It’s 1972 and I’ve completed ten full solar orbits on spaceship Earth.
I just realized that I overlooked David Bowie’s influential song “Space Oddity” for 1969. When I was seven in ’69, “Space Oddity” was too far out for me. I didn’t discover that until high school.
“Rocket Man” (1972) by Elton John is another story.
Elton hit the scene with a big splash. Suddenly we had a superstar who rivaled the Beatles in popularity and talent. And he was just one guy. Actually, that’s not quite right. Lyricist Bernie Taupin adds a lot to the picture. And Elton’s backup musicians make the perfect 70s band.
Some felt that Elton was just a flash in the pan. Well, they got the flash part right. But Elton has weathered ups and downs and is still in the spotlight.
He just hasn’t gone away. Always adding his two bits on some controversial topic, be it Billy Joel’s lack of productivity, his own dislike of religion… Whatever.
Elton is touring again. His Farewell Yellow Brick Road show is being billed as his last-ever tour.
“Rocket Man” is usually seen as Elton’s take on Bowie’s “Space Oddity” theme. Of course, Bowie did it first. But I like both songs. “Rocket Man” is a bit more human and ironically, down-to-earth. I have related to this song in different ways through life’s changes. I got it at 10 years old. And it holds up now.
Elton and Taupin wrote songs accessible to fans of all ages. Isn’t that what superstars do?
Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
Watch the live feed from SpaceX’s Roadster-driving Starman in space (feedproxy.google.com)
Katherine Jenkins – she’s gone up an octave (slippedisc.com)
Watch Japan’s ice skating team dance to Ryuichi Sakamoto (thefader.com)
A car ad in space finally brought the country together (businessinsider.com)
Where Is Elon Musk’s Space Tesla Actually Going? (theatlantic.com)
SpaceX poised to launch ‘world’s most powerful rocket’ (vanguardngr.com)
David Bowie book club launched by his son, Duncan Jones (telegraph.co.uk)