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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:35 PM
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It's comin' on Christmas...
Edited on Sun Dec-21-08 07:00 PM by Old Crusoe

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"It's comin' on Christmas
They're cuttin' down trees
They're puttin' up reindeer
Singin' songs of joy and peace

O I wish I had a river
I could skate away on..."

Joni Mitchell. "River"

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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:41 PM
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1. Thanks OC, for that.
It's not well known as a Christmas song but I adore it. James Taylor does awesome version on his Christmas album. :hugs: :hugs:
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:44 PM
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4. I knew Taylor is doing guitar on Joni's original but have yet to hear his
own recording.

It's a fine composition.

I note your Bears insignia and want to wish them all the best tomorrow against Green Bay.

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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:42 PM
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2. Sounds like a porn movie title.....
:hide:


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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:47 PM
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5. now marmar, don't make me call the Mayor.
The mayor I mean is the mayor of Thalia, Texas, in Larry McMurty'rs novel THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.

Two young folks, Dwayne and Sonny, are fighting like cats and dogs on December 24th as the town gathers for its holiday party.

The boys are fighting over the affections of a girl.

Noting the dust-up, the mayor steps over and tells them, "Now you boys cut this shit out. It's CHRISTMAS!"
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:51 PM
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8. LOL......
:P
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:42 PM
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3. I love that song
thanks, Old Crusoe.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:48 PM
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6. Hey there, FLDem5.
That song spoke to me early and deep and I've never forgotten it. Actually that whole album is "in my blood like holy wine," to rip off another of its tunes.

Hope you're well down your way.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:52 PM
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9. I'm well, thanks
tough getting into the holiday spirit. Just lost my best friend a little over a week ago to cancer. Its been sad.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:54 PM
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14. I'm sorry. That can make it very hard. I'm all out of miracle
solutions, but maybe you can pick a day off and slip over to the beach. I know it's The Season down there, but the Gulf can be so restorative.


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Carolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:50 PM
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7. Love that song and
all the memories it evokes.

Thanks!
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:52 PM
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10. Hi, Carolina. It's one of those compositions that is already
splendid as it is but which gets even better when Mitchell steps up to the mike.

The woman is no slouch.
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:53 PM
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11. Love Joni! Linda Ronstadt also does a great version of that song. n/t
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:55 PM
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15. Well now damn, I haven't heard hers either. Where the hell have
I been, anyway?

tilsammans, thank you for that heads up. I've got some listening ahead of me.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:53 PM
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12. But it don't snow here, it stays pretty green.
Edited on Sun Dec-21-08 07:18 PM by sfexpat2000
I'm gonna make --

(This song could NOT have been written right now. lol)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:58 PM
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LOL! True. Sad and true both.
I am still emotionally upended by the way Mitchell wrote and performed that album.

If anybody is a cosmic shape-shifter in this universe, it has to be Joni Mitchell.


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:07 PM
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18. I love Blue but am more of a For the Roses person.
It was a little more abstracted and overthought and thorny, just like I like things.

lol

:hi:



On your mark red ribbon runner
The caressing rev of motors
Finely tuned like fancy women
In thirties evening gowns
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:24 PM
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22. Hearing both those recordings, I felt like I had stumbled into the
Lost Boys' underground treehouse. Tink and the lads had the coolest stuff lying around, too.

Well, not one to squander an opportunity like that, I did the dishes and ran the sweeper, and when they finally came back from the Pirate adventure, they said I could stay.

And that's where I've been ever since.

FOR THE ROSES is a marvel, too. Agree with you that it's different in tone.

I especially like "...but it passes like the summer / I'm a wild seed again / Let the wind carry me."

Holy god how does she do that?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:44 PM
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24. I don't know that people do poetry. It's more like being available to be rented by it.
Or, it's like being a radio. :)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 09:16 PM
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26. If your head says forget it / but your heart's still smokin' /
Call me at the station / the lines are open.


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give-me-liberty Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:53 PM
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13. pretty much sums up how most of us feel...
great post... old crusoe
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:58 PM
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16. I'll give this a rec and a kick
It's a nice little space to click into as DUers take up the fiddle and the drum and march against each other.

Merry Christmas and all that, OC.

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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 06:59 PM
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17. Yeah, right, JeffR, like you know anything about this album. O wait.
Merry Christmas and all that right back to ya, good person.


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:11 PM
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19. "The last time I saw JeffR was GDP in 08, he told me
all DUers meet the same fate, some day
cynical and drunk and
boring someone in their favorite way"

:rofl:
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:20 PM
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20. sfexpat2000, you rock the house.
Drink up now, it's getting on time to close.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:21 PM
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21. Or just "Light up, light up!"
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:25 PM
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23. Is that from "Night in the City?"
She did a great job on that album, but that producer, that David Crosby guy -- he'll never amount to much, that's for sure.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:34 PM
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25. Are you just checking out your mojo
Edited on Sun Dec-21-08 08:36 PM by btmlndfrmr
Or am I just fighting off growing old
(just a high fever)
All I ever wanted
Was just to come in from the cold


Evenin' and cold it it is tonight.



Herbie Hancock feat. Joni Mitchell-"River"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3yYtciRkGs&feature=rela...




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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 09:17 PM
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27. Thank you for that link. Some mighty fine stuff indeed.
NIGHT RIDE HOME ought to have done better than it did commercially -- it's awfully good. I really do like it note for note.


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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 10:30 PM
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28. Thanks, OC...
That's one of the two Christmas songs that I can say I still enjoy after all these years. The other is "So This is Christmas," John Lennon. As for the rest of them - bah, humbug.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-08 08:35 AM
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29. Yep. This tme of year you can't walk into a drug store or a
Edited on Mon Dec-22-08 08:36 AM by Old Crusoe
grocery store without getting bombarded with notably lousy holiday music.

Once in a while a good one slips in there, but most of them are pretty lame.

:hi:

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