Thursday, November 22, 2007

Someone's Final Song

The apotheosis of the morose Blue Moves album- a suicide note, set to music. I don't even want to speculate on what Bernie was thinking when he wrote this one. If it had been sequenced at the end of the LP, it might have been too much, and I think Elton & Co. might have understood that because on the original vinyl it appears at the end of side three of the four-side set, diluting its impact.

Not that it could really bear a lot of dilution; it doesn't have an especially memorable melody although it is nicely sung by Elton and a group of all-star backing vocalists, including Toni Tenille again and Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. Their harmonies are especially nice on the line "This home is not the home it used to be". Accompaniment is spare, featuring only Elton on piano and James Newton Howard on Synths and electric piano.

Not the worst track on this album, despite the glum subject matter, but it's not quite one which compels me to listen again very often and is easily tuned out when playing the side of the LP or CD.

3 comments:

Gary Allen Vollink said...

I have to actually say, this is a song that I was specifically seeking out on my iPod this-morning as the melody really did stick with me, especially the "drunk myself sober" part at the end.

By the way - I find myself on this blog fairly often, and I use it as a frequent reference space.

Johnny B said...

And I appreciate it! Thanks for commenting.

acabadus said...

One man's trash is another man's treasure. This is one of the songs from BM that I really, really love... God knows why...