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By Tom Quiner

“Both Sides Now” is one of Joni Mitchell’s best-known songs.

It appeared on her 1967 album, Clouds. Rolling Stones put together a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and ranked it #171.

Ms. Mitchell’s original version was pretty barebones, dominated by her vocals and acoustic guitar. However, in 2000 she recorded another version at the Hammerstein ballroom with a 70 piece orchestra. Baby Boomers will appreciate her remake and the way the song, like Ms. Mitchell’s voice, has aged so beautifully like a fine wine.

Our dumbed down culture Reply


I don’t listen to a whole lot of contemporary music these days.

The songs aren’t well-written. They frequently present values at odds with mine. And they’re over-produced, perhaps to mask the fact that they’re not well-written.

Gordon Goodwin weighed in on the subject on his Facebook page following the recent Grammy Awards. I don’t know much about Mr. Goodwin, other than he is himself an accomplished musician who has won Grammy and Emmy Awards.

Here is his take: More…