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About the song

John Denver’s Aspenglow. A song that evokes the spirit of a crisp winter wonderland, nestled amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains. Denver, a folk icon known for his odes to nature and simple living, takes us on a journey to the heart of Aspen, Colorado, in this delightful tune.

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Released in 1971 on his album Take Me To Tomorrow, Aspenglow found a new home a few years later on his immensely popular Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975). This dual inclusion speaks to the song’s versatility. It captures the essence of a cozy winter escape, complete with the promise of snowfall and warm gatherings, but it doesn’t explicitly mention Christmas. This allows listeners to enjoy its idyllic imagery throughout the winter season.

The title itself, Aspenglow, paints a vivid picture. As the sun dips below the horizon, it casts a warm, golden light on the aspen trees, their leaves shimmering like a million tiny coins. Denver, an avid skier and outdoorsman, must have witnessed this breathtaking spectacle countless times during his visits to Aspen.

The melody is a gentle acoustic folk ballad, perfectly suited to the introspective mood of the lyrics. The fingerpicking guitar weaves a bed of warmth, while Denver’s signature baritone voice delivers the evocative imagery. We can practically feel the crisp mountain air and smell the pine trees as he sings about sunlight filtering through the pines and the taste of “winter wine,” a detail that adds a touch of sophistication and comfort to the scene.

The first verse sets the stage: “See the sunlight through the pine / Taste the warm of winter wine / Dream of softly falling snow / Winterskol, Aspenglow.” Winterskol, a lesser-known term, refers to a winter carnival traditionally held in Aspen, adding a touch of local flavor. It’s a subtle detail that would resonate with those familiar with the area, but doesn’t alienate listeners from other regions.

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As the song progresses, Denver paints a picture of a community brought together by the winter season. “Hearts grow warmer with the cold / Peace of mind is all you know,” he sings. The harshness of winter seems to melt away, replaced by a sense of tranquility and connection. The repetition of “Winterskol, Aspenglow” throughout the song serves as a powerful refrain, a mantra that captures the essence of this idyllic winter escape.

Aspenglow is more than just a winter song; it’s a celebration of simple pleasures, the beauty of nature, and the warmth of human connection. It’s a testament to John Denver’s ability to capture the essence of a place and weave it into a song that resonates with listeners of all ages. So, sit back, close your eyes, and let Aspenglow transport you to a winter wonderland where the sun paints the aspens gold and the spirit of community burns bright.

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“Aspenglow”

See the sunlight through the pine, taste the warm of winter wine
Dream of softly falling snow, Winterskol, Aspenglow
As the winter days unfold, hearts grow warmer with the cold
Peace of mind is all you know, Winterskol, Aspenglow

Aspen is a life to live, see how much there is to give
See how strongly you believe, see how much you may receive

Smiling faces all around, laughter is the only sound
Memories that can’t grow old, Winterskol, Aspenglow

Aspen is a life to live, see how much there is to give
See how strongly you believe, see how much you may receive

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See the sunlight through the pine, taste the warm of winter wine
Dream of softly falling snow, Winterskol, Aspenglow
As the winter days unfold, hearts grow warmer with the cold
Peace of mind is all you know, Winterskol, Aspenglow
Winterskol, Aspenglow