Both sides now…

Wall Centre

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Joni Mitchell 1967

I took this photo with my iPhone a few weeks ago looking up at the Wall Centre here in Vancouver. The words of Joni Mitchell’s song, Both Sides Now from her album Clouds, instantly came to my mind and a moment of warm reverie came over me as I looked up at the clouds and rememberedย hearing her voice for the first time in 1969. ย I was driving myย old yellow Triumph TR2 down the Old Kent Road in London, and as she started singing on the car radio I had to pull over to listen to the rest of the song, a magical moment frozen in time and one which has remained with me ever since.

Ben’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half has given me the perfect opportunity to share the photo and to listen to the unforgettable voice of Joni Mitchell singing one of her greatest songs once again. Thanks Ben


  1. I love, love, love that song! It comes to mind every time I see spectacular clouds like the ones in your photo. Back in February, on my “other” blog (my random catchall blog), I wrote something for The Daily Post’s Writing 201 about it. I embedded a video of a more recent version of her performing it. It blows the original out of the water. Here’s the link.

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      1. Thanks so much Amy for the link. Both versions are pretty wonderful. The one I posted was the one I heard in 1969. I loved the purity of it and being able to hear just her voice and her guitar. Best wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Lovely capture Andrew! There is no memory quite as strong as a sensory memory. Somehow I can just see you pulling over to hear the song and capture the moment. LOVE times like that!! Thanks for sharing the moment ๐Ÿ˜„

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