20 10 2009

Elton FaceI was riding in the car with my father on the way home from a baseball game on the night that I found out Princess Diana had been killed in a car accident.  A sad night indeed, but little did I know at the time how much that event would really change my life.  As the media searched for ways to memorialize the fallen Princess, many turned to the song “Candle In the Wind.”  As I watched the memorial service for the princess, I was captivated by the piano player’s simple yet unimagineably soulful performance.  I knew I had to get my paws on a copy of the song Elton John performed at the service.  I had no idea at the time how lucky I was that the record store had not yet gotten the single to “Candle In the Wind 1997,” so I was forced, instead, to settle for Elton John’s Greatest Hits album.  The CD spent the next few months in my stereo; I never took it out as I listened over and over.  That was more than twelve years ago now, and needless to say I’ve amassed many many more Elton John albums that have spent many many more months in my CD players.

It wasn’t long after first listening to Elton’s music that I decided I also needed to play the piano.  Quite a few years earlier, my parents had purchased me a 61-key Casio keyboard.  I got that very keyboard out of my closet, dusted it off, got my hands on an Elton John songbook, and began playing.  First I picked out the right hand part to Your Song, and soon the left hand started to follow.  It is Elton’s playing that inspires me on a daily basis to develop my talent.  

I’ve decided the best way I can pay tribute to all that Elton’s music has taught me, is by playing every song I possibly can.  The intent of this blog is to start from Empty Sky (Elton’s first album) and work my way through every album up to his most recent, The Captain and the Kid.  I will record a video of each song and try to do around one song a day.  If you know anything about Elton’s massive catalouge, then you’ll know this process will take quite some time.  I am unfortunately heavily dependent upon sheet music in my playing and I unfortunately don’t have all the music.  So, I will do my best to cover as much material as possible. 

You might ask yourself why this blog would be of any interest to you.  I’m not sure what the answer is to that question, but it seems like fans of his music and fans of the piano could be entertained. Also, I believe this is a chance for me to explore the reasons why his music has touched me as much as it has.  So, I hope you will tune in as I make this venture through a musical catalouge that has touched millions upon millions across the world.




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