Tuesday Open Thread | You know you know the words Week: John Denver

Today, we’ll be reminded of the music of John Denver.

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Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists.[1] By 1974, he was firmly established as America’s best-selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”.[2] After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family,[3] Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total sales of over 33 million.[4]

He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High”, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”.

Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decade, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life. He was named Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft after several touch and go landings, he was unable to reach the planes fuel tank switch-over lever, located behind his left shoulder instead of the standard position, located between the legs. John and his mechanic were aware of the issue and had tried unsuccessfully to fix it before he took his final flight. He declined refueling stating he was only going to fly for an hour. When one tank emptied, John was unable to reach the fuel switch-over lever without turning his body 90 degrees and using his foot as leverage he caused the plane to pitch, and dive head first into the water. John Denver died Sunday, October 12th at the age of 53.


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95 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | You know you know the words Week: John Denver

  1. TyrenM says:

    Good Afternoon 3Chics,
    Today I turned off my internet radio to listen to your playlist. I like it. Truly something for everybody. I began with As (hi rikyrah.) Got through the country section (hi sg2.) Now I’m at Patti Patti!
    Clapton! Art of Noise! Nina! Miriam Makeba! I appreciate you opening my mind while tuning out today’s office nonsense.

  2. Liza says:

    This one needs to be forced to resign or recalled from office.


    • sunshine616 says:

      Holy crap! These fuckers have sugar daddies too? Damn.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, apparently Bates had a business that he sold for 10 million dollars. I just hope that someone is looking for the hard evidence that Bates has been giving these “gifts” to specific individuals. Cop heads need to roll, especially the Sheriff. Those good ol’ white boys think they own the world, for some reason, even though they’re just a bunch of dumb Okies. They were bound to get caught sooner or later.

    • Ametia says:

      A regular pay to shoot a nigga” circus. Same as Ferguson, stop, ticket, charge, and jail, & if you really want to earn point$$$, kill’em!


  3. eliihass says:

    Nothing’s changed. Every single thing about Hillary Clinton, her campaign and this roll-out is so scripted and contrived. Even the supposedly ‘random’ people who’ve ‘run into’ her are such bad and unconvincing actors too.

    If they were all any stiffer, they’d be confused for cadavers.

    You can tell the media cheerleaders are having a hard and awkward time reading the scripts that are supposed to be of excitement, when the pictures and videos tell a completely different story.

    • Ametia says:


    • Liza says:

      I just don’t get a sense that anyone is truly excited. How are we supposed to regard her now as a “champion of the people?” It’s ridiculous.

    • sunshine616 says:

      This is all so crazy……they are treating this chicken like the second coming. Why is everyone so crazy excited about this as if it was this big effing surprise. Look at joy Reid almost fainting like a fan girl when she speaks about shrill hill. The Scooby mobile? Are they fucking high with that one. Lmao!! Is this an ode to mj legalization? Stop it hill! Genuine displays are not her strong suit.

      • eliihass says:

        Thank you for noticing JoyAnn Reid. Did you see her trying unsuccessfully to get the young girl with the curly hair to gush about Hillary. Too sad.

        Did you also here her calling Hillary ‘the First Lady’ with such reverence. ‘First Lady’?

        This is the same Joy Ann Reid who kept calling President Obama ‘Barack Obama’ for the longest time until people kept calling her out on it, then she stopped. She still addresses Mrs Obama as ‘Michelle Obama’ when she can even get herself to even mention her – mostly when Lawrence O’Donnell who occasionally covers Mrs Obama and is clearly a huge fan of FLOTUS, has Joy on his show.

      • eliihass says:

        hear her.

      • Ametia says:

        LOL Joy, like the rest of her comrades, know what side their bread’s buttered. Come 2017, it will be business as usual.

      • Joy? Say it ain’t so? Oh God!

      • Ametia says:

        Ode to JOY

      • sunshine616 says:

        I saw the curly headed girl. Poor thing. She seemed stumped and confused and acted as excited as she could about something she didn’t seem to know much about. It wasn’t impressive.

