The incomparable Elton John celebrates his birthday today (March 25), and while it’s difficult to pin-point an exact moment that truly defines his genius, this moment from Inside The Actor’s Studio would surely be at the very least a contender.
During the Q&A portion of the episode, John is asked by one of the students in attendance about what criteria he has to write a melody. While Sir Elton doesn’t give a definitive answer (he says a lot of melodies he’s written happen by accident), he says he can write a melody to almost anything and asks for a member of the audience to hand him a book.
…And that’s when the magic happens. If you aren’t blown away by this clip, then frankly, we feel sorry for you.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A.)