Posted On: Thursday - August 29th 2019 7:04PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Treehuggers  Liberty/Libertarianism
Perhaps the best way to get a song out of my head is to blog about it. The great live version of John Denver's Rocky Mountain High is the case today. There's only one bad part of this live version. Whether it's for trademark reasons* or I dunno, at the end of the chorus, he does not sing " ... Colorado". I keep waiting for that, and, well, I had to sing "Colorado" it myself to make this work, and, believe me, you wouldn't want to be here.
say it, say it!
" ... Colorado ♪♫♬" Whewww! That's better.
No, that's not all my thoughts on this. I thought back to the time of John Denver's music, including this very inspirational classic**, when America had 2 1/8 hundred million people in the same area in which there are now 3 1/2 hundred million (depending on which aliens WANT to be counted). Maybe we should pick up that Greenland - it IS, in fact, kind of high, but that's 11,000 ft. of icecap, not quite the scenery one would imagine from the song.
It's just so much easier to have room to enjoy the land, and Rocky Mountain High, sung by someone who was no silent majority member*** has the lyrics you can't sing today "... more people, more scars upon the land ...♪♫♬" in it. This was a time, when, for just that one decade of the 1970's, more people were moving out of American cities than into them. The treehuggers of the era were no longer wearing sandals and keeping their arm-pits unshaven (unless in the middle of hiking the Continental Divide). They were no longer hippies, but put their money where there mouths were often, to get off the grid or at least leave the rat race, as John Denver also sang "Thank God I'm a Country Boy". There were a lot of people getting high in all kinds of ways, some of them while much closer to sea level than John Denver was. There were people singing about "blowing up your TV" even, my kinda people!
Your Peak Stupidity host was known to get high in his time, in the literal meaning of this wonderful song. I've hiked a lot in one particular mountain range that I consider very pristine. It's my favorite, and "I've been everywhere in this here land.".
Yep, what a time to be an American that was, in the era when John Denver was getting Rocky Mountain High! We lost this great musical artist more than a decade back. He died while getting high flying small homebuilt aircraft, something that would be right in the wheelhouse of a 1970's off-the-gridder. As you get older, you would find it easier to get to get high with a horizontally-opposed IC engine, versus hiking it. Or, you know, you could never see the Rocky Mountains and still be "born in the summer your 27th year, coming home to a place you've never been before... ♪♫♬
Here's the standard, polished-up studio version mentioning Colorado:
(Well, whaddya' know? The first video I embedded, with the best scenic views of the mountains, was not allowed to be played embedded. That's, like, Rocky Mountain LOW, or something.)
* For a State, though?! I figure Colorado, especially in this day and age, is perfectly fine with being associated with getting high in all meanings of the word.
** Kind of like a 2-generation-ago preppers anthem on getting off that grid.
*** He was a Democrat back when they were not the anti-white-people party, but then he was also anti-2nd Amendment and a critic of my man Ronnie. Not cool,