      • Ametia says:

        ROH ROH! LMBAO


  4. rikyrah says:

    ESSENCE Magazine’s Cover with Ava, Issa, Shonda, Debbie and Mara is EVERYTHING!
    Luvvie — April 14, 2015 1 6

    Lemme tell you something, ESSENCE Magazine. Why must I have to buy each of your issues TWICE? Why, I ask? Lawdt.

    The magazine is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary with the May 2015 issue. The cover is the dopest, featuring Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae and Debbie Allen.

    THIS COVER! I LIVE. Come on, beautiful Black people glowing in white! The level of awesome here is so off the charts that the charts called and Keith Sweat begged for it to chill so it can deal. So many of my baes are on here and I am not lying when I saw I became an offensive caricature when I saw this. I surely did yell “YESSSS BITCH YESSSSSSSSSS.” I’d be shamed if that wasn’t from my spirit. They look SO GOOD! Their glam squad snapped and I need Issa’s dress because I love dresses with texture.

    Besides the fact that every single woman here looks like God took His sweet time on them, this cover rocks because Black Girls Rock. This cover is power and I stan for everyone on it! Bringing these five women together does one thing for me, especially: it affirms my own work. Is that selfish? Probably. HA!

    We live in a world where the contributions of women are often rendered invisible, and the ones of Black women are erased. This is why I value Essence Magazine, because it’s a space where WE are. This visual with 5 women who’ve forced people to pay attention by being so damb good they couldn’t be ignored, gives me delight.


  5. rikyrah says:

    550: Three Miles

    Mar 13, 2015

    There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better. (Beeped version)


  6. rikyrah says:

    What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school?

    High-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses.

    By Brooke Lea Foster April 09, 2015

    WHEN ANA BARROS first stepped into Harvard Yard as a freshman, she felt so out of place she might as well have had the words “low income” written on her forehead. A girl from Newark doesn’t belong in a place like Harvard, she thought, as she marveled at how green the elms were, how quaint the cobblestone streets. Back home, where her family lives in a modest house bought from Habitat for Humanity, there wasn’t always money for groceries, and the world seemed gray, sirens blaring at all hours. Her parents, who immigrated to the New York area from Colombia before she was born, spoke Spanish at home. It was at school that Barros learned English. A petite 5-foot-2 with high cheekbones and a head of model-worthy hair, Barros found out in an e-mail that she’d been accepted to Harvard — a full scholarship would give her the means to attend. “I knew at that moment that I’d never suffer in the way that my parents did,” she says.

    She opted for a single her freshman year, because she felt self-conscious about sharing a room with someone from a more privileged background. “All you see are class markers everywhere, from the way you dress to the way you talk,” says Barros, now a junior sociology major, as she sits in a grand, high-ceilinged space off the dining room in her Harvard College dorm. During her freshman and sophomore years, Barros hesitated to speak in class because she often mispronounced words — she knew what they meant from her own reading, but she hadn’t said many aloud before, and if she had, there had been no one to correct her. Friends paired off quickly. “You’d get weeded out of friendships based on what you could afford. If someone said let’s go to the Square for dinner and see a movie, you’d move on,” she says. Barros quickly became close with two other low-income students with whom she seemed to have more in common. She couldn’t relate to her peers who talked about buying $200 shirts or planning exotic spring break vacations. “They weren’t always conscious of how these conversations can make other people feel,” she says. In a recent sociology class, Barros’s instructor asked students to state their social class to spark discussion. “Middle,” said one student. “Upper class,” said another. Although she’d become accustomed to sharing her story with faculty, Barros passed. It made her uncomfortable. “Admitting you’re poor to your peers is sometimes too painful,” she says. “Who wants to be that one student in class speaking for everyone?”

