Both Sides

Sharyl Hudson Blog

It’s the end of September…Shakespeare once said of September “That time of year when yellow leaves, or none or few do hang …upon the boughs which shake against the cold…bare..ruined choirs…where late the sweet birds sang…” Many would say that we are on “both sides now” …of the virus that tragically claimed the lives of many this summer. We have made it to September… Covid is behind us…and yet ironically it is also ahead of us.

We are COVID weary…many of us are desperate for some good news and yet, along the horizon looms… (it may look like more of a Tsunami) a second wave…

During times like these we look to the Artists to soothe our tired souls…so I am simply going to send you a link to the most amazing, and newest version of Both Sides Now (originally written by Joni Mitchell)…re-invented by Lori Cullen, a Canadian jazz artist (Juno award winner) originally from Mississauga…The song was written at the height of COVID..She confesses “I don’t feel well. Everything has changed too fast. All my paid work is gone. I have to teach my child and I am failing. I’m worried about money. I’m worried about everything and everybody.”

So she did something to “remind herself of who she is.” LORI CULLEN – BOTH SIDES NOW…(have a listen…on You Tube)

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Rows and rows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air, feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone, so many things I would have done…but clouds got in my way
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down and still somehow,
It’s clouds illusions I recall…I really don’t know clouds…at all.

Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels, the dizzy, dancing way you feel, as every fairy tale comes real, I’ve looked at love that way
But now it’s just another show, you leave them laughing when you go, and if you care..don’t let them know, don’t give yourself away..
I’ve looked at love from both sides now, from give and take and still somehow, it’s love’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know love…at all.

Tears and fears and feeling proud, to say “I love you” right out loud, dreams and schemes and circus crowds, I’ve looked at life that way
But now old friends ..they’re acting strange….they shake their heads, they say I’ve changed, well something’s lost and something’s gained..in living every day
I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow, it’s life’s illusions I recall…I really don’t know life…at all….

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