Thursday, July 03, 2008
Surprised? Written by one of the best performer/song-writers of our lifetime, this particular selection peaked back before it all got political and Elton wrote not from a predisposed political agenda, but from the heart. For many of us, that summer of 1975 was a turning point. Mixed in with the Jesus-movement era songs we were singing, and the reruns of Classic Trek we were watching, this was the song always playing in the background somewhere. It's not heard so much any more, now that everyone is liberated and satisfied and pleased with themselves - but back then it spoke to a post-Boomer generation, where the aging 60s slogans were fading on the roadside, just as Dylan predicted. If there was ever a GenX-era anthem, this might be it - ironic as though that may be. But of course, irony is our middle name. And this one's for you, Edward.