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Today’s Saturday Sing-a-long is kind of a triple-header. Not musically, but you can’t have this John Denver song without this ship — the Calypso, captained by Jacques Cousteau. Special thanks to the very eclectic badfish (Oh! fish! How appropriate…) for reminding me of John Denver and my favorite song by him. I humbly dedicate this post to the lovely (despite his protestations) badfish! You can visit him at his “home” at Badfish Out of Water.


John DenverJohn Denver

Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was firmly established as America’s best-selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft at the age of 53. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau commonly known in English as Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)



RV Calypso is a former British Royal Navy minesweeper converted into a research vessel for the oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau, equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research. It was severely damaged in 1996, and was supposed to undergo a complete refurbishment in 2009-2011. The ship is named after the Greek mythological figure Calypso. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


I would LOVE to be a dolphin for a day and see what it feels like to fly out of the water like that!