My goodness... It has been awhile, hasn't it??
Seems I've had virtually nothing to write about for some time and anything I really had to say was offered up elsewhere. All that kind of changed this last week. I'll take the opportunity to re-post it here, as this is my own unadulterated forum. So, here goes with the re-posting.
***The following is essentially a recap of how things went down over the last week regarding a virtual conversation I believe I had with Elton John resulting in a dedication to ME from the stage in Denver, CO - September 20, 2014:
I hesitate to post this, due to some strong
opinions/emotions it may stir for some. But, the story actually
happened. While not trying to sound narcissistic, but after giving lots
of thought to it all and as crazy as it sounds, I truly believe
it all happened as I state here and was ultimately directed at me..
What follows is a narrative of what turned out to be one of the most
surreal memories that was just experienced by myself..
night, I attended, along with my family, what I estimate to be my 20th
Elton John concert in nearly 35 years of seeing him and over 40 years of
being a fan - in Denver. Aside from the unimpressive seats I once again
had, to say the concert was once again stellar would be an
understatement. Elton simply never disappoints!
Prior to the
show, I read reviews and watched videos, so I was quite prepared for
what was in store. What I was not prepared for was a dedication from the
man himself on the stage! The story goes like this..
the reviews I read actually received a response from Elton on stage the
following night. It was a glowing review of Elton's Vancouver show with
an opinion shared that perhaps the concert shouldn't close with songs
from the Lion King. I decided to go ahead and add my two cents in
general agreement with the premise but say "Elton, go ahead and include
the songs. Just don't close with them. You have a catalogue of potential
closers that other artists dream of! Oh, And by the way, I'm looking
forward to your show in Denver." I meant no disrespect. Just sharing an
Well, after nearly 2.5 hours of amazing music from my
all time favorite musician, Elton begins to talk about his next song and
why he chose to include this song in his show. He was speaking of
Circle Of Life. He spoke of his kids and how they reminded him of those
songs he brought to the screen 20 years ago. He also spoke of how some
have suggested he shouldn't include them (just to clarify, I do NOT feel
this way.. just don't close with it.) but he feels otherwise. Fine.
Then, the shoe drops...
Right before he goes into the first chords of Circle, Elton says "This one is for you, Jeff."
My ears picked it up, but kind of blew it off. Amy
nudged me and we both kind of chuckled in a curious sort of way. 30
seconds passed.. I began to wonder.. Who could this Jeff be that would
be receiving such an acknowledgement from the stage? I then began to
replay what he had just spoken of.
Then I began to remember
what I had written. And I also started to recall that Elton had actually
responded to the original review from the stage the following night
after the original posting. Could he have actually read my comment? And
if so, would he really care what I have to say?? Is there anyone else in
this arena named Jeff that would be garnering a dedication of that
particular song from Elton John???
The article and my comment, with a follow-up comment from me after the show appears here: http://www.straight.com/blogra/732496/elton-john-not-thrilled-newts-review-his-vancouver-show Feel free to judge for yourself.
*** I also followed up an online review of the Denver show with the following comment:
Elton, for once again proving why you are worthy of sustaining a
45-plus year career that is virtually unmatched in the industry. Having
seen you live at least 20 times, your shows never disappoint and this
most recent Denver visit was no exception.
trying to sound narcissistic, I am the Jeff who called you out through a
comment on a review of an earlier show regarding your usage of Lion
King for the encore. You seemed to respond with a beautiful explanation
and hit, what I could only interpret as, ME back with a dedication to
Circle of Life.. "This one is for Jeff." If I was your intended target
with that dedication (and I am guessing I was), you more than made your
case, thereby obliterating my case for otherwise, while making this fan
the happiest guy in town that night! (Sadly, there was no corresponding
Grammy-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight to follow.)
fear that this current run is a kind of swan song for you with your
recent threat of retirement and boys who are closing in on school-age.
While I selfishly hope such is not the case, I fully understand if you
do wind up cutting back. You have given us fans an excellent run and I
for one am truly thankful. I dream of the day that I could meet you and
share what your music has meant to me, but alas am resigned to the
realization that (to quote another Disney lyric) "a dream is a wish your
more thing before I go, while I have your attention.. I secretly hope
the day will come when you record an album of piano instrumentals in the
vein of your present Rocket Man and recent Take Me To The Pilot
preludes. Give us something that truly showcases once and for all your
amazing talent to set those keys on fire!
Thank you for all you do, Sir Elton.
Sincerely, with much love and respect,
Jeff Van Devender
The review and my comment is officially posted here: http://www.heyreverb.com/blog/2014/09/21/photos-elton-john-pepsi-center-show-denver-review/94774/#disqus_thread