Song Lyric Sunday: America, America: 4th of July.

Good Sunday everyone it’s time again for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. This week Jim has given us a subject so wide it’s almost an impossible choice. Here is the prompt.

July 4, 2021 – American music which is a melting pot of styles woven together, incorporating elements of Barbershop, Bluegrass, Blues, Christian, Contemporary, Country, Doo Wop, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, Motown, Patriotic, Ragtime, Rock, R&B, Spiritual, and Soul music, but what I am really looking for is music by an American group, so Aerosmith, Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Creedence, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Eagles, Journey, Prince, Simon & Garfunkel, Santana and many others would all work great.

Did I say this was an almost impossible task …. Okay I thought long and hard and the first thought I had would not be dismissed however hard I tried . The wonderful John Denver spoke to me more than anything or anyone on Jim’s list. Funny really because country is not really my type of music but my tastes are eclectic and I have a lot of time for John Denver as a singersongwriter, actor and person.

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, activist, and humanitarian whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was one of America’s best-selling performers; AllMusic has called Denver “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”.

Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He had 33 albums and singles that were certified Gold and Platinum in the U.S by the RIAA, with estimated sales of more than 33 million units. He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, disdain for city life, enthusiasm for music, and relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country music, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, earning 12 gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “Poems, Prayers and Promises“, “Annie’s Song“, “Rocky Mountain High“, “Calypso“, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy“, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders“.

Denver appeared in several films and television specials during the 1970s and 1980s, including the 1977 hit Oh, God!, in which he starred alongside George Burns. He continued to record into the 1990s, also focusing on environmental issues as well as lending vocal support to space exploration and testifying in front of Congress to protest censorship in music. He lived in Aspen for much of his life, and he was known for his love of Colorado. In 1974, Denver was named poet laureate of the state. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its two state songs in 2007, and West Virginia did the same for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in 2014.

An avid pilot, Denver died at age 53 in a single-fatality crash while piloting a recently purchased light plane. Information from Wikipedia.

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What a beautiful man , so talented. Not without faults but he was human. He to me is the embodiment of clean cut America at it best, to my mind anyway.

This is part of Jim Adams Song Lyric Sunday.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE

Happy 4th.

Woohoo

To all my American friends, have a great day but remember to social distance and be safe.

Enough is Enough

Just seven weeks into 2018 and there have been eight shooting attacks on US schools. Not taking in account any other gun crimes. This cannot be right?

Enough is Enough

Politicians all filibuster

NRA offer money to muster

Votes for prolifiration of the gun

This can’t be right, should not be done.

Open up your eyes you are not fools

Children no longer safe in your schools.

Two many times the gunchild does their walk

It’s time for action not for talk.

Ban the rifle ban the gun

2nd Amendment has had its run

Listen to what the students shout

Please let comon sense out.

4th of July!

 

To everyone who celebrates this special American Day, I wish you all everything  you wish yourselves. All of you Be happy, be well be brave and be careful.  With love willow in England   xxxxxxx

 

Watch the wall my darlings

Watch the wall my darlings as the gunman passes by, hush now everyone he will double back and kill us if he hears you cry.

No I don’t think he cares that guns are not allowed and I know he will not stop to think before firing into a crowd.

Try not to whimper as he will hear that too he has shot your little friends for less and he will do the same to you.

Here, cuddled up to me my darlings lets all play sleeping lions please keep calm or we will become more statistics in this crime.  Yes those are your friends my darlings  but we cannot help them now. You are in my care here and to keep you safe I vow .

Who is he is my darlings I have no idea,  but we need not think of him, he is of no consequence my dear. What is important is that you stay here with me and make no noise for him to hear.

Oh! yes. Watch the wall my darlings as the gunman passes by, hush now everyone, he will double back and kill us if he hears you cry.

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In light of the shooting in Newton America I wrote the above poem. I wrote it out of respect for the teachers and children that were murdered and all the relatives left behind to wonder why.

The photo is nothing to do with the victims, it just seemed apt.

The media should not give the murder any air time he should should not be named . This only encourages the next mad man or woman to out do him. Gun laws need to be stricter and no one needs a gun in their home. Mental health needs to have more funds pumped into it so these people can be found and treated before they cause such grief.

Lets us not forget the first victim his mother.

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