    For generations, attending an Ivy League college has been practically a birthright for children of the nation’s most elite families. But in 2004, in the hopes of diversifying its student body and giving low-income, high-achieving students a chance at an Ivy League education, Harvard announced a game-changing financial aid campaign: If a student could get in, the school would pick up the tab. (Princeton was the first Ivy to offer poor families the option, in 1998; Yale followed Harvard in 2005.) Families with incomes of less than $40,000 would no longer be expected to contribute to the cost of their student’s education. (In recent years, income eligibility has increased to $65,000, with significant grants awarded to families that make up to $150,000.) Having since been adopted, in one form or another, by all the Ivies, this “zero family contribution” approach opened the gilded doors of top colleges for many of the country’s most disadvantaged students. The number of students awarded a Pell Grant — financial aid of as much as $5,700 given to those with a family income of up to 250 percent of the poverty line, or about $60,000 for a family of four — is considered the best indicator of how many are low-income. At Harvard, where tuition, room, and board is estimated at $58,600, the Pell is a very small part of a student’s financial aid package. Last year, 19.3 percent of eligible Harvard students were awarded a Pell, an 80 percent increase since the admissions policy began 11 years ago. At Brown University, 15 percent of students get a Pell, and at Yale, 14 percent do.

    But receiving a full scholarship to an Ivy League school, while a transformative experience for the nation’s poorest students, is only the first hurdle. Once on campus, students report feelings of loneliness, alienation, and plummeting self-confidence. Having grant money for tuition and fees and holding down jobs, too, as virtually all of them do, doesn’t translate to having the pocket money to keep up with free-spending peers. And some disadvantaged students feel they don’t have a right to complain to peers or administrators about anything at all; they don’t want to be perceived as ungrateful.


    • eliihass says:

      This is exactly what FLOTUS has been trying to explain every time she shares her biography and tells of her experience at Princeton.

      But this sort of summed it up: “If someone said let’s go to the Square for dinner and see a movie, you’d move on,”

  7. rikyrah says:



    I’m beginning to see the presidential primaries with new eyes. It’s a referendum on white supremacy, for both parties. The GOP’s fight is and will continue to be obvious, ham-fisted, over-the-top kind of obvious. The democrats on the other hand will be far more subtle. I came across this article in the New Yorker that drives the point home.

    …”When he sees her, he thanks her—for what, it’s not
    clear—and she goes on to ruminate about “how far we had come” from their first sit-down after he’d defeated her in the 2008
    primaries. That’s about all we get on Obama in the rest of the
    epilogue, other than him also thanking Bill for campaigning for him in
    2012: he is grateful to him; he appreciates her. There are outlines
    of two separate caricatures in there, and Hillary will have to be
    careful about which one she chooses to play up during her campaign. One is of an Obama who was able to do what he did with the help of her quiet, wise advice. This option would involve her assuming ownership of his foreign-policy decisions. The other is of a lost President, in over his head, who looks around and asks, “Where is she?” …


    White liberal racism is unable to give PBO credit for his achievements. They cannot envision or articulate a future built upon the achievements of a black man, without placing themselves in the center. The Obama Coalition will demand this acknowledge. I’m ready for the rumble ahead. Bring it on.

    • eliihass says:

      If I hear one more person tell us how hard Bill clinton worked, and that it was Bill Clinton’s speech at the 2012 DNC convention that won the elections for President Obama, I’ll puke.

      Wasn’t this the same Bill Clinton who kept sabotaging and undermining the President at every turn, and was even making overtures to the opposition – Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan etc., giving them pointers on how to defeat President Obama?

    • sunshine616 says:

      And does anyone know what happened to msnbc? It’s like CNN lite now…wtf??

  8. rikyrah says:


    From the New Yorker article:

    In practical terms, the story said, citing people “briefed on the
    plans,” the campaign expects him to raise money and that “he would be
    asked to campaign for her in, among other places, the most heavily
    African-American counties of the swing states that he won in 2008 and


    This is why Hillary ain’t ready. Don’t put Obama to work in just the black areas. Don’t ghettoize our president. Its not black people she will have the problem with. It’s white people.

    • Ametia says:

      It really is about white people, and especially WHITE women. Ask Mitt Romney. They voted overwhelmingly for MITTENS.

      Then ask Terry McCaulife in VA, who voted for him?

    • eliihass says:

      But it shows you her mindset. And how deep down she still views him through those narrow, racist, disrespectful and condescending lenses. In her mind still, it’s the black vote that got him over, so that’s all he’s good for. I bet that’s how they plan to use FLOTUS too.

