Friday, December 15, 2017

Too Low For Zero

I don't discuss my music likes on here very often, but I will touch base today some on one. I know most bloggers or readers expect the usual heavy metal/rap/hard rock/alternative songs that most bloggers/readers like, but that's just not me.

I am more of a 90's pop/love song, Paramore, Christopher Cross, Eagles, Duran Duran, Hootie And The Blowfish, Chicago, Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Elton John kinda guy. There are many others I could list but gave you a very short rundown as an example.

I have never been a fan of screaming and yelling songs or songs with language even though I did go through a rap era for a couple of years in 2000-2001. As I have gotten older, I tend to appreciate the songs that I grew up listening to on the radio or heard my parents listening to.

One of those guys is the one and only, Sir Elton John. A little while ago I saw that Autograph Blog had a TTM address for Elton and I knew I had to jump on that. My father listened to Elton all of the time and the one cassette tape we had and played a million times in the car on our way to card shows was Too Low For Zero. That tape had big hits such as, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues and I'm Still Standing.

So I wrote Sir Elton a letter and explained my fandom to him, in return, I got this pretty cool mail day all the way from UK,
Disappointingly however, is the fact this is a copy which is what the letter states as Elton didn't have time to sit down and sign photos with so many letters flowing in. I think this is a cool piece coming from where it came, but it was quite what I was looking for in terms of nostalgia. So I have sent another letter to the same address requesting it once again. We will see this time if I can score one or lose out again. (update:I mailed this out in October and have yet to hear back. I am hoping that is a good sign)

I still listen to Elton's old and new music today. And of course I picked up Too Low For Zero on CD and listen to that as well to bring back those memories.

I am only guessing, but one of you guys must have a favorite Elton song, so what is it?

6 comments:

  1. Man, I like so many of his songs... If I had to pick one right now I will choose "Your Song".

    After missing the first couple of tours with Billy Joel, I finally managed to see them together. They played four songs together, each played their sets, and then finished with a bunch of songs together. (I think seven.) If the concert had ended after the first four songs, I would have said that I had gotten my money's worth.

    Good luck in getting an actual autograph!

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  2. There's no one song that is my clear favorite of his, but I'd probably go with "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" or "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding". For a deeper cut, I dig an 80s b-side called "Rope Around a Fool".

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  3. Sometimes I read your posts and think that we are two kindred 90s souls. Dave Matthews is my all-time favorite, and I, too, avoid music with screaming and objectionable language. However, my gangsta rap phase came about 1999-2000, so we're about a year off on that.

    However, I've never been much of an Elton John fan. If I had a favorite, it would probably be "I'm Still Standing" or "Your Song."

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  4. "My father listened to Elton all of the time and the one cassette tape we had and played a million times in the car ..."

    Same - my parents were big fans of the 70's singer-songwriters. My roadtrips were filled with the sounds of John, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Paul Simon etc. and Elton was always my favorite.

    I guess I'd have to say my favorite track by him would have to be Levon, but that's only if you put a gun to my head. Bitch is Back, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, I Feel Like a Bullet (in the Gun of Robert Ford), and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting are also way up there. Plus, as a kid, I definitely latched onto Crocodile Rock.

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  5. I think I have about 15 Elton John LP's, more than anyone else. My favorite song is Bennie and the Jets. Takes me back to high school.

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