RIP Viola Wills (1939—2009)

“If You Could Read My Mind” (1980) by Viola Wills

Viola Wills was an American singer best known for her version of “If You Could Read My Mind” (1980).

The version by Miss Wills came out when I was fifteen. Little did I know the song was by Gordon Lightfoot and its theme was divorce*, although my parents were going through a particularly nasty end of marriage, I just loved the song.

*Powerful cinematic divorce allegories include The Brood (1979) and Possession (1981).