John Denver Wrote This Song About Minnesota’s Spring Season
John Denver summed up how we all feel this season in Minnesota. It is that between-time, where it's technically spring, but it could still snow at any given second. Everyone knows the feeling of longing to be outside on a warm Spring day, especially John Denver. He lived in Minnesota for a while himself, and during that time he wrote the song "Sunshine On My Shoulders", which appeared on his 1971 album " Poems, Prayers & Promises". Songfacts.com says,
Denver wrote this song on an early spring day in Minnesota when the rain was gently falling. He found himself looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.
I think we are all in the same boat right about now. John Denver might not exactly be synonymous with Minnesota, but he did have some pretty deep ties to our great state. His met his first wife Annie while playing a concert at Gustavus, and had a home in Edina for a time in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was at that time when he wrote "Sunshine On My Shoulders", and his career really started to take off. Maybe if we play that song on repeat Spring weather will come faster!