WELCOME JERRY LINDECKER!
Pete Christensen has moved to nominate Jerry Leyendecker for membership . . . . I second the motion. Now it's back to President John Torrison to request discussion and comments. Then ask for a vote. Jerry is currently living in Gainsville, Florida. Gainsville is mid state located about 40/50 miles north of Ocala, FL.
Back in the early 80's while living in St. Louis, Mo., Joan and I attended a concert. The stage was empty with the exception of a wooden stool, a microphone and a small table upon which a pitcher of water and a glass stood. I'm thinking "hey what's up . . . anybody home?" And then John Denver walked out on the stage. Big smile, outstreached arms . . . Just a guy with a guitar connecting with a very excited audience. Talk about charisma!
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an Americansinger, songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver's music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", and "Sunshine on My Shoulders".
Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decades, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life. He was named Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in a crash of his personal aircraft at the age of 53. "thanks wikipedia"
"Annie's Song" was written as an ode to Denver's wife at the time, Annie Martell Denver. Denver "wrote this song in July 1973 in about ten-and-a-half minutes one day on a ski lift" to the top of Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, as the physical exhilaration of having "just skied down a very difficult run" and the feeling of total immersion in the beauty of the colors and sounds that filled all senses inspired him to think about his wife. Now here is John -"Live in England"
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