John Denver was certainly a good musician and a great singer but there was something more to him that drew people to him. He was one of those people that you just wanted to like. He had that floppy hair, big grin, and those cool granny glasses. But still, there was something even more than that. He had a sincerity and vulnerability that came through both in his music and his interviews. John was one of those rare individuals that seem to understand the human condition and was able to express it with a voice that was both gentle and powerful, and a musical sense that was both complex and incredibly simple at the same time. Put all that together and you have a force of music that effected not just one generation but all the generations to follow. When we do our tribute shows, entire families turn out from 90 year old grannies to 5 year old kids, and they know the words to all the songs.
John was the most popular entertainer in the world during the 1970s. Still today, if you visit China and go to a karaoke bar, you will likely hear someone sing Country Roads. John even visited Russia and sang with Alexander Gradsky in their famous version of What Are We Making Weapons For. John became a voice for a generation, a generation searching for itself shortly after the Vietnam War. It was a time of self discovery and self improvement movement. John worked with Werner Erhard and EST (Erhard Seminar Training) to create the World Hunger Project. John also worked with Jaques Cousteau and dedicated the proceeds from his song Calypso to Jaques Cousteau's foundation. For many people there will never be anyone quite like John. His music and his ability to express what so many of us feel left an indelible mark on our heart. Boulder Canyon and I feel quite honored to present his music. And though he is no longer with us, we hope that hearing his music live again will bring some of the joy back for his dedicated fans.
In the coming blogs, we'll try to bring you some stories that you may not have heard about John. Stay tuned for some great new memories of John Denver.
John Denver and Buckminster Fuller Photo Courtesy: Nick DeWolf ( used by permission Nick DeWolf family)