James Taylor, to name a few. But actor Robert Downey Jr.’s version is as my reader described “hauntingly beautiful”. With all due respect to Mitchell, I do not believe a better version of this song exists than his.
“It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace“.
Robert Downey Jr. circa 2000. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Robert Downey Jr.: “River” (2000, written by Joni Mitchell).
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!