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Aug. 17th, 2004

I was going to put the Padres-Braves game on t.v. and write about my coaching session today, but I made the mistake of checking the Guide before switching to the game. WGBH was broadcasting John Denver's Wildlife Concert. This will come as a surprise to a lot of you, but I would choose John Denver over opera most any day!

I've borne a lot of ridicule my entire life for this, but I love John Denver. My adoration of almost every song he's sung is something most people just don't understand.

John Denver and his music, ironically enough, is one of the biggest reasons I am a singer today. I grew up listening to these beautiful songs, falling asleep to them, studying to them, etc. They touched me deep down inside. I loved the way they made me feel, and I wanted to make people feel that way, too -- to make beautiful music and touch them the way John Denver touched me, making me laugh, making me cry, making me want to stand on a mountain top and praise the Lord for every exhilarating breath I take and for all the love expressed through music. The day he died, I was devastated.

I know it sounds hokey. I make no apologies.

So, why opera, then? Believe me, I'd love to be able to pick up a guitar, sit by the campfire surrounded by children of all ages, and sing these songs into the wee hours. But that's not the gift I was given. I was blessed with a large instrument and a huge body to provide support. I am built for opera. If I am to make a living making music, it will be in opera. My voice just isn't suited for other styles. We each have to do the best with what we are given. John Denver made the most of his talent to reach others, and I hope to make the most of mine, in my genre, to similarly reach others.

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rsc
Aug. 17th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
This will come as a surprise to a lot of you, but I would choose John Denver over opera most any day!

Yeah, but over baseball?
am0
Aug. 19th, 2004 12:26 am (UTC)
Nor do I apologize for getting you started with John Denver or any of the other things I've introduced you to.
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