25 Days Of Christmas Music 2022: Day 1

Happy December, everybody!!!

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We have officially arrived at the Christmas season so what better way to celebrate this festive time of year than with a daily countdown of great holiday songs to usher in the big day. All are welcome even if you are not a fan of this genre or you do not observe the holiday. Great music of any kind should be enjoyed by all.

We begin with an iconic artist who held his final U.S. concert last month at Dodger Stadium in California. It was also livestreamed so anyone who wanted to could watch the show that closed the American leg of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. From the first time I heard “Daniel” I was completely enamoured with Sir Elton Hercules John and his impossibly prolific, eloquent & poignant lyricist, Bernie Taupin. It was one of the first records I ever bought for myself and John’s 1974 “Greatest Hits” compilation was the first album I ever owned. I have loved, adored and worshiped him for my entire life.

He has been a vital part of music and culture from day one. His artistry, his philanthropy, his 1997 Princess Diana tribute song, his foray into songs for film & Broadway and his own 2019 biopic, “Rocketman”, confirmed his legendary status while continuing his reign as one of the greatest artists of all time.

Even though my reverence for John knows no bounds, I have not been able to bring myself to watch his last concert yet. As happy as I am for him that he has found such happiness and contentment in his personal life with his husband and two sons, the idea of never attending another one of his shows just crushes my heart. It is a chapter I just do not want to close. But John deserves every blessing in life for his mere existence in this world for all the sublime music he has bestowed upon the world for over 50 years. His melodies & Taupin’s lyrics are love, light, hope & joy defined.

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Top: Two images from Elton John’s 1975 concert at Dodger Stadium. Bottom: John’s last show in America at the same stadium in November 2022. The last photo shows John on stage the night of the show when he was joined on stage by his two sons and husband, David Furnish. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Elton John: “Step Into Christmas” (1973,written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin).

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!

Let’s Take A Moment Day 239

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Day 203 commemorated the release date of Elton John’s opus, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. Well, on this day in 1973, the album hit #1 in America and held that spot for eight consecutive weeks. The year ended with his record in the top spot and, coincidently, so did 1974. That year came to a close with “Elton John’s Great Hits” in the #1 album spot.

The title track of “Brick Road” was released before the album and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 chart. But even if it was never a hit, I would still consider it one of John’s best songs of all time. It was always one of the high points at every concert of his I ever attended. And it was featured in one of the most riveting scenes from John’s 2019 biopic, “Rocketman”.

You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn’t sign up with you
I’m not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing the blues
“.

Elton circa 1977

Elton John circa 1974. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Elton John: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1973, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Thrifted Finds Friday

Hi, everybody.  I am happy to report I had another successful estate sale experience this week.  I found this beautiful silver salt & pepper set for $6.00.

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I have not cleaned the pair yet because I wanted to share them as they were found.  I love the details on both the top and bottom of each shaker.  And I love how the tops resemble finials.

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There is no label on the bottom so I do not know who the manufacturer is, but I just adore this little pair.  I love the signs of gentle wear.  They tell you this set was well loved and well used.  How pretty will they look on a table of vintage mismatched china?

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Have any of you been thrfting lately?  I would love to see your finds.  Please share them with me in the comments or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Now for a song.

The Oscars are coming up this Sunday and I am so excited to see Elton John perform and hopefully win.  It will be soooooo well deserved for both he and his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  They are nominated for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”.  Earlier this month the duo won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and I was shocked to discover that was the first award they won together in 52 years.  How is that?????

“Rocketman” movie poster and Bernie Taupin & Elton John at last month’s Golden Globe Awards (original sources unknown).

I have been a fan of both forever and worship the music they have made together.  Some of my absolute favorites are the lesser known gems like “Skyline Pigeon“, “I Need You To Turn To” and today’s pick.  It was released in 1971 and was written as the title track to a movie that featured another beauty, “Seasons“.  I am celebrating another birthday this month and like so many of us getting older, I still do not know where my youth went.  I am reminded of it often, though, by seeing many of my high school friends on Facebook.

One of them recently posted that she was on her way to visit our old neighborhood on Long Island with her teenage daughter in tow.  In one moment I wondered how she could even have a child that age when we were just there a second ago.  The next a memory of she and I standing in the hallway of our high school came flooding back like a tsunami and I remember those years like they happened yesterday.  But other days they seem like a movie I am watching about someone else’s world, probably because I am.  Who I was then has not been around for a very long time.  Life happens to all of us, but I am glad to share those memories with people who recall them as fondly as I do, despite what we may have thought at the time.

“It seems to me a crime that we should age
These fragile times should never slip us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhood fly”  

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Elton John:  “Friends” (1970, written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John).

Until next time, happy listening!!!