Playlist: Colorado

One of my favorite and most-visited states–Colorado gives us plenty to sing about. The Mile High State is beautiful and rugged and filled with tons to see. No doubt we will be back again and again. But for now, as we explore the south and west of this gorgeous big box, let’s turn up the sound with these fine Colorado hymns:

Rocky Mountain High: I love John Denver. I always have, ever since I was a kid and we’d cruise the west in our big, gray conversion van. Then, in high school, I was the kid who (completely unironically) would blare John Denver cassette tapes on my way to and from school. Like West Virginia, this man sang the song most associated with the state. And you know what? It’s a beautiful fucking song. 

I Guess He’d Rather be in Colorado: Penned by Denver and sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter, this is a fabulous song no matter who sings it. Sad and soul-searching and ghostly; it feels like a mirror to my soul each time I have to leave this state. 

Romance in Durango: Penned by Bob Dylan and performed on a number of occasions (most notably a raucous and true storyteller version during his Rolling Thunder Revue concert), this is a fabulous cut that improves with each listening. 

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