Saturday, June 6, 2015

Documentary Review: A Song's Best Friend: John Denver Remembered (2005)

This documentary is put together eight years after the death of John Denver.  It presents the brief story of several people who worked with Denver, and they express the influence had on their lives.  This includes his ex wife, manager, co musicians. 
John Denver's career started with "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and was magical since its takeoff.  From this song he went on to record "Take Me Home Country Roads" which became an international hit.  Of course "Jet Plane" did as well.  Of course this documentary also talks of the inspiration for different songs.  "Annie's Song" is a favorite love song, but personally I prefer "Perhaps Love" which he recorded with Placido Domingo:

Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home

Perhaps love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself
And don't know what to do
The memory of love will see you through

Oh, love to some is like a cloud
To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living
For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don't know

Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it's cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

Annie documentary about Denver has to include his environmental and world activism.  This documentary talks of he and Annie's move to Aspen, Colorado, and his desire to get involved in leading environmental causes.  "Rocky Mountain High" introduced this them in his music.  His life also included a relationship with Jacques Custeau and his support through his song "Calypso" from which he donated the royalties to the Custeau Society. 
Other song mentioned include the simplistic honesty of his son "Sunshine on My Shoulder" or the profound insight from "Rhymes and Reasons:" 
For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Would clear a cloudy day.
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" is all John Denver, although not written by Denver.  He performed this song to everyone's delight for years.  

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