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Monday, August 25, 2008

Daniel by Elton John

What is it about Elton John's music that always keeps me coming back? The allure of the melody and the poetry of perfect.

1973 video

1995 video

Do you prefer the old or the new?


  1. I have no idea just how many 8-tracks of his "Greatest Hits," with "Daniel" included, I wore out during my high school days. It was several, I can tell you.

  2. I am a big Elton John fan myself.

    I will listen to CD's my kids bring home and enjoy it. When I really want to get in a particular mood, however, I will dig up the old stuff and dive into the familiar.

  3. My favorite song & perhaps the only song i know of from Elton John is "candle in the wind" ,the song he sang to princess diana at her funeral ! i can listen to that song for a long period of time its so sad,but has such a beautiful meaning behind its lyrics.

  4. I've never heard of this song before ...I like both versions its hard to choose;Elton is a legend,but i must admit my favorite song is from him is "candle in the wind".

  5. Are you kidding, the old one when me and Elton were both young!lol.. I also had 8 track tapes of Elton John in those days. I also did the "bump" to many of Elton John songs in the 70's at the high school dance.(Before Farm Man came along, he is not the bump kind of fellow).
    Have a great day!

  6. Just love Elton John always have...I went to a concert in Vancouver, where I was living at the time, back in 1975...fabulous...

    He did a concert this year only one and a half hours from where I live now and my son and I spent a great deal of time trying to get tickets online but didn't manage...


  7. I bet you can guess which one I like! :) Nothing compares to his 1973 version. I felt there was more emotion and less "show" in it. Like his whole heart was in it. His facial expressions were precious, the cry in his voice richer, his heart in it.

    The 1995 one was missing something for me. It felt rushed, profunctory. All the other keyboards and showmanship with the guitar player (with long blowing hair) and the extra instruments really buried the power of the song and emotion for me. The 1995 was still good, but I felt it was more functional and less emotional. Like they were just getting through it to get through it.

    But I LOOOOVE Elton Johns many of his songs. He was one of the greats. He still is and I have his old cassettes that still make me wheep and rejoyce and remember. Thank you sweetie for such a fun post.

  8. I too love the 1973 version. I call it the real version. However, it is only normal that as we age our voice changes and our abilities diminish. I guess considering his age, he does quite well for himself still.

    The Billy Joel I heard in concert 16 years ago no longer exists except in records. His voice has also changed.

    Thanks You Tube for sharing those "golden" memories with us!!!!! You wouldn't believe all the great oldies I have found on You Tube...

    Thank you all for stopping by and I hope your ears were happy.....

  9. This is one of my favorites, not only because of the haunting tune, but also because of the story behind it. Bernie Taupin (the writer) and Elton John made a great team and the story behind the song is touching. Great song! Great post! - Nards


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