Raw, adjective: 9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.

Ten days till Christmas, and there's only one song I wanna hear, over and over, but especially for savasana. Sara Bareilles covers Joni Mitchell's 1971 classic, River, and her live version, heavy on the piano, simply kills. There's something about melancholy music that suits the holidays; here in the midst of the shortest days of the year, so dense with darkness and cold, the somber sorrow feels honest. And, grounded in that sorrow, a space for joy opens up.

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
Then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly

Sara Bareilles ~ River (Live) (YouTube)


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