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Tiny Dancer

Those of you that grow up in the 60's and 70's will remember and appreciate the early days of Elton John's career with famous hits like “Your Song” and “Bennie and the Jets” – along with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and “Daniel”. The song “Tiny Dancer” is one of my all time favorites (along with the song “The One” and “Your Song”) and brings back many wonderful memories of my youth.

Bernie Taupin, friend and lyricist songwriting partner to Elton's amazing melodies and piano arrangements is said to have written these words for his wife, Maxine – who really was a ballerina and seamstress traveling with their band. Bernie would see her dancing on the side of the stage and he was inspired to pen these very famous lyrics. They were married in 1971 and Elton was best man. It is also in 1971 that Elton recorded the live performance below.

No matter what your personal opinion is of Elton John, who will have to admit that he was and still is a very talented and accomplished writer and musician – spanning a career of some 45 years. He is also responsible for writing the beautiful musical scores to many Disney animated movies such as “Lion King” which are poignant and timeless.

If you grew up when I did – you will love this “acoustic” performance of the very well known hit. What is your favorite Elton John song? What memories do you have when you hear it played now?

Enjoy this special recording of “Tiny Dancer” – it always makes me smile 🙂

God Bless

 

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Love Song

The following song sung by the legendary Elton John, is one of my favorite love songs.  Somebody put together this wonderful video of couples in love – it is really beautiful and timely as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy and God Bless


The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true,
Until you give your love,
There’s nothing more that we can do.

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew,
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you

Love is the key we must turn.
Truth us the flame we must burn.
Freedom the lesson we must learn.
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

Grey Seal

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My blogging and google+ buddies got me started on Spotify – a unique music software program that allows you to build a music library. I have been searching when I have a few minutes – for music from my past – things I have forgotten about. Back in the day I loved Elton John – and yesterday while searching through every song he ever recorded – stumbled on this one.  I haven’t heard it in 35 years.  Hope it brings back as many memories for you as it did for me 🙂

What is your most memorable music group from the past? Have you been able to dig up some of their songs lately with things like Spotify or YouTube?  I’d love to hear some of your favorites!

God Bless

Why’s it never light on my lawn
Why does it rain and never say good-day to the new-born
On the big screen they showed us a sun
But not as bright in life as the real one
It’s never quite the same as the real one
chorus
And tell me grey seal
How does it feel to be so wise
To see through eyes
That only see what’s real
Tell me grey seal

I never learned why meteors were formed
I only farmed in schools that were so worn and torn
If anyone can cry then so can I
I read books and draw life from the eye
All my life is drawings from the eye

[repeat chorus]

Your mission bells were wrought by ancient men
The roots were formed by twisted roots
Your roots were twisted then
I was re-born before all life could die
The Phoenix bird will leave this world to fly
If the Phoenix bird can fly then so can I

Your Song

My generation grew up with the music of Elton John.  His music was and still is what I think of when I remember junior high and high school days.  And no matter what you think of him personally, you would have to agree that you also know his music well – and his is a talent that has stood the test of time.

I have many favorite Elton John songs – not the least of which is one of his first hits, the song “Your Song”.  It is hard to “cover” his songs – as Elton’s voice is very unique – but I think we may have found someone who can do one of them justice.  Last night on American Idol – Casey Abrams gave a very tender rendition of this wonderful song and before youtube pulls it off for copyright infringement for the show – I hope if you did not see it last night live – you can watch it here.

Enjoy and God Bless  (and vote for Casey!)

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