Hello Yellow Brick Road
Yesterday, I posted a video here with Sara Bareilles singing an achingly-beautiful, unique rendition of Elton John's song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." After embedding the song, I was browsing other videos and came across one from a performance a year later with Bareilles and John singing a duet. I figured that if anything was proof that he approved of her version of his song, that was it.
Then I watched the video, and it turns out I sold it short. Before they sing, John turns to the audience to explain in detail how much he loved what she did with his song and what a rare thing it was. That is how good the rendition was, so as I like to say -- I tries not to steers ya wrong.
But it's even a bit more than that, because he's there at this fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to sing not one of his songs, but rather one of hers, "Gravity," because he says how beautiful it is. (And it is.) But his admiration turns out to go even further. Somewhat hear the end of the song, Bareilles sings a note that is so utterly glorious that you should shift your attention to Elton John, because the note is SO special that even he can't help smile in admiration over it.
And it actually goes further because when she leaves the stage to huge applause, the legendary Sir Elton John stands there -- and calls her back. Really Big Stars don't tend to share adulation with others. Elton John makes sure to share it with Sara Bareilles.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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