Last Friday, John released his latest greatest hits album, Diamonds. The two disc album not only showcases his extensive greatest discography, but also celebrates a milestone — the 50th anniversary of the collaboration of John and songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.
According to Bernie Taupin’s Wikipedia page, the duo met in 1967 after both answering the same advertisement that was looking for songwriters. Together, they wrote some of the beautiful lyrics in rock history — and of course, several of Elton John’s biggest hits. Some of the famous ones include: Your Song, Tiny Dancer, The One, Sacrifice, Candle In The Wind, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. And, those are only a few of the songs they’ve written together, as they collaborated on over 30 albums.
Despite a relationship that had its ups and downs, they are still writing music together to this day. Last year, Elton John released his 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night. The album once again bought both of them together, as all of the songs on it were written by both John and Taupin. And, let me say this: they still manage to come together to create wonderful music.
Elton John is my favorite artist. One of the reasons why I am a huge Elton John fan is because of the touching lyrics penned by Taupin, mixed together with melodies penned by John. Those songs are simply beautiful, and pure poetry. In fact, in one of my poetry classes, I’ve said that Bernie Taupin is one of my favorite poets, because of those lyrics.
Elton John has had a pretty successful career — part of that is thanks to Taupin. He has made 32 studio albums, and is one of the best selling artists in the world. The remake of Candle in the Wind, which Taupin rewrote to honor Princess Diana at her funeral in 1997 is the best selling song of all time.
As Diamonds marks this milestone, I hope that this introduces a new generation of Elton John fans to classics such as Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long Long Time), and I’m Still Standing. Artists like Elton John are a rarity, especially in this age of music where social media overpowers the art of creating a good song. Therefore, to quote Taupin, I simply must say how “wonderful life is when you’re in the world.”