I just got back from one of the most incredible experiences: Elton John live. I was breathing the same air, in the same room, within just a couple hundred feet of him.
Elton John is one of my musical heroes. He is a music legend and rightly so. He has amazing chops. I knew that he was a fantastic pianist but that does not even begin to cover his talent. He is incredible. He did things with the keys that I have never seen. I wish I could have taken all of my students to see him perform. He is so at ease and can manipulate his way around the keyboard physically and technically because of his ease. I want each of my students to see his posture and his hand position.
Elton John is an artist. His sound is so much more unprocessed than the typical musician of today. He is a true performer that can play to his audience and make them feel like he is performing to them personally. He played for 2.5 hours without any intermission and no opening act. Stupendous! I have so few words to even express what I am feeling right now. I am feeling awe and power and…something that I cannot quite put a name to, something important.
I do want to mention one part of the concert. It was toward the beginning. He made the comment that what we need right now, especially after the events of the last few weeks, is hope and faith. He then proceeded to perform “Believe.” That moment stuck out to me. I want you all to go to find a recording of that song and listen with the events of the last few weeks in your minds and think about hope and faith. You won’t be able to tell me that you don’t feel some impact.
Elton John played my favorite pieces. He started the show with what I would categorize as my most favorite piece of music in the whole entire world. I fell in love with “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” several years ago. This piece of music pierces my soul in a way that very few pieces have been able to do. So, as he used it to open, I knew that this concert was going to be something that I will never forget.
I hope you all have the opportunity to see your musical heroes live in concert. I hope you remember that true and good art is meant to make you happy and to take you away from the cares of this world. My hope for you is that you have this in your life.
Peace and Love,
The Mad Pianist