      But I don’t recall any sitting President and First Lady campaigning for their potential successors…Don’t they typically stay out of these things..? A few fundraisers perhaps – which the President has already done more than his fair share of for the DNC and the DCCC?

  9. rikyrah says:

    good idea


    Howard to offer free courses to some D.C. high school seniors

    By Michael Alison Chandler April 8 Some high school students in the District will soon be able to take classes at Howard University for free through a new dual-enrollment program city and university officials announced Wednesday.

    Beginning next school year, seniors at Banneker and McKinley Technology high schools can spend part of their days on the college campus and earn college and high school credit at the same time.

    “Imagine this: You can go to two great D.C. public high schools and get credit at the great Howard University,” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said during a speech in Howard University’s library.

    Dual-enrollment programs are growing in school systems across the country. They aim to ease the transition to higher education by giving students a foothold in college before they graduate. Students can build confidence and save money by earning credits that they can use toward a college degree.

    School Without Walls, an application high school in the District, has a long-standing dual-enrollment partnership with George Washington University. And some other programs allow high school students across the city to enroll at the University of the District of Columbia or other area colleges.


  10. Ametia says:

    3 Chics will not be towing the line for Hillary.

    NO.WAY.NO HOW. If First Lady Michelle Obama shows up at anything in support of her, then I’d consider. Otherwise. HELL NAW!

    • Liza says:

      Sounds like you won’t be helping out with this, Ametia.


      • Ametia says:

        NO, I will not.

        Besides, I’m not a Beyoncé fan. I’m running my own world just fine without both of them. LOL

      • eliihass says:


      • eliihass says:

        Ametia, Joy has been for me, such a disappointing Clinton suck-up. She and Perry Bacon. And it’s in this almost cringe-inducing, inferiority complex, jump on the bandwagon to be accepted by the cool nerd crowd, sort of way. And once I noticed, it quickly cooled me on Joy-Ann.

        And now, even as politically astute as she’s supposed to be, she’s out there tweeting asking for song choices for Hillary’s campaign, knowing full well that there may still be other yet unannounced candidates.

        This is the same Joy Ann Reid who was so careful not to be seen as in the tank for President Obama..? The same Joy Ann, the rare black female journalist, who rarely if ever mentioned the first black First Lady?

      • sunshine616 says:

        Maybe it should be drunk in love, joy!! Haha!!

    • eliihass says:

      I love and respect my First Lady so much as everyone in the world knows, but not even my phenomenal First Lady could get me to vote for Hillary.

      Mrs Obama might not be able to react to all they’ve done to her, but I certainly can on her behalf, and I intend to do so.

      When people show you who they are, believe them. Hillary has long shown us who she is, and I sure do believe her. No re-introduction necessary.

      • Ametia says:

        LOL ellishaas, FLOTUS only shows up for those she truly supports.

      • eliihass says:

        POTUS will make her make nice with Hillary, for the sake of the party and appearances. But we already know that these people have not been nice to The Obamas, so we’ll simply forgive and show understanding when FLOTUS and POTUS start talking up Hillary. But we still won’t be voting for Hillary, We know too much and nothing’s changed.

  11. Liza says:

    Bob Bates certainly loves those cops. Paid a lot of money to get to pretend he was one of them. Now he’s killed a man. As the outer layers of this cop problem get peeled away, it just gets worse and worse, beyond the horrors we already imagined.


  12. Percy Sledge, Chicas!

    Breaking News: RIP! Soul legend Percy Sledge dies at 74

  13. Ametia says:

    Legendary R&B singer Percy Sledge has died at the age of 73, CNN has confirmed.

    The crooner, best known for his classic song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” passed away Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The cause of death was not immediately available.

    “Woman” was a massive hit, topping the charts in 1966 and appearing on numerous movie soundtracks. It was later covered by Michael Bolton, whose 1991 version also hit No. 1.

    In 1987, Sledge’s original single was reissued and made the top 10 in the UK.

  14. Liza says:

    Y’all really deserve a treat. Change the lyrics for John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” just a bit here…

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    3 Chics be like


    • Ametia says:

      Bring it, Governor O’Malley.

