Our Date with Rocket Man

I promised you a concert report. 😀

I was still a teenager when I first heard his music.

Funny how we remember the little details . . .

It was spring – one of those glorious days when it’s finally warm enough for the windows to be flung wide open. On such a day, deliciously fragrant breezes were billowing the curtains at my friend’s house. She wanted to play a new album for me. As the needle hit the record and the music began, I was mesmerized by the earnest voice of a young man who accompanied himself on the piano. His name was Elton John.

I don’t have to tell anyone what happened to him in the following years. While he rose to fame and had hit after hit, I met a prince and raised a family.

I’ve always had affection for his music and so has Sir Beads. Elton has the kind of songs that make permanent bookmarks in your memory – you remember what was happening in your own world when you first heard them.

We did shake our heads whenever stories surfaced that Elton was playing the role of spoiled rock star but, at the same time, we accepted him for what always seemed to lie just beneath the surface – his very kind heart. His work with charities has always been exemplary.

Lately, we’ve been especially touched by events in Elton’s personal life. For example, his current tour is the result of his wish to help his old “mentor and idol” Leon Russell, a man legendary in the music business who had fallen on very hard times. Elton put the wheels in motion to record a duet album with him – as a tribute, as a thank you, and a means to provide for Leon’s golden years . . . a very generous gesture, indeed.

And then there was Elton’s desire to adopt a Ukrainian child with aids, but the application was denied. Though he was crushed at the news, Elton pledged to provide for the child (and his brother), anyway! Eventually, Elton would become a Dad – on Christmas 2010.

I believe it may have been during a discussion of current news concerning Elton that was the spark for an idea our daughter had this past December. She heard that Elton would be performing on March 12th in our area and was on the phone placing an order for tickets the moment they went on sale in December. She surprised Sir Beads with them on Christmas morning! They were perfectly disguised to enhance the experience. She handed her Dad a gift-wrapped Elton CD, and he, assuming it was the latest release, put it in the player to hear. After a few seconds of Elton music, our daughter’s voice suddenly boomed through the speakers with the announcement that Sir Beads would be going to the upcoming show!!!

We were incredibly excited. It had been years since we’d been to a concert – and never to see Elton John. As the day approached, our excitement grew. We were in no way prepared, however, for the emotional experience ahead . . .

To be continued.




Our Date with Rocket Man — 3 Comments

  1. What a great surprise that your daughter gave to you and Sir Beads for Christmas. I too grew up with Elton John and I remember the New Years Eve (it was going to be 1977) and there was an ice storm. My aunt and uncle lost power at their house so everyone came over to our’s. We had a blast dancing to that song and watching the ball drop.

    I saw Elton John when I was in Milwaukee, WI for Harley’s Davidson’s 100th Anniversary. He was the suprise entertainment for the last finale of the party. It was a beautiful night listening to music underneath the stars.

    I’m going to post each day’s celebrations on the day they are celebrated. It is too hard to remember what is happening each day because their seem to be so many events on one day now.

    14 Learn about Butterflies Day
    14 National Potato Chip Day
    14 National Pi Day- Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi in math circles.

  2. Well, I was off, but not THAT far.

    I have always like EJ and LOVED his music back then too. I loved it that he embraced his sexuality too. You can’t help but know he has a big heart when you listen to some of the music he has written. There aren’t many musicians from that era that you can respect but he certainly is one. I saw him on TV with Leon Russell. I’m glad you got to see them. . . another heartwarming memory.

    Terry won’t ever go to concerts. Years ago Elvis was at Notre Dame. We were appauled at the price of tickets, which was $28 back then and a LOT of money. Now Terry’s favorite phrase is “If I didn’t pay $28 to see Elvis, I’m not paying **** to see ***. Well, I was never a big Elvis fan so I didn’t WANT to see him. And through the years I’ve been to concerts. Didn’t bother me a bit that he didn’t see The Stones, or Pink Floyd….priceless to me.

    It was a wonderful gift from your daughter and I can’t wait to read “to be continued”
    xx, Carol

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