Erwin Lazaro Angels Among Us John Denver - Annie's Song (J. Denver) ~ Erwin Lazaro 089
John Denver’s music is like an elixir for me. The melodies and the lyrics that he produced rejuvenate and inspire me. After l listen to, or sing, one of John Denver’s songs, I have to take a deep breath like I’ve just finished an exhilarating hike and emerged at the summit of a Grand Mountain. It doesn’t matter which one. Pick any one. For me, John Denver captures the essence of his personal appreciation for his life experiences through music. I feel his Pure Joy! Weeeeeee! For me, John Denver’s Joy is immortalized in his music! Just writing about this makes my heart swell with Great Fondness as I place my hand on my chest and feel my heart beat in the silence of this early morn while my family slumbers. I’m taking a deep breath and appreciating the countless Blessings bestowed upon me and my family, praying to our Lord God in Heaven, with tears in my eyes, praying that I will have the strength and the fortitude to always strive to do better than I have thus far.
Annie's Song" is a rock/country song recorded and written by singer-songwriter John Denver. It was his second number-one song in the United States, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. "Annie's Song" also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart. It went to number one in the United Kingdom, where it was Denver's only major hit single (many of Denver's American hits were more familiar in the UK through cover versions by other artists).
"Annie's Song" was written as an ode to Denver's then-wife, Annie Denver (née Martell). Denver "wrote this song 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. "Denver paid loving tribute to his wife by dedicating this album to her, and with 'Annie's Song,' a number one hit in July '74, Annie Denver recalls the beginnings: 'It was written after John and I had gone through a pretty intense time together and things were pretty good for us. He left to go skiing and he got on the Ajax chair on Aspen Mountain and the song just came to him. He skied down and came home and wrote it down ... Initially it was a love song and it was given to me through him, and yet for him it became a bit like a prayer.'
"'The first time I heard "Annie's Song," I told John it had the same melody as Tschaikovsky's "Fifth Symphony, Second Movement,"' says Milt Okun. 'He walked over to the piano, sat for an hour and came back, and the only thing remaining from Tschaikovsky was the first five notes. It was fantastic.'"