Monday, May 10, 2010

Elton Fever

I don't know where it came from exactly, but I haven't been able to get enough of Elton John lately. One day not too long ago an overwhelming urge to hear 'Levon' swept over me, and I ran out and bought his greatest hits. I've been listening to the double disc set nonstop ever since.

Listening to the old stuff--the stuff my dad used to listen to when I was a kid and it seemed like he was always taking me on errands to the hardware store or hobby shop (my dad was into building remote control airplanes)--has been thoroughly enjoyable. Elton John's songs from the 70's don't age. They're always either fun-fun or bittersweet-fun.

I haven't really followed him over the years, but he's written some good stuff. 'Sacrifice' is a great song. 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues' is also fun to listen to. My wife hasn't groaned when I've put him in the CD player yet, so I've still got a little while yet to get it out of my system.

Sometimes listening to a certain musician feels like taking a big drink of water. Music is the best thing that human beings have invented; It's certainly better than religion, which is another thing we've invented. Humans are good little inventors.

Here's another Elton John song that I didn't know existed that has really been satisfying to listen to. I love his change in attitude as he's gotten older, and the experience in his voice really works for him.

I'm glad he was born:

cross posted at Kos.


Willie Y said...

I've been a fan along time.There is nobody better at producing great music. Some of his simplest songs are some of my favorites, like " Blue Eyes".

Spencer Troxell said...

He does perform straight ahead music really well, but some of that early stuff...I remember riding around in my dad's car when I was five or six trying to process the lyrics from Levon: "He was born a pauper to a pawn on a christmas day, when the new york times said god is dead..." woah. Bernie & Elton had my imagination from the beginning.

Lodo Grdzak said...

Lady Gaga's got nothing on that suit.

Edward said...

Elton is single-handedly the reason I became a musician.