Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wednesday Coffeehouse: John Denver

Bad news on the doorstep...
I couldn't take one more step.
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride

But something touched me deep inside,
The day the music died.

Don McClean is singing about the February 3, 1959 in a plane crash that took the life of Buddy Holly as well as the lives of rockers Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. I was thirteen then and, although I found the deaths horrible and sad, I didn’t cry.

On October 12, 1997, the day that John Denver died in a plane crash, I was fifty-one years old—and I did cry. The death of John Denver was like losing a piece of myself. So, I present to you a man who through the years became one of my dearest friends. I miss him.

Rhymes & Reasons

I Want to Live

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Annie’s Song

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Poems, Prayers, and Promises

In case anyone is interested, all of the audios I post are from my own CDs.

Previous Coffeehouses featured:

Leonard Cohen

Bob Gibson & Bob Camp

The Kingston Trio

Carmen McRae, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Steve Allen, Dave Brubeck, Del Close & John Brent

Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie

Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Theolonious Monk & Lenny Bruce

Carly Simon

Summer of Love (1967)

Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert

The Kingston Trio Returns

Miles Davis & Jack Kerouac

The Satire of the Mitchell Trio


  1. Nice!! I'll have to hang out and listen to these. THanks!

    Oh, and my comp's back online. Pictures soon.

    PS I didn't know John Denver was Harry Potter! o_O

  2. I love John Denver's music! I think I'll spend all day here at your blog. (I really wish that I could).

    Thank you, Saintly Nick!

  3. Yesterday I dragged out all of my old John Denver CDs, put them in the player and hit "shuffle." I meant to blog about it, but Blogger was having troubles at the time and I couldn't get logged on. (My personal favorite, if I had to choose just one song, is "I'm Sorry.")

    I guess we were on the same wavelength!

  4. John Denver is one of my favourite song writers and artists too. He died 15 days before I gave birth to the DS-Kid. Guess what his first name is? ;0) Although I have to confess that is more a coincidence. :)

    Thanks for your visit. If you pop back over, click on the link in the post to Cath's Cradle and bookmark it for later, there is a katz post up on the cradle at the moment. When you have time, come see.

    take care of yourself Nick.

  5. Wow, this is an A+++ post in my "personal favorites" category. I care not if he's considered "not cool," I love John Denver. I still listen to his music regularly. Will never forget the concert I inspirational that we all felt like we'd just attended a retreat day.

    You're on my blog roll, btw, and thanks much for adding me.

  6. I, too, cried when he died. And for awhile after...

    I like a lot of different types of music, but John Denver's music and life have touched me like no other. I want The Eagle and The Hawk to be played at my memorial.

    Thanks for sharing these sweet, sweet songs on this day of CELEBRATION!

  7. A poignant post, Nick. Reminds us that, in the midst of our JOY, there will always be loss and sadness.

  8. As corny as he is, John Denver always soothed me and I found his music to be very calming.

    He's definitely a legend. :)

  9. Nick,
    I loved John Denver way back when then fell out of love for him. Lately I have found him again and don't ever tire of listening.

  10. I really liked John Denver but I can't say he was my best friend. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. I love John Denver and his songs. I could not believe when I heard he was dead. Thanks for the wonderful songs and a great coffehouse as always.

  12. Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy...

    I love John Denver's music. It is timless.

  13. Funny. I just had Tammy burn me a compilation of Denver them. love him, always.

  14. John Denver has always been one of my favorites and I have very personal feelings about a certain time in my life that are wrapped up on all these songs. Thanks for sharing and transporting me for a time. :)

  15. .."wrapped up IN all these songs"...:)

  16. I miss his music,he was an enjouable man to listen to an watch.