      We need more Dems running for POTUS. We need OPTIONS.

      To blanket the airwaves with Hillary for the next year and a half , will be a crime and anti-democracy.

  17. Ametia says:

    Rest assured that there are attempts under way to take away our ability to record with the technology afforded us. Notice how when we took to social media, some white folks would flee to the next trend, for example facebook-twitter, and now that more black folks are on twitter?

    It is our medium for COMMUNICATING our IDEAS, THOUGHTS, OPINIONS, CONCEPTS, etc., and nobody can take that away, unless we let them.

    • Ametia says:

      Really the last thing any of these black men want to do is fight with cops, when they know what they are capable of.

      How to act when they are encountered by a cop has been DRILLED into these men, since they slid out of their mother’s womb.

  18. rikyrah says:





    Tavis Smiley Teams Up w/ J.J. Abrams to Bring His ‘Death of a King’ to the Small Screen


  19. rikyrah says:

    Rubio is Doing ‘Token Minority’ All Wrong
    by BooMan
    Mon Apr 13th, 2015 at 09:07:09 PM EST

    I’m basically inclined to give Nate Cohn credit for examining the hype around Marco Rubio, but I still feel like he didn’t go far enough in his quest to burst these bubbles. Let me give a couple of examples.

    Cohn comes out of the box by noting that Rubio has been repeatedly called the “best communicator” in the Republican Party. Why, then, does gonorrhea basically poll better than Rubio among likely Republican primary voters? For, Cohn, the explanation is that Rubio is positioned all wrong on the issues.

    Could be.

    But maybe he actually isn’t a good communicator or a “polished” politician. Maybe people are just saying that he is because they heard someone else say it. When he had a chance to respond to the State of the Union speech, he pulled a Bobby Jindal. Does anyone remember his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention the way that they remembered the speech Barack Obama gave at the 2004 Democratic National Convention? Does anyone remember any speech or public appearance that Rubio has ever made in a positive light?

    Here’s another example.

    Cohn notes that Rubio’s support with the Republican base collapsed when he became associated with the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and the support has never come back. This is the central fact about both Marco Rubio and the Republican base. If Ben Carson starts pushing reparations for slavery, his support will also collapse and never come back.

    Why, then, do we need to look for other reasons for Rubio’s lack of support? Why are we wondering whether Jeb is sucking up all Rubio’s campaign cash when we know that the problem is that the Republican base only supports minority candidates who bash minorities, not ones who try to get “amnesty” for millions of “illegal aliens”?

    All we need to do is compare Rubio to another Cuban-American senator to see the problem here. Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to shut down the government to force the president to deport every possible Latino. This is how a Republican minority is supposed to act. Seems to me like Cruz is the better communicator.

    Who will raise more money and get more delegates?

    I don’t enjoy harping on this stuff, but you can’t do analysis of American politics if you don’t first understand the Republican Party as xenophobic and obsessed with racial purity.


  20. rikyrah says:

    Walter Scott’s Passenger Pierre D. Fulton: ‘He Didn’t Deserve to Die’

    The man who was in the car with Walter Scott before a South Carolina cop shot him to death said Monday that he doesn’t know why Scott ran from North Charleston Officer Michael Slager, “but I know he didn’t deserve to die.”

    The man, Pierre D. Fulton, was publicly identified Monday as the passenger in Scott’s car when Scott he was pulled over April 4.

    He has been questioned by investigators but has refused all news interview requests. In a one-paragraph statement released Monday through his lawyer, Fulton called Scott a “dear friend” who had helped him “become a better man and showed me the value of hard work” over the last five years. He didn’t elaborate.

    “I’ll never know why he ran, but I know he didn’t deserve to die,” Fulton said. “Please keep Walter and his family in your prayers and respect my privacy moving forward.”

    His lawyer said that would be his only public statement.


    • Liza says:

      We’ll never know why Mr. Scott ran because he’s dead and can’t tell us. I suspect that ex-cop turned murderer Michael Slager could provide some insight. Given that Mr. Scott was not a criminal, I would bet that the reason he ran is related to the interraction with Slager. Adrenaline kicks in for a reason.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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