Dec 24, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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It’s taken half a century but Joni Mitchell has finally released an official video to her 1971 classic song “River.”

The song was featured on the Alberta-born singer-songwriter’s seminal album “Blue”and over the years has become a melancholy Christmas staple.

For its first-ever video, “River” has been given an animation treatment with splashes of black land on a white screen like dripping ink on a page before forming a black-and-white portrait of Mitchell looking out over a frozen mass of water.

According to a news release, the visuals are intended to capture the song’s lonesome mood while paying tribute to Mitchell’s prolific creativity as a painter.

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