I spent some time in Los Angeles this past week for work, and while driving around there in the warm palm tree haze I kept thinking about Joni Mitchell's album Bluewhich was written and recorded in L.A. in 1971. God, what a wonderful record.
In re-listening certain songs from Blue these past few days, I found on YouTube this rendition of River by James Taylor, which was performed back in 2001 at some concert honoring Joni. Turns out he actually played the guitar in A Case Of You, among other songs.
Anyway, I liked when James sang this line from River at around 0:50 in the video (he changed the words a bit):
"I'm going to make a lot of money, and then I'm going to quit this crazy scene."
Joni had written that 30 years ago as an earnest young folk singer spending her first seemingly soulless Christmas in Southern California. It looked to me like James sang this part with a bit of a wink to her, as it's pretty clear that neither of them managed to quit the scene after all, despite their youthful intentions.
What I want to know is: Why? Is it that what people think would be "enough money" to quit the scene is never enough once they get it -- they always need more? Or is it that it turns out the scene is really what they love after all?
This is a beautiful track
I remember Robert Downey, Jr. once sang this on Ally McBeal. Assuming that was actually his voice, he did an amazing job. Worth Googling; I'm sure it's out there.