Denver described how he wrote ‘Sunshine on My Shoulders in the following words: "I wrote the song in Minnesota at the time I call 'late winter, early spring'. It was a dreary day, grey and slushy. The snow was melting, and it was too cold to go outside and have fun, but God, you're ready for spring. You want to get outdoors again and you're waiting for that sun to shine, and you remember how sometimes just the sun itself can make you feel good. And in that very melancholy frame of mind I wrote 'Sunshine on My Shoulders'."
I have always loved John Denver’s songs. He was such a naturalist who loved the outside life and the simple and natural beauties of life. He loved America, and proudly sang about all the places he loved and the aspects of nature that daily surrounded him, such as the sun, the trees, the country roads; anything we can all have for the mere looking and loving of life. One can look at 1000 photographs of America, read 100 books on America and still not learn about what is most beautiful in America until one has heard the songs of John Denver.
Love and peace Bill xxx