Many critics out there have referred to his music as cornball or too mellow, and some of you may feel the same—and that’s okay—but in my opinion he’s a prophet for his stance on environmental issues.
He was a man ahead of his time, who embraced environmental causes way before many of us even understood what environmentalism is.
John Denver introduced me to the environment through his music.
In particular, he exposed me to the stories of the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains; a place which, shamefully, I still have yet to visit and explore. I'll get there someday physically, as I visit the place every time I put his music on.
My first exposure to
...oh excuse me, my first record was one by Burl Ives, and it WASN'T the one with "Frosty the Snowman."
The most intriguing part of
Looking back, I think I "got it" even at the age of 6... I guess I figured it's a no-brainer. Protect the planet to ensure it's longevity.
What’s so funny about all this is the fact that my mother, who once stated that “she has no connection with nature,” and is the only person I know who refuses to recycle—essentially representing the opposite of everything I value in this world—is the exact individual who pushed the music of John Denver on me as a child. That’s what planted a seed for a big part of the belief system, and the stewardship for the environment, that I carry around to this day.
Damn it, I digressed again... somebody stop me.
Shifting gears, this month marks the 10-year anniversary of his untimely death in 1997, when he died piloting an experimental Long-EZ aircraft which crashed just after takeoff from the
After establishing his musical career in the mid 1970s,
If you ever want to know any detail of what was on
So the story goes… thank you, John Denver, for the inspiration and example you set. S