Will the things we wrote today sound as good tomorrow?

Silly boys, but of course they will!

And we were oh oh, so you know
Not the kind to dawdle
Will the things we wrote today
Sound as good tomorrow
We will still be writing
In approaching years
Stifling yawns on Sundays
As the weekends disappear

And they have been (for going on 6 decades)!  For me, they’ll always be relevant. (Can’t wait for the EJ/BT/Leon Russell collaboration this fall).

As a wannabe writer, this song hit home with me from the start.  And it’s such a happy, perhaps even relieved song.  A collective and well-deserved “Ahhhhhhhhhh…” from the boys.

BTW, this song is from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, an album that doesn’t have a bad track on it.  And must I remind you that it debuted at number 1 – the first album EVER to do that?!  If I recall correctly, it went platinum before it even arrived at the stores!

We could stretch our legs if we’d half a mind
But don’t disturb us if you hear us trying
To instigate the structure of another line or two

I just love the way that last line sounds!

And I love the percussion (kudos, Ray!) in this tune, too.  I’ve always said that this song sounds so “British” – whatever that means.

Now here’s Writing for your listening pleasure.

Writing (Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy – 1975)

Mona Lisas, Mad Hatters and Moi

Ok, so this is my all-time favorite (as if I could really pick a favorite).  And I’m not even a NYC fan.

While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers
Turn around and say good morning to the night
For unless they see the sky
But they can’t and that is why
They know not if it’s dark outside or light

Pure poetry.

Supposedly, Bernie’s lyrics were inspired by Ben E. King  (“There is a rose in Spanish Harlem”):

And now I know
Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say
I thought I knew
But now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City

I guess I’ll have to listen to Ben E. King’s song one day.

IMHO, this is the quintessential Elton/Bernie collaboration:

  • Lyrics: Gorgeous, even raw at times, but that fits the theme
  • Vocals: EJ at his absolute best and purest
  • Orchestration: Simple, elegant (And Davy’s mandolin is especially alluring)

As a side note, I’ve only heard EJ perform this live in concert once (even though I’ve been to at least 20).  Of course, it was at a concert in NY.  I know he has to play the “Juke Box,” but I always love it when he includes some of his more obscure tunes in the set list.

Enjoy it as much as I do!

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Honky Château – 1972)

My Sister’s Surprise

I’d been eagerly awaiting the movie version of My Sister’s Keeper for years.  I adore the book and have recommended it to many friends, including (especially?) my sisters.  I even made plans with my sister Lisa to see it together when I first found that they were making a movie.

Yes, the movie was quite good, although I was really disappointed that they changed the ending (that made the book)!  Regardless, tears were flowing throughout the theatre.  (I never saw a movie theater usher come by with a box of tissues before)!

When the movie was over, my sister and I were sitting in our seats regaining our composure when, what to my surprise, there’s an EJ song playing through the credits! Turns out its Jeff Buckley singing “We All Fall in Love Sometimes.” It took me about 3 notes (ask my sister!) to recognize that it was an EJ song.  So, of course, we had to sit until the song finished playing.

I’ve always liked this song, and Jeff’s version has very different orchestration and vocals.  It is quite beautiful nonetheless.  Melancholy and almost spiritual.  And knowing that he passed away, perhaps even more so.

If you haven’t heard it, you should:

We All Fall in Love Sometimes (Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy – 1975)

Blessed

And now for my first real blog entry…

I write about this song, not because it’s my favorite (although it’s up there), but because I listened to it yesterday while driving with my kids, so it’s top of mind.  “Blessed” came out in 1995, and I was pregnant with my daughter at the time.  I used to sing it to her in utero (yes, really).  So now this song is forever intertwined with her.

And you, you’ll be blessed
You’ll have the best
I promise you that
I’ll pick a star from the sky
Pull your name from a hat
I promise you that, promise you that, promise you that
You’ll be blessed

I know this song isn’t literally about expecting a child – it’s about unbridled hope and anticipation.  But since I was, indeed, expecting at the time, the literal interpretation held just as much meaning.  And I was so thrilled that my second child was a girl…I had (and still do) have such unbridled hope for her.  Perfect timing = a perfect song.

BTW, I didn’t pull my daughter’s name (Chloe) from a hat…I discovered that it means “blossoming,” and I thought that would be a wonderful name for my daughter to live up to.  And the fact that EJ has a song of the very same name is certainly a nice perk!

Oh, yes, and EJ’s voice and the music in Blessed are spot on, too.

And now here’s Blessed.

*Blessed (Made in England – 1995)

Six Degrees

Oh yeah, I forgot to explain the subtitle of this blog, which is “Six Degrees of Elton John.”

You know the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”…where any actor can be linked through his/her film roles to Kevin Bacon (the actor) within six steps?

Well, I have this theory that anything in life can be related back to Elton John in six steps or less, too.  Usually through a song, sometimes through what he’s said or done, sometimes through another artist he’s worked with or influenced and often to the torture of my family and friends, I can relate just about anything to EJ.

Say, for example, you mention John Mayer.  Well, I can tell you that John Mayer once said he knew he was on his way when he got a call from Elton John (that’s one degree).  Challenge me to connect “curtains” to EJ – and I’ll just sigh and say, that’s easy, he’s got a song by that title (that’s zero degrees).  And so on…(My daughter, however, reminds me that I have yet to connect cottage cheese to EJ, but I’m still working on that).

So, not only will I openly, incessantly and arguably obnoxiously celebrate the musical genius of Elton and Bernie in this blog, I may also from time to time use this platform to prove my theory.

Humor me…

This post has no title…

…just words and a tune…*

Welcome to “The Captain and the Kim” blog! In case you’re wondering what this blog is all about, it is simply my very humble homage to Elton John, whose music has meant so much to me for so long.

Of course, the Captain is EJ, the Kid is Bernie and the Kim is me.

Yes, I may wax sentimental about those songs that mean the most to me…I may opine about songs that I think are particularly noteworthy…and I may talk about things that I just feel like talking about. Goodness, there’s such a compendium of Elton songs, quotes, accomplishments and news to choose from, I could be busy blogging for a long, long time.  And who knows, perhaps some other folks may join in the homage, too.

So, here’s to the start of my modest attempt to say “Thank You” to both EJ and BT.  If along the way I am able to introduce someone to an Elton song or a Bernie sentiment that they hadn’t heard before – and they think, “Hey, that’s really cool” or “I’d like to hear more” – then the purpose of my blog is fulfilled.

*This Song Has No Title (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – 1973)

** Well, actually, there are 2 songs cited in this post…can you find the other one?