December 31, 1943 the world was blessed with the birth of a man, musician, philosopher, songwriter, actor, humanitarian and
For those of us who 'grew up' with John, his 300 songs of which 200 he composed? I believe those songs 'set us apart' forever as people who
believed in 'more' because he told us we could 'be more'. That he was born in Roswell, New Mexico has perked more than a little interest as his
songs were so, out of this world. (Ok, I made that whole last part up - but he many of his tunes were 'otherworldly').
An introvert, a man who always felt he 'belonged somewhere else', a self proclaimed 'misfit'? John brought those of us who 'listened' a
treasure trove of acceptance and belonging. For a moment, with his music, we didn't feel so outcast, and alone.
I could post 200 of those songs I know, but most of the younger crowd would only recognize them from elevators music and doctors waiting rooms.
For me, and in a tribute to John, I'll post the tune I believe - he believed in - more than any other.
I'll post the 'tune' that 'raised me' from a young girl, into a woman who's never forgotten the 'Fire and the Wings' that will fly me home.
They say John was a drunk. That he shouldn't have been flying when he failed to switch fuel tanks during the flight he
ultimately died in.
I'm not here to talk about his death, but to celebrate his life.
Happy Birthday John. You'd of been 76 today and I have no doubt you'd of been singing here on earth today, if you'd not have left us, just as
you're singing now in heaven.
My biggest John Denver memory is actually more a memory of my elementary school music teacher Mrs. Willis. She used to pull out her guitar and we'd
all sing along to this one.
She was a fantastic music teacher and she directed the select choir that was admission through audition only. I made it in, and that choir sang at
Disney World while I was part of it. It sang at the New Orleans World's Fair just before my time when the older brother of my friend across the street
was on it. It was a good choir. She also directed the choir at my church. I did triple duty -- every school musical program, select choir, and church
choir -- for three years.
By the time I was done with all that, I was burned out of singing and never sang again.
John was a great folk singer-song writer and as popular as he was in the States, he was really big in Europe.
So sad his death and like so many musical artists that have passed away, I had intended on getting a copy of his music just before he died. So many
times I have not made the purchase because I didn't want to jump on the dead artist band wagon when the great ones pass away.
I believe that the best music is behind us and with the passing of every great musician it gets further behind and eventually lost.
Thank you John, deepest respects for the music you gave me in my youth that lift me up to this day.
I saw him in concert several times!!!! great memories! at one he stunned himself when he hit a BAD note so BAD he literally stopped the song
and apologized!!! he hosted the tonight show a few times and my friend and I snuck around on the big lot after the taping was done and ran into
seals & croft (they were the musical guest that night) told them we were looking for john and they told us exactly where to find him! that was A
LONG long time ago when you could do stuff like that!! his music made people happy!
saw him at the greek theatre it was an outdoor venue and he had a back drop of black sky with all these stars, it was so beautiful with his
music......found out the greek theatre got torn down...such a shame
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