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will the things we wrote today sound as good tomorrow?

Posted on 2006.22.09 at 00:46
where am I: stifling yawns on sundays as the weekends disappear
How I feel about it all: mellowmellow
Soundtrack: Elton John - Writing
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croosa just linked me to this wonderful thing. Dude. It's actually written by the guys who created TMNT. It's gotta be good.

Trailer here.

I'm waay too excited about this. I wonder if mr_t00by knows about it.

Also? i_am_a_hannah called me last night from a Rolling Stones Concert, just to tell me she was there. She didn't get to see much, because she was doing something for Habitat for Humanity. But it was cool that she called. Does she know her mum or not?

My first question: Did they do "Paint It Black"? Because, well. Of course I'd ask that.

I hope they played Memory Motel, because it's all "Hannah baby was a honey of a girl". Which of course, she is. *loves* And of course, if they played it, it'd be without the coolness of the Dave Matthews Factor. :/

Oh, and. on_a_hill is getting a "music of your life" CD exchange together. I am very excited, but OMG. ONE CD? I'll need more than one. The Ten Songs That Mean The Most To Me In The Entire Universe take up one CD. *angsts*


Oh, and #2. Speaking of said Ten Songs, I've been thinking about what my favourite song is, because I've never really had one single favourite song. If I have to pick one, I really think it's Writing. And gee, it only took me thirty a few measley years to figure that one out. 'Course, it's best with the two songs that come after it, but on its own, yeah. I think it's my favourite. Of course, you needed to know that, right?

Ah, the heck with it. Here's the entire album:

Elton John and Bernie Taupin - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)


Just leave the last three songs off when you listen. They're just tacked-on songs that I don't understand. Not part of the original album. Save 'em for later, because they're still cool. They're just not part of the Saga.

This dorky post was brought to you by croosa and i_am_a_hannah, who rock my world, truly.

Going now. *geeks out, stage left*

Comments:


fenlings
fenlings at 2006-09-22 04:11 (UTC) ()
OMG Ninja Turtles.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 04:17 (UTC) ()
I KNOW!!!!ONE!!!!!

I need a Michaelangelo icon. :) *uses Giant Blue Termite as substitute*
on_a_hill at 2006-09-22 09:52 (UTC) ()
hahahaha
I suppose you could do a boxed set if you want. :P
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 10:08 (UTC) ()
I'm thinking through some of the stuff that will be on this CD(s), and I'm all, "yeah, right. People will want to hear this? Because some of my taste is so eclectic it doesn't just border on weird, it crosses right over into unhinged. *g*

I mean, seriously, who has a Bernie Taupin CD? I have TWO. Maybe even three, if I didn't dream I ordered the one I can't find.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-22 11:07 (UTC) ()
I hope you have noticed that the title of my journal is "Inspiration for Navigation" which is of course taken from what Elton/Bernie song??????
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 11:16 (UTC) ()
No, I didn't notice! Most likely because I use my own LJ layout to read my comments. You are way cool.

Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-22 12:31 (UTC) ()
Thanks! I am also very fortunate to have seen Elton in 1976 because he did a few songs from Captain Fantatic on that tour --including Writing. I wish he would do that song in his current set. In fact I wish he would consult with me regarding what songs he should play. I would substitute some of the "greatest hits" for some of the lesser known gems such as Writing.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 12:52 (UTC) ()
Yes.

Please, Sir Elton,

I adore you. But lose "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and give us "Mellow".

Yr fan.

Apparently I'm all about the letters today.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-22 13:05 (UTC) ()
Okay you are a real bonafide fan.
You may appreciate this -- I noticed that in "Old 67" there is a little piano chord progression that is the same that he uses in "Mellow".
Now that is either accidental (ie there is only so many chords he can use!) or it was done on purpose as a treat for his true fans. I choose to believe the latter.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 13:11 (UTC) ()
I'll listen to it again. Such a hardship. *g*

I saw a review on Amazon saying that OMG, he uses a riff from "Captain Fantastic" in "The Captain and the Kid", and how that's lazy and sloppy or somesuch. Um, hello, it was done DELIBERATELY. There's a harpsichord progression in "Curtains" that's right out of Empty Sky. The guy (if it's a guy) doesn't get it.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-22 13:17 (UTC) ()
Unbelievable.
So is Bernie therefore lazy for using a line from "Your Song" in "Old 67"?
Jeez Louise.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-22 13:21 (UTC) ()
I need to write my own review. The ones at Amazon basically are saying, yes, it's a good album, but if you're gushing about it you must be a sentimental fool. At least that was my take on some of the reviews.

Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-23 00:22 (UTC) ()
I know you will set them straight!
I like to think that even though I worship Elton and Bernie that I can be somewhat objective about their music. And I say it is a damn fine album.
:)
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-23 00:40 (UTC) ()
Well, yeah. *g* I mean, there are whole albums I really don't care about (a lot of mid-eighties stuff just makes me say, mneh). They can do crap just like anyone else, but when they DO, it bothers me more because I know they know how not to do it. Um. You follow?

