April 23, 2015

カントリー・ロード aka "Country Roads"

The Persistance of John Denver Among the Japanese: Kooky and korney as Kansas in August... and Kompletely charming.

HT: The Thinking Housewife

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 23, 2015 8:23 PM
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Being from Colorado, John Denver's songs were some of my favorites. Even though I was much older and never really cared for rock and roll or country, Denver's songs just kind of hit the spot with me.

In 1997, I was in Kenya doing a walk about with a Masai guide in the Masai Mara. He had heard about John Denver's fatal crash on a short wave radio the night before. How strange it seemed to learn of his death way out there in the bush. At first I had some doubt that my guide had the straight story, but when I got home, it turned out to be all too true.

A year ago, I was on a cruise ship in French Polynesia. The stage show one night was a musician who "does" John Denver. And how! The voice, even his appearance are eerily similar to John Denver. The musician's name is Jim Curry. His website is here:

If you like John Denver, check him out.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at April 23, 2015 8:48 PM

That was plumb cute.

Posted by: mushroom at April 24, 2015 6:19 AM

The thing is, you have to divorce John Denver from his persona and the 70s to really enjoy the music. His stuff was really good but it has so much baggage its hard to listen to.

There's a reason that, as Farva points out, he won Country Entertainer of the Year from Charlie Rich in 1975!


Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 24, 2015 7:59 AM

Already shared, Gerard. Thanks.

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Posted by: B Lewis at April 24, 2015 8:44 AM

"Country Roads" is an important part of the anime movie Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba). The protagonist ends up writing her own version of the lyrics about life in the city, and her musician friends and family do their own unique arrangement.

Amusingly, the English dub version then had to come up with its own new version of the Japanese lyrics!

Sorry that I can't find a link right now, as my Internet is running very slow.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at April 24, 2015 8:50 AM

At the risk of hijacking the thread, I want to point out that another Studio Ghibli movie employs a version of "The Rose". We've all heard the Bette Midler version, but the Japanese version is sung by a woman with a much lighter and more pleasant voice than Midler's. It is, as Mushroom might say, "plumb cute".

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Posted by: Hale Adams at April 24, 2015 8:37 PM

Don't forget that Bill & Taffy Danoff were the prime movers behind that song. Deutschendorf may have gotten writing credit but Bill & Taffy are vastly more the creators.

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Posted by: ideal weight at April 25, 2015 1:32 PM

This is so fantastic and wonderful. Thanks for posting.

Posted by: Paul Homchick at April 25, 2015 3:22 PM

This may sound crazy but I think I remember Frontier Airlines pumping "Rocky Mountain High" through the headphones as we flew into Denver circa 1978/79.

Posted by: Drewbicle at April 25, 2015 10:08 PM

Suburbanbanshee, the only part about the English dub of "Whisper of the Heart" that I didn't like was replacing the Japanese singer and version of the song, especially during the "a capella" version when the girls were singing on the park bench. I thought their voices were much better than the English girls', not that I'm a "weeabo" or anything. The Japanese voice actresses were more gentle, more tentative and therefore more touching, to me. You can't go wrong with renting or buying the movie though, by any stretch. Just be sure to watch it one time with the subtitles.

Posted by: CptNerd at April 25, 2015 10:25 PM

According to statistics only two or three of those people want to have sex, get married and raise a family.

Posted by: stats nerd at April 26, 2015 5:40 AM

Thanks so much for that --didn't realize i could smile that big this early in the morning!

Posted by: buddy larsen at April 27, 2015 6:09 AM

Nice cover of John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home". These young people are some wonderful artists.

Posted by: MarkInKansas at April 27, 2015 10:06 PM