Monday, July 23, 2007

Your Song

This doe-eyed ballad remains one of John's most successful and enduring songs, and for good reason; Taupin's lyric is as unpretentious as he ever got, and combined with John and Paul Buckmaster's arrangement, it gets its heartfelt valentine sentiment across directly and sweetly.

For my part, I've always liked the lilting flute that pops in and sustains a note at the point right after John sings "...that I put down in words" and "How wonderful life is..."; a small, but appropriate Buckmaster touch. His skills and sound really made a lot of John's early efforts as memorable as they were.

Introduced to a whole new generation, I think, via Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, which worked it into the love song medley; Ewan McGregor's guileless (and vibrato-free) delivery fit the song nicely.

5 comments:

Richard Marcej said...

Easily my favorite Elton song.

I'm enjoying this blog, keep it up!

Johnny B said...

Thanks, I'm gonna try...!

Roger Green said...

There were a couple songs that were offered to Three Dog Night by EJ/BT or their reps, and this was one of them, which appeared on the group's third album. It's OK, but not as good as Elton's.

Johnny B said...

Cool- I didn't know that, Roger...

Vinyl said...

Apparently, Elton credits the early success of this song to the airplay received by Three Dog Night's version.