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Elton’s Smile

I recently had the opportunity to see Elton John in concert. I’ve loved his music forever but have never had a chance to see him perform and now that I have I am kicking myself I waited this long!

There are endless words to be written about his talent and his work ethic and his longevity (I may do another post on how he described his writing partnership with Bernie Taupin – absolutely fascinating!) But for now, the thing I wanted to focus on was his smile.

The stage was set up so that there was a large screen behind him, capturing either video images tied to the song he was singing or just capturing him and his band as they played and sang for two and a half hours.

What struck me – and I really tried to snag a photo but never quite managed to capture it – was the smile that would come and go on his face as he performed. It was often fleeting and at moments subtle, but it was clearly there. And it was sheer magic.

Here is a performer who has won every award imaginable. He’s played in numerous countries to numerous audiences for nearly fifty years. Yet through it all – through songs he’s sung a million times over to music he’s played along in equal measure – there was joy. It was fleeting at moments, yet so real and tangible and I was caught totally in the moment of that.

As creators I don’t think we often reflect on that part of our creativity. We do it because we have to or want to or are driven to. But rarely do we reflect on the sheer joy that comes from the actual act of creation.

I feel so grateful I not only saw a legend, but that he reminded me to celebrate my own creativity. I’ll never listen to Rocket Man quite the same way again.

Happy Writing Creating!

Xoxo,

Addison

6 responses to “Elton’s Smile”

  1. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Wow, I envy you! I’d love to see him in concert.

    And we are all creators. I know my husband can walk into my office–see me smiling or crying or staring blindly into space–and he just nods and moves on, respectful of my moments of creation.

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  2. Tamara Hogan says:

    Addison, I’m so jealous! I didn’t manage to see Elton when he hit Minneapolis a couple of months ago. 🙁

    I’m of an age where it seems Elton’s always just…been there, in the fabric of my life. “Pinball Wizard” (1975-ish?) was one of the first pieces of music I bought using my own money, and his blacklight poster hung on my wall.

    I’d love to read more about his creative partnership with Taupin. 🙂

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  3. You are so lucky? Love him. Are you going to see the film about him. I am. I think it releases soon.

    I know what you mean about that smile. I saw in on Yanni’s face as I sat, drooling, in the second row during his concert. Love his music. Love his passion for creating.

    And, I know I’ve worn that smile too, and done a happy dance at times. Thank you so much for reminding me of that feeling.

    Happy creating back at ya!

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  4. I love this. What a great reminder to focus on the joy. <3

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  5. Darynda says:

    This is so lovely. Thank you, Addison!

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  6. I saw him perform years ago in Calgary and remember that smile. Thanks for the reminder about enjoying our creative gifts.

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