“It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside…”
You’ve probably been living under a rock for the past 30+ years if you don’t recognize the lyrics to that Elton John song. It’s the song that’s been playing in my mind ever since I finished reading “Me”, Elton John’s new autobiography — and it’s the song I’m still humming along to as I sit down to write this review.
I’ll admit. I’m not one to read biographies of any type. Elton John is not one one of my favorite artists either. I like a lot of his songs, but they are never my top choice. Yet, something about his book compelled me. I wanted to read it. I put it ahead of my usual go-to books to read it.
“I’m not one of those who can easily hide…”
“Me” is infused with the talent and creativity that is Elton John. As I writer, I drew inspiration on nearly every single page. He talks about his childhood. How he got his start playing piano in a pub full of rough clientele. He talks about the outrageous clothes he’s famous for wearing on stage. How he came up with the idea. He talks about everything, but it’s never tedious or boring to read. Even his struggles with relationships, drugs, and mental health are fascinating — just as fascinating as when he talks about his music or his jocular friendships with other music icons. He’s even comical at times.
“I know it’s not much, but it’s the best I can do…”
The one thing that struck me about “Me” is how forthcoming and honest he was, not just about the things he’s done (right or wrong), but about his own flaws and shortcomings. I suppose it could be considered standard fare in an autobiography. However, it was nice to see a celebrity of his magnitude show his humanness — and in such an engaging and enjoyable way. He could have left out a lot of the things he included about his life. He could have put himself on a pedestal. Instead, he shows his openness and humility.
“My gift is my song, and this one’s for you”
“Me” is a gift from Elton John to all his fans. It’s more insight into the man and artist than has ever been seen before. It’s frank, interesting, and nearly as entertaining as his outfits or piano playing.
I never knew the middle name he chose for himself before reading “Me”. That said, thank you, Sir Elton Hercules John. For the music and your story.
Lyrics excerpted from “Your Song” by Elton John. Written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin
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