Monday, November 7, 2011

We Need More John Denvers

John Denver was never cool. He wasn't dark. He wasn't mysterious. No one would call him sexy. He was kind of corny. He wore huge glasses. He recorded multiple albums with the Muppets. He was pretty much a huge nerd.

And as a celebration of all things nerdy, Frakking Shiny is here today to celebrate John Denver.

You know what John Denver WAS? Genuine. 100 percent genuine. When he sang about the mountains, you really knew in your heart that John Denver in his heart was really blown away by the majesty of those mountains. When John Denver sang about Christmas you knew that he really loved Christmas.  There was no irony to his music. There was no bitterness. There was just a genuine, honest love of whatever it was John Denver happened to be singing about at a given time.

When I hear a John Denver song I feel hopeful.  John Denver's songs make me feel that America is a great place, that Christmas is a wonderful time, and that true love is the very best thing in the world.

1 comment:

  1. Denver was never a darling of critics and he never cow towed to trends very much or tried to reinvent himself. He was very genuine and very human. Every once in a while nerds squeak through and succeed and get to be themselves. Reminds me of They Might Be Giants and Tim Burton.