“I Wish I Had a River…” I Could Skate Away
Joni Mitchell’s Wonderful Song, Sung by Martin Tielli, Featuring Hugh Marsh, with Members of the Rheostatics
By Joe Bodolai (c) 2010, All rights reserved
Being in the States, even though I was born here, makes me miss Canada. It’s my spiritual home. It does make me feel a strong yearning for peace and serenity in the world and in myself. I wish the same for all those of you I know or whose paths have crossed with mine in some way over the years. The video below seems to capture some of my feelings even though they are in someone else’s words with someone else’s voice. The song is “The River”, by Joni Mitchell. This remarkable live performance of it is sung by Martin Tielli, accompanied by violinist Hugh Marsh and members of The Rheostatics, from my series Friday Night! on CBC Television. This live-to-air performance is full of the emotional nostalgic moments and wishes that I feel, and perhaps so do you. Please enjoy the gift these artists shared with me.