Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Joni Mitchell Debuts the First Ever Video for Her Famous Christmas Song, “River,” Following Kennedy Center Tribute

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Last night Joni Mitchell was one of the five Kennedy Center honorees, wrapping up a year of celebrations for the beloved singer songwriter. This year has also been the 50th anniversary of her album, “Blue.” Last night Brandi Carlile sang “River,” Joni’s famous “it’s coming on Christmas” song” on the show.

This morning there’s a video for “River” for the first time ever. Director Matvey Rezanov and Shazka Studios use animated watercolor painting to capture the song’s lonesome mood while paying tribute to Mitchell’s prolific creativity as a painter. Well done! The video is in conjunction with two box sets from Rhino of Joni’s archived live performances, a must have collection.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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