This evening while I was washing dishes I sang (and yes, danced) along with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s followup to their legendary 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Circle II features a number of great performances, but one of the most poignant is this one by the late John Denver.
His voice had deepened with age and alcohol abuse in his later years, like that of an angel who’d seen hard times, but it never lost that sweetness that first got my attention as a tween back in the early 1970s. The lyrics of this song were peculiarly suited to that more mature sound, as well.
Ashes to ashes, dust into dust,
Palaces will crumble and bridges will rust
Mountains will disappear and rivers will dry up
And so it goes with everything but love. . .