Children of the Universe by John Denver (1990)





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Uploaded on May 3, 2008

This is a song by John from the "Earth Songs" CD from 1990. I found some paintings from a website that depict very unusual and beautiful images of space. While the song isn't about space, there are references to the cosmos which to me are a means of thinking metaphorically that all living things are children and brothers on this earth. There is no distinction of genus as a whole.

There are 2 versions of this song. One from the Seasons of the Heart album, and this one. This one is better in my estimation as it has more "oomph" and just sounds fuller. The words were actually written by Joe Henry who used to partner with John on some of his albums. The song "The Wings That Fly Us Home" has the words that were written by Joe, the words to "Spirit" from Windsong, etc., and he also wrote the liner notes to the "I Want To Live" album. His vision is unparalleled.

This song features the most sophisticated songwriting that I've ever witnessed. John's musicality has never been finer. It's an interesting study in contrast in watching these videos that feature incredibly soaring material from his early days of youth, eagerness and giddiness at getting his music out to the world, and then see the years go by where he matures while sharing among the most incredible display of words and music the world has ever seen.

It's hard to say which songs represent his finest work, and maybe there's no answer. The words and music to "Eagles and Horses" are stellar and beautifully expressed, and so is this particular song. Oh and yes, Joe Henry wrote the words to "Eagles and Horses."

He gave us a treasure trove of words and music, and each listen brings along a different outlook, feeling of emotion or way to look at the meaning. Judging by the comments I read on some of these slideshows or videos, other people experience that as well.

There will never be another songwriter, singer, performer like John Denver. Hope you enjoy this one.


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