Mayor John Suthers' sound advice 

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Mayor John Suthers isn’t a Springs native, but he got here as fast as he could. “I was 3 weeks old when I came to Colorado Springs and literally grew up with the city,” he said in a 2018 Colorado Springs Business Journal interview. “There were about 40,000 people here when I came at 3 weeks old. Now there are more than 40,000 college students.” He served as district attorney, U.S. Attorney, state Department of Corrections chief and Colorado’s Attorney General before being elected Springs mayor in 2015. And though most immediately he’s running for a second mayoral term, he took the long view in an interview with The Colorado Sun: “Ultimately for me — and I don’t want to sound too corny — I settled in a long time ago when I decided my choices in life. My test is what opportunities present the best chance to become a good ancestor.”

Essential Saturday night listening: My wife Janet and I love to go to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. I like pops, classical, musicals — just about anything. I have no musical talent myself and am very appreciative of those that do.

Essential Sunday morning listening: At church, I like the classics like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” At home, I like to have easy listening music in the background, such as The Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert, The Seekers and Mantovani.

Favorite musicals: My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

First record I bought with my own money: I can’t believe I remember this, but it was You Were on My Mind by We Five. The album also included “Somewhere Beyond the Sea,” “Softly, as I Leave You,” “My Favorite Things” and “Tonight.”

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar, which was used extensively in Ken Burns’ The Civil War series, instantly puts me in a mindset of great appreciation for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: Anything heavy metal makes my head ache.

Guilty pleasure: I love listening to “golden oldies.” Songs from the ’60s won’t make me young again, but they allow me to fondly reminisce about a relatively carefree time in my life.


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