Friday, March 16, 2007

Johnny D.

I've always had a bit of a closet enamoration with John Denver. Hearing his songs make me more aware of the simple pleasures of life and remind me to enjoy the beauty that surrounds me, no matter where I look. Annie's Song is my favorite. I think it's one of the most purely romantic songs ever written. My six-year old has me sing it to her as a lullaby when she's feeling sad, calling it "the senses song". Yes, backwards country bumpkin that he was, John Denver sure knew how to sing a melody that just made the soul feel good.

That's why when one of my blogger friends (Hi, Betsy!) mentioned she'd added Country Roads to her iPod for her long runs, I wondered why I hadn't thought of it myself. Surely there's no better soundtrack than that for my ten-mile route! But when I went to search for the song to download it, I also got a hit for a "dance remix" of Country Roads.

Eyebrows raised. I gotta hear this, I decided.

Turns out I liked it enough to use. It's got one of those beats that instantly puts a little more spring into my step and John-Denver-in-Heaven knows I could always use that.

I think this must prove there is a dance remix version for everything. Maybe I'll search Ave Maria next.


Ovens2Betsy said...

It's so funny, isn't it? Something about John Denver puts me in a fantastic mood. I remember a friend during highschool would put on his album and we'd dance to "Grandma's Feather Bed" or "Thank God I'm a Country Boy."

I actually didn't think of John for quite a while until I did a dinner party for a client. As I was prepping dinner he put on John and was thrilled to see I was a fan.

Some may say he's smarmy, but I love him!

Lickety Split said...

That's okay we've all got our secret closet-geek crushes...

Anonymous said...

I love "Annie's Song!!!" :) It is very romantic, and I wish I could write something as provoking and soothing as that. I love the line, "Come let me love you, come love me again".....your daughter has very good taste, like a sleepy blue ocean. :)

Chesno Slova said...

Come now Ang. John Denver is America's Poet (a real nickname of his).

He really isn't a country bumpkin, but was born in Roswell, NM while his dad was an Air Force officer at the same base the "Roswell Incident" took place.

Colorado is his transplanted home, and he loved the Rockies and the west. That is all I need to know. That is good enough for me.

Yes, Annie's Song is beautiful, but don't limit yourself to that in the John Denver catalogue.
Try: "Eagle and the Hawk", "Foxfire Suite", "High, Wide, and Handsome", "I Watch You Sleeping", "Raven's Child", "Wispering Jesse" and so many more.