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Re: Who did it for you?
10/14/2000 3:59 AM
Howard Owens (3129) wrote:
Don't laugh: John Denver.
Three things converaged at the same time when I was in seventh grade: I had a teacher who looked like a female John Denver and I had a crush on her (I was in choir, which she taught). I had been begging my parents for a guitar and when I found out I could take lessons at school, my parents bought me one and the guitar teacher was really into folk rock -- the first two songs he taught us were "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Take Me Home Country Roads"; and three -- and the whole reason I wanted a guitar in the fist place: my brother lived in Aspen and worked for a time as John Denver's photographer (even got me a back stage pass -- though I never met Denver).
Currently, I don't even own any John Denver recordings.
However, what really shook my life and totally altertered its course, not just in music but in ALL aspects of my life, was Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True." In 1977, that album radically altered my view of reality, myself and awakened a creative drive that influenced every subsquent decision I ever made about my life. Because of Elvis, I wanted to be a songwriter, which led me to study literature, which led me to want to be a writer, which led me to become a journalist, which is how I met my wife and which eventually led to my becoming a Web developer. That one single piece of vinyl influenced me and changed me and my life more than anything.