the Buzz for September 23rd, 2011


Joni Mitchell — “Amelia” (from Hejira) — Amelia - Hejira

Outwardly, at least, this one has nothing to do with ABC’s classic soap All My Children, to which we are forced to bid farewell today after a run of nearly forty-two years and some 10,700 episodes. But Joni nonetheless perfectly captures here the exact kind of mood that I, as a soap fan since I was in diapers (thanks, Mom!), am in as I type these words: my heart is inescapably heavy today with a sense of futility, with a mourning for opportunities either missed or lost entirely, with a sadness strong enough to stop time. (If only it was strong enough to turn back time, alas.)