“How wonderful life is”: Listening — always! — to Elton John

Still on an Elton John kick — and I suspect I will be, for a while, since I’ve just gotten tickets to see him for the very first time ever when he comes to Madison Square Garden this December. His songs have been a fundamental part of the soundtrack of my childhood; “Rocket Man” and “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” absolutely captivated me with EJ’s musical melancholy — and, of course, lyricist Bernie Taupin’s evocative stories of the lonely astronaut in the soul-aching emptiness of space, the rich men rising and hobos drowning, the sons of bankers and sons of lawyers who know not if it’s dark outside or light. Deep, mind-expanding stuff, for a kid — and for a grownup, for that matter. And I cannot wait to see this living legend and hear the voice that’s been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Anyway. Here’s “Your Song,” one of the sweetest love songs ever penned, and one of late-era EJ’s best performances that I’ve seen online. Enjoy.

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2 responses to ““How wonderful life is”: Listening — always! — to Elton John

  1. Dokeo

    OK, you just blew my mind. Mad Hatters?!? I’ve always thought the line was “Mona Lisa’s in Manhattan…” Now, excuse me while I go off and say good morning to the night.

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