Song: "Perhaps Love"
Writer: John Denver
Album: Perhaps Love by Placido Domingo
Original Release: September 1981
Humility in the face of love: a potent and timeless theme in music and poetry. John Denver wrote "Perhaps Love" as his first marriage was falling apart. He wrote it for Placido Domingo, the opera megastar, for the latter's crossover album. The two sang the song as a rather odd though commercially successful duet. The song caught on when a Philadelphia station started playing it hourly because... the station owner's wife had a crush on Domingo.
I first heard the song in music class in what must have been the third grade. I liked it a lot and, as luck would have it, my father had bought the album so I went home to listen to it some more. I'd forgotten about it, though, until Denver included it on his acoustic album Love Again in 1997. By then, of course, I'd also had a lot more experience with the song's subject matter and was able to appreciate it all the more.
I can't deny it. I'm a sucker for songs like this. Below are both versions. I prefer John solo but the duet is fun in its way.