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
Last posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half in July last year, it seemed to be a good time to revisit one of my favourite photos, which was inspired by Joni Mitchell’s wonderful voice and poetry, for this week’s photo challenge from Krista who asks us to “Share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story.”Joni Mitchell wrote “Both Sides, Now” in March 1967, inspired by a passage in Henderson the Rain King, a 1959 novel by Saul Bellow. (Wikipedia)
I was reading Saul Bellow’s “Henderson the Rain King” on a plane and early in the book Henderson the Rain King is also up in a plane. He’s on his way to Africa and he looks down and sees these clouds. I put down the book, looked out the window and saw clouds too, and I immediately started writing the song. I had no idea that the song would become as popular as it did. Joni Mitchell.Enjoy the unforgettable voice of Joni Mitchell singing one of her greatest songs once again.