Anyway, because of this, I was ready for disappointment, so it's not like I was sitting around saying I'd love the album no matter what. Do I love it as much as CF? Probably not, but that's where the sentiment comes in. Plus, I think that CF is one of the finest concept albums ever written, and not a whole lot can touch it. And there's a place in my heart that only those ten songs can have. This album gets to live next door. ;)

I'll write the review, but I have to listen a few more times. A knee-jerk response is what some reviewers are being accused of, and I don't want to do that.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-23 11:31 (UTC) ()
A wise strategy.
I agree that the 80s was the low point from a recording perspective (although there would be the odd gem on an album). Fortunately he kept touring and his live concerts were still very enjoyable (note Live In Australia where he, despite voice problems, breathed new wonderful life into some old songs like Sixty Years On, Greatest Discovery, and of course Candle In the Wind).
I kept waiting for a return to form in the recording studio and that started to happen in the 90s and has continued right up to this most recent effort.
Unlike during the 80s, when I now go to an Elton concert I look forward to the new material and don't want to just hear greatest hits from the 70s.
I am so proud that Elton is not just a "nostalgia act" and can still put out music that is relevant and enjoyable.
I don't know that I will ever be able to say how this album compares to the original CF. I was 15 at that time and, being 15, thought that Elton and Bernie wrote everything just for me. And furthermore, the tracks were different from anything I had ever heard before. All I know was that I loved the original back then, and I love the sequel now. The fact that an artist can have two great albums more than 30 years apart is a hell of an accomplishment.
He could have stopped recording after CF and would still go down in history as possibly the greatest artist of all time. The fact that we have over 30 years of other wonderful material is just one big happy blessing.
Sorry for going on I am just very passionate about this topic!!
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-23 15:31 (UTC) ()
Oh, I agree with you. And although I think he did their best work from 1970-76, I'm still a fan of a lot of later stuff. I think that "Sacrifice" is a gorgeous, gorgeous song, and I had a period of time where I would listen to "The One" on repeat loop ad nausaeum. I also love "Nikita", so maybe I'm not all hating on the eighties stuff as much as I thought. And those are just a few examples. I will admit to being completely tired of "Candle in the Wind," which makes me sad because it used to be one of my favourite songs. Contrarily, I've never gotten tired of "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", mostly because it's a chapter in a story. I'm all about concept albums.

Also, Bernie was doing his own thing off to the side during the eighties. Some was good, some wasn't. I like Last Stand in Open Country a lot. Not so much Tribe, because it sounds like a lot of the eighties-ish stuff that Elton was doing. So, yeah, a lot of the mediocrity of the songs can be blamed on sai Taupin as well. They were pretty bad off healthwise back then, IIRC, each with their own addictions and such. So, as I do, I forgive them. The music they're making now is some of the best in years.

I've only within the past few years fully realised that Bernie is a musician as well as a poet, and I wonder why he wasn't part of the (various incarnations of) the band. It's odd, I think.

I don't know that I will ever be able to say how this album compares to the original CF. I was 15 at that time and, being 15, thought that Elton and Bernie wrote everything just for me. And furthermore, the tracks were different from anything I had ever heard before.


Woah, we're the same age! I was fourteen, just a little younger. The world had crushes on Jan-Michael Vincent and the Bay City Rollers. Me, I was all about

Bernie Taupin:



and Paul McCartney:
and such.

I don't think I knew anyone, in 1975, who knew who Bernie was, and it bothered me then and it still does. Captain Fantastic brought Bernie some recognition, at least (although he's always said he didn't want Elton's level of fame). Then, of course, Two Rooms didn't hurt, either. I don't know if it's a better album (CF, that is) than its sequel. My gut says it is, but my gut is directly connected to my heart in this case, so I don't know if I'm qualified to judge. *shrugs*
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-23 16:48 (UTC) ()
Two wonderful choices!! I was lucky I always had a few friends who were Elton and Bernie fanatics like myself. And of course I have converted Noelle into a huge fan. It wasn't hard. All she had to do was listen to the music. And in turn she has converted me into a Peter Gabriel fan. A wonderful humanitarian and musician. Anyway, as for deciding where this album ranks in comparison to all his others, I usually find it is best to wait a few years for the euphoria to wear off. Time will be the ultimate judge, but I have a feeling that I am going to continue to love this.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-23 19:00 (UTC) ()


The review in East End Lights is very favourable.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-25 11:14 (UTC) ()
Thanks. I read a couple of newspaper reviews from the concert in Salt Lake City or somewhere. While they were very positive, it showed that the reviewers knew nothing about Elton and Bernie. The one guy thought that Elton and Bernie had not written together since the 70s and that all the material Elton had done in the 80s and 90s was without Bernie and was therefore "shmaltzy" and not musically relevant. Of course we all know that they were only apart for about two years at best, and furthermore while I don't love all the 80s stuff, his 90s stuff is mostly excellent and sure as hell not "shmaltzy". The idiot reviewer went to on say how Elton was a fabulous "retro act". This drives me insane. HE IS NOT A RETRO ACT. In fact when I go to his concerts I pray he will play newer material and not just greatest hits. Jeez Louise.
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-25 12:58 (UTC) ()
In fact when I go to his concerts I pray he will play newer material and not just greatest hits.

*nods vigourously* Yep. Just because my favourites are mostly his classic stuff does NOT mean I want him to only play that stuff. Because otherwise, nobody would know his new stuff and realise that um, no. Not a retro act by any means.

Also, the more I hear this new CD the more I fall in love with it. I'm pretty sure that "Blues Never Fade Away" is my favourite, but subject to change, most likely.
Doug
eltonroo at 2006-09-25 13:46 (UTC) ()
I think Bernie got you with "and I miss John Lennon's laugh".
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primroseburrows at 2006-09-25 15:38 (UTC) ()
Yeah, maybe. But it's all the rest, too. I think Elton's voice is better than it has been in ages. He even said himself that he likes the way the vocal turned out. And the music's gorgeous.
Richard
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