2019-09-09 | Journal | Elton John Again
I left work at my normal time, at 4, just at the edge where the traffic starts to get bad. I mounted my phone on my magnetic mount for the traffic conditions and Psychic TV was on the music player (Infinite Beat). I scrolled through the songs and decided to listen to Elton John's Greatest Hits. The first time I heard that album I was a few years younger than Bobo. I was in sixth grade and a student had brought the record in to play at school. We listened to it on one of those school players that were in a wood box. I loved the songs on it. A couple of years later I finally purchased the album. I remember playing it during the same summer that I went and saw the Bee Gees on their Spirits Having Flown tour in Seattle. We had bad seats, behind a concrete support, but I still liked the concert. I would play Elton John's greatest hits and the Bee Gees on a stereo system that I got from my Grandpa's best friend's son. He had left home and left his player behind along with a 45 of the Beach Boy's 409. I blasted it as loud as the player would go without distorting. I had that player for many years, up until I bought the system I ended up selling to Sigg.
At some point I stopped listening to Elton John because I found out he was gay. I figured that if I listened to his music that I would become gay, and I didn't want that to happen. (I don't think that anymore of course, that is silly, but I was quite young and had no idea about these kinds of things. I led a pretty sheltered and innocent life.) Later on Yvette started listening to Elton John more, and it ended up in our record collection. I think Taylor liked him. Yvette also liked the Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album as a girl. I don't remember listening it by choice since 1980 or so. I moved on to 80s music then 60s music, then all kinds of stuff that wasn't Elton John. I remember listening a bit to Captain Fantastic and some others as part of Yvette's Elton John revival. I didn't dislike the music, it just wasn't the kind of music I would put on for the drive home usually.
But, today was different. I enjoyed the entire album. I have to add that Rocket Man is a genuinely strange song even without Chris Elliot.elton_john grandpa bobo