Rocky Mountain High
Lately, the tribute CD: The Music is You: a tribute to John Denver, released last year on X records, has found a permanent home in my car stereo. Colorado is on my mind and with it the music of Denver – a storied songwriter sometimes overlooked by critics, but one that is near and dear to my heart. As a child, my family vacation every August was a trip from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada to Aspen, Colo. to attend Bob Johnson’s Hockey School. Every road trip has a soundtrack. For our family, Denver was the common denominator. In the early days, the car did not have a built-in stereo. Instead, we had a portable tape deck that sat on the floor and plugged into the lighter. Denver tapes were constantly in the player. Songs such as … I even recall a concert Denver did in Aspen one summer, where I was lucky enough as a six-year-old to sit on the stage. Like many things in life, it takes years and many experiences later to fully grasp the importance of certain people who touched your life. That’s the case with Denver.
Mini review of The Music is You.
Link to Paul Zollo’s American Songwriter column on Denver and his songs: