Sunshine on My Shoulders

Imagine it. You’re trudging through a pile of slush in your boots and overcoat, wondering when the grey sky will clear. Then suddenly the sun breaks through and, voila!, the world is looking pretty good again.

Now, imagine you could wrap that sunshine up and send it to someone special to brighten their day. And there you have it, John Denver’s 1973 contemporary folk hit that played all over the radio for weeks on end.

We’ll do it up right with a guitar accompaniment at our next concert performance, Sun, Moon & Stars, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne. See you there!

Fun Facts:

  • Sunshine on My Shoulders went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Denver wrote the song in Minnesota in late winter while in a melancholy frame of mind.
  • It became the theme song of the 1973 movie Sunshine.
  • Denver, an activist and humanitarian, died at 53 when the light plane he was piloting crashed in Monterey Bay in California.