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?


  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!

  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".

  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."

  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.

  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.