Influences And Recollections of A Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

ELTON JOHN: MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER

Most artists who attain long careers have a span of 5 to 7 years where they enjoy their most success and creativity.

Elton John released Madman Across The Water (1971) early in his “golden age.” I chose it for a bit of a sentimental reason; the song Tiny Dancer’s inclusion is in one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous.

As a matter of fact, I can no longer hear Tiny Dancer without conjuring up the scene it is featured in.

Such is the magical connection between movies and music.

Tiny Dancer is probably in my Top 3 Elton John songs of all time: however, the title song is incredible, too, as is the amazing Levon.

That’s the thing with Elton…it doesn’t take long to start thinking of any number of his songs and there are few wrong choices from his personal golden age.

The partnership of Bernie Taupin’s lyrical genius combined with Elton’s gift for melodies and orchestration were one of the best songwriting teams in the history of rock music.

If you haven’t seen Almost Famous, go find it immediately.

I defy you to ever hear Tiny Dancer the same way again after you experience its placement in this amazing film!

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