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Slight correction - Neil Young book - it's Jimmy McDonough...


Shoot, shoot, shoot! I goofed! Thanks for catching that, Jill. It's all fixed now.


Elton's Yellow Brick Road album is the soundtrack to my freshman college year.


I just bought "Madman across the Water" -- driving home in the rain, "Razar Face" was playing loud through the speakers. Not sure what Michael Berube would say about that song...but it....was... awesome! Other great Elton songs: 1) Levon, 2) Feel like a bullet (in the gun of Robert Ford), 3) The greatest discovery..and so many more. I'm surprised he didn't talk about Bowie's "Hunky Dory" --


One beautiful spring afternoon in the early 90s, when I was still teaching, I was walking across campus and as I passed by a dorm where the windows were all open I heard blaring from somebody's speakers "Bennie and the Jets." Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was part of the soundtrack of another generation of college kids' freshman year! Kids who weren't born when it was released!

Every few years for most of his career Elton has managed to throw a new song at the pop charts and make it stick and a whole new group of kids run out to buy all his old albums...or now download the best songs off them.

He'll be part of the soundtrack of our grandchildren's college days, I think. When we're in our rockers we'll hear him singing:

"I'm still standing! Yeah, yeah, yeah!"


M. Berube's essay has forever tarnished a loved song, "Grey Seal" -- now I'm always going to think about it sounding like a 'motivational corporate video' :) (ok, it kinda does) -- Also, everyone slammed "Bennie and the Jets" -- I still play it really loud when it comes on the radio! Everyone pretty much slammed Elton all the way....maybe that's why he comes across so pompous and defensive when I see him interviewed.

I once read a Billy Joel interview where he was SO sad over how the critics never gave him any credit. He is what he is. I felt bad for him. If I would've written "Vienna" -- I would proud of it!

My son just turned 13 on Saturday -- and suddenly, within the last few months, he's asking me all about The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Clapton, The Ramones, Rolling Stones, etc.

So, now his walls are covered in their posters and their music's blaring from his new stereo.

And I had to laugh a little when we got into a *little* argument last night over how long his hair is!

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