Oh it doesn’t seem a year ago to this very day…

Another year passed, another trip around the sun.  Lest that sound like a sad statement, it truly has been a phenomenal year for the Captain and the Kim.

I must start out with a confession, though: I did not meet my goal of 65 posts this year (one for each of Elton’s 65 years). On the bright side, I did manage to publish 38 so far in 2012…and with this one, that’ll make 39. (In my defense, I do like to be thoughtful with my posts, so sometimes it takes me a while to get them to the point that I’m ready to publish. No comments from the peanut gallery – and that means you, Mark).

Some highlights from the Captain and the Kim in 2012:

  • Seeing Elton 5 times in concert this year, including the Million Dollar Piano show in Vegas
  • Meeting Bernie (!!!)
  • Becoming the proud owner of an autographed (to moi!) Bernie Taupin print (entitled “French Quarter”)
  • Being introduced to the 2Cellos through this latest tour
  • Reading Elton’s autobiography “Love is the Cure”
  • Watching the debut of King Elton in that Pepsi commercial (and I still want those shoes)
  • Celebrating a long awaited and overdue #1 album for Elton vs. Pnau (OK, so it was the UK, but I’ll take it)
  • Meeting lots of new friends and fellow Elton John fans through Facebook (I am not alone!)

I wonder what’s in store for 2013?  The Diving Board is due out (can’t wait!). I so hope he embarks on a special tour with the other two musicians who comprise the trio that are playing on the record. I can just picture him playing small, intimate venues (like the Fox in Atlanta). And who knows, maybe he’ll even be playing in Vegas the week I’m out there.  Wouldn’t that work out just smashingly?  🙂

Here’s to a blessed 2013 for all – especially the Captain, the Kid and all Eltonites out there!

– The Kim

EJ Glasses 2013

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There’s a chance you’ll find an answer in the sky

I always knew there was something about this song, and I recently discovered one of those “six degrees” connections (actually, there’s two of them). But before I get to my silly little connections, let’s talk about the song first.

An underrated and under appreciated song, Answer in the Sky is (imho) one of the boys’ more inspirational (one could even say spiritual) songs.  You know, I’m not an overtly religious person, but I do consider myself spiritual, and this song always gives me goosebumps.  Could be Elton’s rich baritone voice, could be the orchestration, possibly the choir (oh, and Bernie, you had me at “celestial”)…but it always moves me.

And it’s all so much bigger than it seems
And it all overwhelms us now and then
And I’m banking on a chance that we believe
That good can still control the hearts of men

I remember watching Elton perform this live at the NFL Opening Kickoff concert at Gillette Stadium in 2004.  Kind of a risky move to sing a new and unfamiliar song to a football crowd, but I liked it. I really loved that he had an orchestra and a youth choir…it definitely added a fullness that you don’t normally get in a venue like that.

And the official video is interesting, too. No Elton to be seen, the video uses a modern dance troupe against the backdrop of a church as illustration. Perhaps too religiously symbolic (given that I don’t think the song is religious at all), I regard the video with the irony that I believe is intended:

And now for those “Six Degrees of Elton John” connections (for which I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath):

  • My Answer in the Sky #1:  I know this is going to sound silly, but I am not making this up. Really. In college, when I was having trouble debugging a program, I would leave the Computer Center late at night, frustrated, of course, head back to my dorm and go to sleep.  Inevitably, I would wake to a vision of the solution (usually written in Pascal) against the backdrop of a blue sky and fluffy white clouds. No lies. And that answer, if it didn’t solve everything, was the breakthrough I needed to finish the project.  This happened many, many times. (Can I hear the Twilight Zone music playing in the background)?
  • My Answer in the Sky #2: I’ve mentioned this before, but when I’ve been blue or stressed out for a while, I’ll find myself gazing at the sky (usually framed by glistening palm trees here in South Florida) and all of a sudden, things are put in perspective for me.

You don’t need a prayer
And there’s no price to ask why
Sometimes you’ll find an answer in the sky

So, whether you “look into that beautiful blue, that beautiful blue, blue sky”* or if “you stare into the darkness and you see celestial light,” I think Bernie is right. There’s a chance you’ll find your answer in the sky.

Answer in the Sky (Peachtree Road – 2004)

*Name that tune…Hint: I’ve blogged about it previously.

Christmas 2012

Ok, so I went a little over the top for Christmas this year. Perhaps that’s because I was lucky enough to see EJ in concert FIVE.TIMES. in 2012!  I’m still riding that amazing high.

Wanna see, wanna see?

Here’s my splurge for Christmas 2012…

My blinged out iPhone case!

My blinged out iPhone case!

Somehow, it just seems appropos…Elton and bling are synonymous, wouldn’t you agree?  And trust me, this photo doesn’t do the case justice.  It is so sparkly, especially in the sunlight.  Made of all Swarovski crystals, just like EJ’s jackets for the Million Dollar Piano Show.

Here’s the original from which the case was designed.  It’s the Time Magazine cover circa 1975 which featured Elton as Rock’s Captain Fantastic.  (Used to have that cover hanging on my wall as a teenager, btw):

The Original

The Original

Can you say AWESOME?  I mean, really. A special shout out to Ice Diva Designs, who created my lovely Christmas present.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  You should check out some of her other creations…Her Marilyn Monroe case is amazing!

In the spirit of the season, I wish all of you the wonders and joys of Christmas, shared with lots of family, friends and love (and perhaps an Elton John song or two). Because, despite the splurges and the over the topness, that’s what’s Christmas is all about.

P.S. There’s another little EJ gift under the tree for me this year…from my son and daughter (although they have no idea).  Came all the way from Russia.  I’ll share with you soon.