Thursday, October 9, 2014

Looking back to "Paradise"

 Driving west on the Western Kentucky Parkway, we crossed the Green River into Muhlenberg County, and back I went in time to January 1976. I was a freshman in college, majoring in history but more interested in music, and one of my favorite artists was John Denver. I loved his message about cherishing nature, and I loved the acoustic instrumentation and country-folk influence in his songs.
I started listening to Denver in high school when my brother bought his greatest hits collection and “Back Home Again,” and I bought his double-record “An Evening With John Denver.” I started acquiring other albums, and that January I bought “Rocky Mountain High” at a record store in Oxford, where I attended Miami University.