Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Yes, I stole yesterday's song from the heartbreaking last episode of Parenthood.

Or maybe it was only heartbreaking for me, watching someone go down the road you know they shouldn't go down, but knowing exactly why they are damnit.

I'm not sure you can call yourself Canadian if you don't know Joni Mitchell.

Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young. They wrote the soul of this country when it needed it to be written and what poets, what poetry, what perfect brokenness.

So when I heard the beautiful cover of Joni's song, I searched to find who'd covered it and it became part of my new favourites list instantly.

Parenthood's on that list too, along with a few other tv shows I enjoy. Shows where I root for and struggle with the characters, and I've written before about how Parenthood has the ability to make me wish I had something...maybe all good writing does that, or maybe that's just how I react to good writing, I don't know.

But when a good tv show uses great music, it's such a powerful combination, and as someone who is most often introduced to new music and new artists through tv shows, I'm grateful that that song came my way.

And at just the right time too.

Funny how that works.


Solitary Diner (Also Known as The Frugalish Physician) said...

Love this post. I just discovered Parenthood at the beginning of the current season, and I have to agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. I actually look forward to Tuesday nights so that I can watch it. (Yep, that's how exciting my life is these days.)

Victoria said...

Oh, see, I like to save it up for the weekend! :D

Jonathan said...

One of the biggest things I took away from "Love Actually" was the Joni Mitchell song "Both Sides Now".

Comparing it against the original is amazing - the version she recorded while young is fast, upbeat, and optimistic... the later version is slower, almost regretful. It's amazing...

Just Sayin... said...

Love love love this post.

p.s. I'd add Katie Lang doing a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Beautiful.

Hugs xo

Victoria said...

It's a wonderful version Jonathan! (And I love that movie)

Thanks JS :) And yes, that's a great version too!