I have a book called “What They Said in 1976, The Yearbook of Spoken Opinion”. It is a book of quotes from the important and the famous. I need to qualify that because back in 1976, for the most, part you actually had to do something for a period of time to be famous.
Anyway, I’m flipping through the book looking for inspiration and I came across this quote from John Denver:
Art can be a song, a poem a movie. Art for me is to create a space for people to realize themselves. I write a song. The song works. The medium of words music, works. I have said what I wanted to. It’s art if someone listens and something happens, something pops up, little pictures, an image. When that picture comes up and you think, “That’s right! That’s true!” - that is art. It is realizing who you are."
John Denver interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 8, 1976 in Aspen, Colorado.
I think John Denver was on the mark. The songs we truly hold dear communicate a connection, a truth or recognition that we are present.
There are performers who not only deliver a song but in the right environment convey a truth that is universal. This is one such moment from The Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler a segment from The Fabulous Bette Midler Show that aired June, 1976. This is a story based medley of Strangers in the Night and Do You Want to Dance.