“One person said Denver was just a human muppet, while others said his music was too syrupy. There are only a few opponents, but they’re really loud.”
Geez, what a bunch of maroons!
Like John Denver would have minded being a muppet.
Didn’t these people ever watch the John Denver Christmas special in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 ... you get the picture. It’s played every single year since it was first on, just like “A Christmas Story” or “White Christmas.”
Denver acted with the muppets like they were alive. That was part of what drew his fans to him, part of the goofy, unassuming child-like enthusiasm that made him seem so much like one of us, so in touch with his fans.
Those same fans want to see an obscure Rocky Mountain peak named after the late musician and shameless Colorado promoter.
How many bucks have been spilled across the Rockies over the past four decades thanks to Denver’s music?
And yet there are some people who don’t even appreciate his legacy to the state.
Name a mountain after him, for crying out loud!
According to one of his songs, he used to spend summers at his Uncle Matthew’s farm near Colby.
“Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
“Love was just the way to live and die
“Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
“Blue, just a Kansas summer sky”
That’s just a sample from the song “Matthew,” and it shows that Kansas ought to name something after him too.
John Denver Creek or John Denver Avenue in Colby, something.
Seriously, take the time to look up the lyrics on the web. It’s a beautiful sentiment that Kansas ought to embrace.
For shame, Colorado, if you can’t come up with one mountain to name after him. For shame federal government if you can’t pave the way.
In a day when there is so much hate being presented as “music” in our culture, for shame to the entire nation if we can’t honor this kind man who left such a beautiful legacy of hope to us all.
— Chuck Smith