Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!!!Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today’s mental workout for Superheroes Tuesdays immortalizes one of the greatest musicians of all-time, Sir Elton John. It’s a privilege to honor such an artist, we are confident that he’ll cherish our award and hold it in the same high esteem as his numerous accolades over the years. Sir Elton is truly one of a kind, a prolific artist that has delivered through many generations with longtime lyricist partner, Bernie Taupin. It always make me want to laugh when some skeptics want to diminish Elton’s status by suggesting that he didn’t write his own music. Whether he wrote his own music doesn’t take away from his legendary accomplishments as a composer, pianist and singer. He’s a great entertainer which takes remarkable and extraordinary talent, it’s takes genius to keep up with his complex piano playing while singing. Surely people wouldn’t diminish Elvis, he didn’t write his own lyrics.

Sir Elton maintained a top-40 hit over a 32 year span from the 70s to the turn of the new century. Sir Elton is one of the world's all-time selling artists in the company of the Beatles, Elvis and Michael Jackson, he still continues to be a force to be reckoned with today. It’s equally incredible how he’s taken other artist’s songs and catapulted those tracks to no. 1. He even took a song to no.1 twice within a 30 year old span, how’s that for longevity! Sir Elton has sold more than 300 million records. He turned a negative situation of Princess Diana’s death into a positive rendition that brought some healing, Candle in the Wind alone has sold over 33 million copies. He has more than 50 top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No.1 albums along with 6 Grammy awards, 4 Brit awards, an Academy award, Golden Globe, and a Tony award.

Sir Elton’s influences range from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and many others in classic rock, pop, jazz and RnB. You could probably ask 100 people to create a top 10 of the best Elton songs ever and get numerous variations. However, Nikita, Rocket Man, Daniel, Candle in the Wind and the aforementioned title Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would probably feature in most top lists. Like many millions of people I have often contemplated the real meaning of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. Elton the artist paints a masterpiece on a musical canvass for you to take in through your senses and derive a unique interpretation for yourself. Most would probably agree that the Yellow Brick Road may be some kind of perceived route to fame and fortune so many seek whether encouraged by their parents, peer pressure or society at large. However, when one reaches the penthouse of their supposed dreams, they may realize it wasn’t the right path for them. They become disillusioned with success and wish to return to the simplicity of their true path. Perhaps the world of fame, fortune, power and material possessions mixed in with selfish, huge egos and drugs is not so appealing after all. If you find yourself on the yellow brick road that others have paved, say goodbye and pave your own way from within. As we witness the wrath of mother nature wreak havoc on humans and physical property, let’s not forget the truly important things that matter, our health, safety, unity and journey of fulfillment.