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Every day's John Denver day on YouTube

Despite (or perhaps because) of the fact that I'm a native Coloradan, I despise John Denver's music. But there's no denying that his compositions continue to connect with amateur musicians in this country and beyond. Footage of Denver lovers trying their hand at one of his tunes pops up on YouTube with frightening regularity; there have been six posts in just the last day. Here's your chance to see if performances by the likes of Ilona, who was eleven when the bizarre video above was shot, and the quintet of fresh clips on view after the jump deepen your love of J.D.'s work or add to your loathing. I know what they did for me...

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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