Denver a fearless communicator
Carl Sagan and George Burns bid the world adieu in 1996. Several other notable and inspirational human beings slipped beyond the physical realm in 1997 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Princess Diana, Mother Teresa … to name a few.
After the anguish of these deep personal losses, John Denver flew home.
The world lost Earth’s friend and a fine man with superb talents and a potpourri of healthy interests. Success didn’t go to his head – a humble gentleman and giving soul. John had no trouble crossing a road to pick up someone’s tossed trash. His concerts were well attended by children, elders and all cultures. He had passionate intentions to elevate our one world and made more efforts than people realize – many John chose to accomplish quietly.
Mother Nature has been toe tapping for some time to elicit the attention of her children. These days she’s foot stomping!
John respected the First Nations’ wisdom and ways. They knew he would speak straight. He was spiritually enlightened and loved those a-ha moments when the light came on. He dearly loved children and clearly communicated adult responsibility to influence them well.
His music stirs nostalgia, provokes thought and penetrates the soul. Precious lyrics coupled with his unique voice unite wonder and reason. At concerts I was amazed by observing the crowd, band, John’s way – communication and connection were onboard.
If one goes anywhere on this planet and asks mid-lifers if they remember John Denver, they’ll become still and reflective then relay the essence of a fine man who touched hearts, encouraged participation, opened minds.
Now I meet 30 year olds who have never heard of John Denver. But on viewing him sing “The Wings That Fly Us Home,” tears flow and they want to know.
John Denver and Tom Crum co-founded The Windstar Foundation. As it closes, we can well afford to thank the dreamers and higher-ground thinkers for decades of productive efforts toward the vision for dialogue and co-creative efforts toward peace and susatainability. Windstar is a vision to be lived. The torch has been passed.
Live in the song. Kermit is not the only one seeking the “Rainbow Connection.”
Our children and grandchildren need to hear the music – experience nature -view his accomplishments and those of his mentors (Bucky Fuller, David Brower and many more gifted friends and colleagues who co-created insightful works universally relevant today).
Toward the end of his life, John Denver and Sandy Ostertag produced an extraordinary documentary, “John Denver: Let This Be A Voice.” The program originally aired on PBS. It is an exquisite and perfectly titled production that shows the authentic John Denver, exploring our natural world, sharing joys and concerns – and inspiring action.
In our tic-tac-tech world and age of unraveling, we can well afford to rekindle the heart felt music and works of John Denver. We can look into another’s eyes, reach out and shake hands, augment a sense of “other.” We can embrace and revere our finest teacher – Mother Nature. It’s essential that we do. It’s about time. Tick tock.
Please ask yourselves how much of your day dissolves into tech toys; perhaps by disconnecting a spell we might begin to reconnect with self and other.
As many gather in Aspen to celebrate the life of John Denver, let’s keep fruitful dialogue flowing. Bless ongoing gardens and concerts honoring a remarkable human being. Please make efforts to include the children.
In John’s words, “It is here we must begin.”
Thank you, John Denver, for being a wilderness troubadour in Canada.
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