John Denver - Montana Christmas Skies
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Christmas specials with John Denver have been a favorite holiday tradition with families for years. This 47-minute, 1991 CBS television special finds John Denver joined by friends Clint Black, Katy Mattea, and Patty Loveless on Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Images of Denver on horseback, traversing the wide open plains and herding and roping cattle are interspersed with more intimate looks at Denver, Mattea, Black, Loveless, and other friends gathered for an old-fashioned sing-along in a rustic barn. The interaction between singers is warm and personal and lends a feeling of holiday warmth to powerful songs like "Christmas for Cowboys," "Christ Child's Lullaby," and "Someday Soon." The second half of the special offers a glimpse of Native American traditions, especially focusing on the children of the Fort Belknap Reservation, along with a live concert performance and additional performances in the barn. A children's choir joins Denver in concert versions of fun Christmas songs like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells." Especially moving is Denver's delivery of the ballad "I Want to Live." Denver's ruminations about the changing demographics of the American family and his insights into friendships new and old, the beautiful plains of Montana, and his plea to reach out to others strike a sentimental chord and provide a Christmas message worth pondering through the years. --Tami Horiuchi
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As a true JD fan for decades, it hurts to see him so alive and singing "I want to live" and yet, I feel that his legacy, his music, his ability to help us think and to grow will live on, especially in this video. The Native American Indians and cowboys who share stories along the way only enhance this video.
I have purchased about a dozen copies of this video from amazon.com over the last few years to give to friends here and abroad. They all have truly enjoyed the fine collection of songs.
John may be gone now, but he will never be forgotten. I very highly (rank this 10+ on a scale from 1-5) recommend this to everyone and anyone. It was and remains a classic.
In very good taste and has that country feel to it. I watch and listen early in the Christmas Season.