It’s Time To Make Light of John Denver’s Death

I find nothing funny about any of this

I think it’s time. I think you’ll agree. I remember watching Good Morning America 19 years ago when new broke that John Denver had died in a plane crash. I remember saying, “Whose John Denver?” To which my older brother incredulously said, “You know, John Denver, Rocky Mountain High?”

That didn’t set off any bells. Then he was like, “you know, Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.”

“Ah yes,” I said. “I know that guy. He’s dead?”

“Yes,” my brother said, “He’s dead.”

“Kinda funny how he died then, hu?” I said laughing.

My brother was not impressed. He seemed to think John Denver’s tragic death was… well tragic. And I guess it was, and is. But when you are 8 years old and a guy who you only know by his song “Leaving on a Jet Plane” dies in a plane crash, it’s awesome. My brother’s indignation was enough to shut me up about this for 19 years, but today, I’ve decided to come out of the overhead bin and remind everyone that despite death being tragic in most circumstances, and although the death of John Denver was, yes, a bit tragic, it’s still pretty funny, prophetically funny if you ask me, that the guy who sang, “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again,” died in a plane crash.

It would be like if  someone who sang a song about giant chocolate Easter bunnies was killed by a giant chocolate Easter Bunny. I’m pretty sure that’s what most of the top 40 stuff happening in the U S of John-Denver-less A are talking about these days.

But seriously, this post isn’t to make fun of someone who can’t defend himself (that’s what trips to gradeschool playgrounds are for). Mr. Denver was the type of musical artist I wish more artists of today were like. He didn’t just write beautiful songs, he was an activist and  humanitarian, and his love of flying took away his love of life. If he had known about Discount Codes From Southwest Airlines maybe he would have opted to fly with them that day.

And even though his song Leaving on a Jet Plane, which with Rocky Mountain High shared the place as his two most popular songs, at least it was just a plane… if he had crashed into a mountain, I don’t think I could have waited 19 years to bring this up.