Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two Rooms (16 years later)

Flash back with me if you will to January, 1992. Most of us were still a few years away from using e-mail and I still hadn't even invested in a home computer. So when I wrote notes to myself, I literally had to WRITE notes.

On January 26, 1992, I moved into my studio on East 29th Street and there I resided....for 16 1/2 years. Last month, as I packed up to move into my Upper West Side 1-bedroom (or TWO ROOMS), I found a torn calendar page from January, 13, 1992, perhaps one of the first items to have been moved into my previous residence.

One of the more popular albums of late 1991/early 1992 was a compilation entitled "Two Rooms," featuring various artists covering songs written by the team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Elton and Bernie had a unique dynamic. Elton would write the music in one room, Bernie the lyrics in the other and only then would they meet and finish the product.

The track list for the original album can be found here:

I must have been a little bored at work on January 13, because I had decided it might be fun to compose a hypothetical list of additional songs from Elton John's catalogue matching artists whom I felt would do justice to the tunes.
I shall note that not all of these songs were written with Bernie Taupin and "Mama Can't Buy You Love" was a Bell/James composition. Nevertheless, this is a wild look into the mind (and ear) of my past. In my cases, I think I nailed it, though I'm really not sure what I was thinking for Don Henley and "Bennie & The Jets." Not a horrendous choice, but fairly nonsensical.

Here are the contents of that January 13, 1992 calendar sheet:

Take Me To The Pilot---Billy Joel

Healing Hands---Jeffrey Osbourne with The Pointer Sisters

Someone Saved My Life Tonight---Poison

Candle In The Wind---Marc Cohn

Island Girl---Maxi Priest

Don't Go Breaking My Heart---Kenny Loggins and Carly Simon

All The Young Girls Love Alice---U2

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters---Stevie Nicks

I'm Still Standing---Luther Vandross

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues---Robert Cray

Bennie & The Jets---Don Henley