I wrote the song Joanna in 1984 for my niece. I wanted to write something jolly and uplifting – which is why it has a Latin feel. In my naivety I wanted to write lyrics that provided some guidance for a child growing into an often difficult and perplexing world. I wanted the song to be optimistic and encouraging – to live this wonderful life that we are blessed with to the full.
When I talked to Jo recently she said that she wished the original version was on Spotify so that she could hear it…. Well, here is the original recording – never publicly released before. It’s a bit rough and ready, but I think it captures the spirit that I was after.
The previous release of this track was a solo piano version, on the album The Journey We All Make. Here are both versions: