Happy (belated) second, The Captain and the Kim!

I almost forgot! (Well, technically, I guess I did forget, but…)

Yesterday marked the second anniversary of The Captain and the Kim.  97 posts later and I’ve got so much more to blog about! And I’m having fun, too.

I’ll need to play some catch up if I’m going to make my 65 posts in 2012 for Elton’s 65th birthday…I’ve only posted 20 so far this year, a far cry from the 5 per month I need to average to make my goal.  Bear with me! Sometimes little things like work, family and the flu get in the way.  (And not having my vast collection of EJ CDs from which to draw my inspiration…hint, hint, sister!)

Thought this was as good a time as ever to share a few of my favorite posts with you:

Here’s to more blog posts, yes, but most importantly, here’s to more music from Sir Elton!

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Hmmmm…

On July 17, Australian dance music duo Pnau is releasing a remix album of Elton John hits called Good Morning to the Night.  (I can name that tune in one note).

I understand that Elton is very excited about this project, and I can imagine that Pnau is thrilled, but, me, I’m undecided.  Call me a purist, but I just can’t imagine certain (most?) Elton John songs remixed to a dance beat.

I know I should keep an open mind, but I heard the first single, Sad, from the album.  Thus the hmmmm….

Here’s the video – let me know what you think:

It is a remix/recreation of several Elton songs, including Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Crazy Water and Curtains.

Lest I be guilty of repeating myself, hmmm…

I know, I know, Elton has said it is the greatest compliment for someone else to sing one of his songs…I guess I’m just not so generous.  But I’ll try to take Elton’s perspective that this represents a new genre of music.  Here’s a video of Elton and Pnau talking about the project:

Ok, Pnau, I see your point – “Taking this genius music and giving it new life.”  If you put it that way, I guess I’m in.  And I must admit that the little snippet of Madman Across the Water remixed is intriguing.

Needless to say, the CD is pre-ordered, and I promise to give it a few spins before I rush to judgment.  And (of course) I’ll be blogging about it.

Stay tuned…

To be continued…

…The Pilgrimage, Part Deux, that is.  (Not to be confused with the 4-disc boxed set sharing the same title as this blog post).

Looks like I’m going to see Elton again in September! On the 14th, to be exact, in Tampa, Florida, at the grand opening of the newly renovated USF Sun Dome Stadium.  That will make 5 times in 2012!  (Dare I say so far?)

Got my Rocket Club tickets – I’m just curious as to how good they’ll be in a stadium format.  Haven’t seen Elton play a stadium since the Face to Face Tour with Billy Joel at Joe Robbie Stadium.  (That would be 1995, in case you were wondering.  When it was still called Joe Robbie Stadium).

This concert will wrap up a busy and exciting summer for me, following the release of Elton’s memoir, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS, on July 17 and the new album, Good Morning to the Night (Elton John vs. Pnau), also on the 17th.

After all that,  I can focus my groupie energies on his forthcoming album, The Diving Board, scheduled for a February release.  (And blogging, of course).

Señorita play guitar, play it just for you

I celebrated a birthday recently, and for some reason (hmmmm..could it be that I’m getting older?), this song – Sixty Years On – came to mind.  No, it’s not because I turned 60 (I still have several journeys around the sun until I reach that milestone), but I did find myself thinking about Elton opening up his 60th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden with this classic.

Funny, when I first heard this song, so many years ago, I thought I would never be able to relate to it.  LOL.  Sixty ain’t that far off now, is it, sister?

Lyrics haunting, music and vocals drawing you into the story, this is truly a beautiful song, accompanied by a quintessential Paul Buckmaster orchestral arrangement, typical of that era of EJ music.  Something I’ve always loved about Elton’s music, as a matter of fact.

The song is about an aging and lonely Civil War veteran, eerily reminiscent of Talking Old Soldiers (perhaps vice versa, since this one was written first).  I say eerily, because it amazes me that these songs were written by two men who were in their early twenties.

Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita play guitar, play it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through

Sixty Years On is on the eponymous Elton John album.  It was released in the US in 1970, his first album to be released in the US (Empty Sky wasn’t released in the US until 1975).

Anyway, turning 60 isn’t as scary to me as it was way back when…but I’m not there yet!  Can’t say that I like the thought, but compared to the protagonist of this song, what I bring to that milestone will be far less heavy and burdensome.

Here’s something you don’t see very often – Elton performing without his piano for BBC TV circa 1970:

And here are a couple more versions for you to enjoy:

The Album Version

The 60th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden

(I love the look he gives the crowd when he sings “when I’m sixty years of age” – quintessential Elton cheekiness)…

Sixty Years On (Elton John – 1969)