Somedays I Miss John Denver

I was a fan of many kinds of music in high school, college, and beyond. Folk music stirred my heart and soul. Big band music and singers of that era were on our radio all the time because my parents loved them; as I matured, so did I.

When I hung out with my friends we often got out the guitars and sat around singing songs and talking about life. Or we would put records on the record player and listen to records and sing along.When we did, we had a number of favorites.  Peter, Paul, and Mary were big with my friends and me. James Taylor, Don McLean,Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, and many more. One of my favorites besides P,P & M was John Denver. Oh his songs were so lovely. I loved Sunshine On My Shoulders; Poems, Prayers and Promises, Lady, Rocky Mountain High, Country Roads, Follow Me, For Baby for Bobby, Back Home Again, Leaving on a Jet Plane….

Many people made fun of John Denver because he was a pop singer and had that nature boy, golly-gee whiz image. He didn’t do a lot of ‘societal change or protest songs’. But oh how I loved to sing along with each of his songs.

What is my purpose in writing about John Denver? Tonight the Grammy Awards are on. There is a lot of talk about the death of Whitney Houston. Whenever the awards shows are on, they show a death reel about the stars that died in the last year. Quite a few years ago John Denver died in a plane crash. I miss his music, his smiling face, and his performances. The words to so many of his songs made me happy. somedays, I just miss that good old Colorado guy, John Denver. He had a simple outlook, and played joyous music. Singing his songs and hearing his music reminds me of when I was young, naive, and the world looked so very full of Kumbaya promise…just like Peter, Paul, and Mary always told us.


Back Home Again

There’s a storm across the valley clouds are rollin’ in
the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders.
There’s a truck out on the four lane a mile or more away
the whinin’ of his wheels just makes it colder.

He’s an hour away from ridin’ on your prayers up in the sky
and ten days on the road are barely gone.
There’s a fire softly burning; supper’s on the stove
but it’s the light in your eyes that makes him warm.

Hey, it’s good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again

After all the news to tell him: how’s you spend your time?
And what’s the latest thing the neighbors say
and your mother called last friday; “Sunshine” made her cry
and you felt the baby move just yesterday.


And oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
and feel your fingers feather soft up-on me
the kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way
the happiness that livin’ with you brings me.

It’s the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you
it’s the little things that make a house a home.
Like a fire softly burning and supper on the stove.
And the light in your eyes that makes me warm

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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30 Responses to Somedays I Miss John Denver

  1. How lovely to think of John Denver! He had a wonderful voice and a beautiful smile. I love all forms of music, myself, and think that each and every musician adds something wonderful to the world. he wasn’t a gimmick…maybe that’s why we can remember him with such a sense of appreciation. I’m going to watch the Grammy’s (starts here in 10 minutes) and I just enjoy! I love Adele…so I’m rooting for her 🙂 Lovely post! Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      You are right about each musician adding so much. i think that is why it means so much to my heart. some songs you just know where you were when you hear that song…you just do…

  2. Kate you have brought tears to my eyes once again. In a good soulful way. John Denver is still one of my all time fave’s. I miss what he would no doubt e writing about today. I miss growing older with him.
    As all of who else you listed. I can add Judy Collins, Joan Baez, the Momma & Papas, Loving Spoonful, Carly Simon, I could go on. These iconic people and their lyrics spoke to what were our passions, are causes. We are of the generation that found as an entire generation life needed our attention beyond our own noses. Or even our community’s noses.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I affirm all of those…..I must have played “someday soon” by Judy Collins at least 50 times in a row in my dorm room one night when i was feeling blue….at least…and Joan Baez—who could forget Joe Hill, or Forever YOung…Mommas and the Papas…Lovin Spoonful….aye yi yi…too many to list, right!!! but you are right…i wanted to see john denver grow old and see his music evolve too….love music….so evocative.

      • Found myself thinking tonight as I watched the Grammys of a blogger I have met. She has a strong heart that is filled the music of our days. As I listened tonight to great artists of our time I know we both still find much soul in those old vinyl records knowing that the music plays on forever in hearts and minds. How refreshingly wonderful that God finds ways to cross paths in ways I would never have thought.

        • Kate Kresse says:

          Isn’t it amazing? Each time I find new commonalities with my blogging friends, my heart just leaps for joy. It was so wonderful to watch the Grammys. Seeing the Beach Boys perform and seeing Brian Wilson looking so happy…Glen Campbell made me nostalgic….the tributes to Whitney, touching….

  3. I miss John Denver too….but his songs live on and have a very tender and special spot in my heart…

  4. Those were some very good days when you could hear John Denver, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bread, and so much good music, you would have a “Rocky Mountain High”. Good clean music that soothe the soul! I agree and we were so very luck to hear and share life with all of those great talents. P.S. I never think anybody will every forget “Whitneys” version of the Star Spangled Banner! Stay blessed!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Right you are! I STiLL have Carole King’s Tapestry album…one of the first I bought with my babysitting money…and oh yes!! Bread and Carly Simon….and Whitney’s Star spangled banner and I will always love you……FABULOUS… oh yes.

  5. Gilly Gee says:

    He was great Kate, your list made me go listen to Back home again but Sunshine was my favourite – such simple loving music. I miss John too:-(

  6. sonsothunder says:

    I miss Denver, now I miss Whitney.

  7. I used to listen to his songs when I was younger. His voice pure, the emotions tender and sincere , the lyrics just full of love, hope and affection. Yes, we all miss him too. Have a wonderful day my friend…

  8. Kathy says:

    I love all types of music. John Denver is/was definitely a favorite. One of his albums was the first I ever bought quickly followed by one already mentioned above as well. Now days I’ve gone high tech but I still love the same old music as evidenced by the fact that I have that second album ever purchased – Carole King’s Tapestry – on my iPod.

  9. fgassette says:

    I love music. All kinds. I too miss John Denver. My favoriate songs were “Sunshine On My Shoulders” and “Country Roads”. His songs were pure and simple. A message for the heart, from the heart. I like the old songs best because they were about the words and music not the theactics. They were done without the computer generated sound or the powertechnics. I love ADELE, she has a pure and powerful voice. Now she is a six grammy award winner.


    • Kate Kresse says:

      Absolutely. Loved those John Denver songs, and his wonderful messages in his songs. Balladeer, songwriter, all around good artist. Adele was wonderful at the Grammys—I agree!

  10. Mike Fisk says:

    Denver was also one of my favorite singers as well. Great post. Thanks again Kate.

  11. Cee Neuner says:

    I too am a John Denver fan. I lived in Denver when he did….and his funeral was a HUGE thing there!!!

  12. Terri O.A. says:

    Weird I was just thinking of him a month ago….take me home country roads!!

  13. Tina Cranston says:

    I typed in to google “I miss John Denver” and found this page. I know that he liked to fly planes and it was a lot of fun but part of me wishes he never got a pilots license I think about how he must have felt in the last moments of his life and wonder if he would change anything….like getting a pilots license?. I know all of us wish he hadn’t, I grew up in the country and made a video to send home singing along to Country Roads when I grew up and lived in the city. I also made my way to Denver because of the way he described the Rockies. I just had to do it. Denver by the way is one of the best places to live. I just heard it ranked 6 on the best places to live and I know why. San Fransisco was ranked number one though so I am going to make my way there. I grew up in New York and have been making my slow way across country ever since I heard John and how cool it was to roam:) I live in Arizona now so not far from the promised land.

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