September 11, 2015 | Posted in Canine Celebrity Critiques
Sir Elton John may be 66 in people years, but I think he’s just getting started! Let’s see …
There’s Las Vegas. Atlanta. Detroit. France. Russia. Norway. And that’s just a sampling of tour stops to promote his 2013 CD release “The Diving Board”. Did you know it entered the U.S. Billboard Album Charts at No. 4? Or that it’s Elton’s 18th Top 10 Album in America.
Look, you may not have been around then. But when the “Yellow Brick Road” LP came out this dog was in complete awe. And watching Elton John on TV singing “Bennie and the Jets” in oversized, furry coats and outrageous glasses like mine hit me right where I live.
And I’m still a huge fan today. It’s not only his piano playing and flamboyant style I love. It’s his lyrics. And not for the reason most folks go ga-ga over his writing. No. For me, there’s something special about an Englishman who works animal references into songs like “Yellow Brick Road”:
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies Beyond the yellow brick road
… and, as if that weren’t enough, it ends:
Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found Mongrels who ain’t got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground
He says, of “The Diving Board”: “I had to go back and listen to my old stuff to go forward again. It’s a different era now…. What kind of music do I really want to make? I feel like I’m starting again, making records. I want to know about the future. Can I improve?”
The big, furry coats may be a thing of the past. And he may have kicked his high-heeled platform shoes and triple-sized specs to the curb. But, whether or not it’s just this dog’s opinion, it seems to me that Elton John keeps getting better—and mellower—with age. Kinda like me!