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 · Styles Does Denver · As John Denver sang to us some years ago, "All my bags are packed / I'm ready to go." You know, "Leavin' on a Jet Plane." And I am, too.

I'm seeking "pastures in another lattitude" tomorrow, like those quadrupeds noted in The Volatile Truth of Our Words, since I'm tiring of Texas here. I'm longing for something more bracing, more adventuresome, more inspiring. Alhough I "Don't know when I'll be back again," in my next post I'll be noting brighter sights and sounds — with Colorado as but a prelude. I'll be adding Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, too.

Cheerio!

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I told you I read your site. You would be happy to know that I have received in the mail the most beautiful thing . . . a plaque from the "National Dean's List" for my academic achievements. You had a hand in that and I felt you deserved a pat on the back. Thanks for teaching me so many useful things that I will carry with me throughout my life and apply almost every day! Oh, started Riptide yet? I don't recommend it for an "on the road" read. ;o)

Posted by Leah Fishman on May 5, 2006 10:05 PM

Leavin' on a Jet Plane? Was that John Denver or Ian & Sylvia? Memory fails . . . .

Posted by Aunt Huldah on May 24, 2006 03:02 PM

John Denver, though, as I recall, he had better luck on jets than props.

Posted by
Styles on May 24, 2006 09:03 PM

I would have attributed this to the Mamas (Cass Elliot) and The Papas, but Amazon resolves it to Peter, Paul & Mary. This would be plausible, except that PP&M wrote almost nothing ("Puff the Magic Dragon"). The majority of their material was covered ("Blowin' In The Wind": wait — am I detecting a recurrring theme here?). Digging a bit deeper reveals that it was, indeed, written by John Denver and popularized by PP&M, in part contributing to John's eventual break (which, IIRC, was "Rocky Mountain High")(again, that recurring theme). Here are reviews at Amazon.

Now, if they'd covered Arlo's "Coming Into Los Angeles," there'd be no doubt left in my mind.

Oh, my. Here's "Early In The Morning" [shudder], recently re-popularized by William the Bloody!

The mind reels . . .

Posted by Phoenix Bueller on June 12, 2006 01:19 AM

Oh, God! . . . Yes.

Posted by George Burns on June 13, 2006 07:57 AM


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