Collecting submarine numbers on the main street of the sea

I’ve met a lot of fellow Eltonites – really cool people, I might add – through Facebook and other social media outlets. Who would have thought there were other (obsessed?) people like me out there?

One of the things that struck me about these new friends is how loyal they are, not only to Elton and Bernie, but to each other.  It is very gratifying.

Another thing: I used to think I knew a lot about Elton, but, my goodness, my new friends put me to shame!

I’ve also been struck by the magnitude of memorabilia and collectibles out there. I could kick myself for not keeping some of my EJ items over the years (yes, I even discarded ticket stubs).  My collection pales in comparison to many of my fellow Eltonites’, but it provides me with much satisfaction.  I guess I’ve got all that I’m allowed.

Anyhoo, I thought I’d share with you my humble collection.  Let’s start with what I call the Shrine.  I don’t have a whole room dedicated to Elton like some of my compatriots  – YET.  (Sorry, Wayne).  Just one third of a wall unit:

The Shrine

The Shrine

Of course, there are the requisite CDs, albums, and videos…but some of my personal favorites are the Christopher Radko Christmas ornament, given to me by my sister Cindy), the Elton John Russian Doll set and the scrapbook from my trip to Vegas last year to see the Million Dollar Piano Show. (Try not to notice that my Captain Fantastic bobblehead is missing – it had a bit of an accident…ouch! Can you  say Super Glue)?

My latest addition: The Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road ice cream container from Ben & Jerry’s commemorating Elton’s first concert in Vermont in 2010…courtesy of Ms. Lucy Frisk.

I’ve just now started collecting pins/badges as well as 45s, inspired by those avid EJ collectors I mentioned earlier. The price point is reasonable for both of these types of collectibles. I’ve got a ways to go before I even come close to what they have, but it’s fun finding items and expanding the collection.

In the same room, I have my wall of EJ…using album covers as art (I can switch them around as I wish):

The Wall

The Wall

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my Bernie artwork – signed by the man himself – of which I am a proud owner:

French Quarter pour moi

French Quarter pour moi

Finally, I’ve got a very modest collection of T-shirts.  I’m not a T-shirt wearer, so I never got into collecting them (although I kind of regret it now). I do like the women’s versions (with their ever flattering v-necks), except that they seem to be made for the physique of the average teenage girl (AKA, they are very tiny).  I mean, who do they think most Elton fans are?

The Closet

The Closet

So there you go.  Forty years of my life can fit into some shelves, a few walls and part of closet.  But these are just things, of course.  What’s truly valuable (and cherished) are the memories that are forever etched in my heart.

So keep well, keep well old friend
And have another drink on me
Just ignore all the others you got your memories
You got your memories

Fifty Shades of Grey Seal

I’ve always been enamored by the range and nuances of Elton’s voice.  Just like he’s played so many genres of music (and most pretty darn well, I might add), his voice takes on different tones and textures – through the songs of a single album and through the songs of so many years. I’m sure these variances are sometimes spawned by Bernie’s lyrics, sometimes by the orchestration and sometimes just by how he feels like singing, but it’s always amazed me that he can use his voice in so many different ways.

EltonJohnAlbumCovers

Alas, the years have moved on, and the nuances are less distinct and less common these days, but the voice is deeper, richer (and definitely much more precise in his pronunciations).

Anyway, to prove my point, I present to you Fifty Shades of Grey Seal…

  1. Country Elton (Turn The Lights Out When You Leave, Roy Rogers)
  2. Soulful Elton (Healing Hands)
  3. Heartbroken Elton (Candle in the Wind 1997)
  4. Innocent Elton (I Need You To Turn To)
  5. Sassy Elton (Monkey Suit)
  6. Wistful Elton (Come Down In Time)
  7. Bitchy Elton (No need to elaborate here)
  8. Very Young Elton (Lady What’s Tomorrow)
  9. Rock ‘n Roll Elton (Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, The Cage)
  10. Sentimental Elton (Tonight)
  11. Crooner Elton (Blue Eyes, Breaking Hearts Ain’t What It Used To Be)
  12. Melancholy Elton (One More Arrow)
  13. Respectful Elton (Candle in the Wind)
  14. Inquisitive Elton (Birds)
  15. R&B Elton (Club At The End Of The Street, Bennie and the Jets)
  16. Bluesy Elton (The Wasteland)
  17. Defiant Elton (I Don’t Want To Go On With You Like That, Made In England)
  18. Whimsical Elton (Solar Prestige A Gammon)
  19. Gospel Elton (Amazes Me)
  20. Pensive Elton (Where To Now St. Peter?)
  21. Thought Provoking Elton (Ticking, Talking Old Soldiers)
  22. Let’s Have a Little Fun Elton (Bite Your Lip Get Up and Dance)
  23. Irreverent Elton (They Call Her the Cat)
  24. Reverent Elton (Candle in the Wind)
  25. Reawakened Elton (Skyline Pigeon for Ryan White)
  26. Philosophical Elton (Circle of Life)
  27. Political Elton (Fascist Faces, Merry Christmas Margaret Thatcher)
  28. Honest Elton (Blues Never Fade Away)
  29. Bad Boy Elton (Angeline)
  30. Earnest Elton (American Triangle)
  31. Thankful Elton (Someone Saved My Life Tonight)
  32. Jazzy Elton (The House Fell Down, Heavy Traffic)
  33. Indefatigable Elton (I’m Still Standing)
  34. Gospel Elton (Answer In The Sky, Amazes Me)
  35. French Elton (Donner Pour Donner)
  36. Pioneer Elton (Ballad Of A Well Known Gun)
  37. Introspective Elton (Idol)
  38. Homesick Elton (Grimsby, Tell Me When the Whistle Blows)
  39. Silly Elton (Ho! Ho! Ho! Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas)
  40. A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll Elton (Amoreena)
  41. Romantic Elton (Tiny Dancer, Pinky)
  42. Poignant Elton (The Greatest Discovery)
  43. Americana Elton (I Feel Like A Bullet, The Retreat)
  44. Sorrowful Elton (The Last Song)
  45. Yearning Elton (Planes, Whispers)
  46. Rebellious Elton (Burn Down The Mission)
  47. Optimistic Elton (Blessed)
  48. Exasperated Elton (This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore)
  49. Worldly Elton (Nikita)
  50. Nostalgic Elton (Old 67)

Do I have a favorite voice? Hmm…that’s hard to say.  I do love Gospel and R&B Elton, particularly as his voice has matured and deepened over the years.  To me, though, my favorite all-time vocal is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.  In that song, his voice is (imho) perfection.

What’s your favorite Elton voice?