Raising a toast to an evergreen legend – Elton John 

For a student of literature like me, lyrics of a song strike a deeper chord than the tune. Today being Elton John’s birthday, I have been feasting my ears on (if that sounds good…) on some of his best compositions.Image

His words flow into a melody like spontaneous emotions and probably the best ever he shared till date with his audience was ‘Candle in the Wind’ that he performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. What is interesting is the fact that even ‘Sacrifice’ offers a depth into the tender emotional of love and deceit or the ‘Better Off Dead’ has a steak of sad reality creeping in.

Elton John  is one of the most popular singers in the world undoubtedly and that makes me find some truth in Romantic age poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s take on Life that-

“Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought…” and that hold true over the centuries,not sure why.

But art for art sake is best appreciated and I feel that since a work of art is immortal, its creator an artist too remains evergreen.  Here’s wishing the ‘young at heart’ legend a memorable 67th Birth Day!

-Sayanti Banerjee

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