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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Dansk Edit links. RIAA : Gold . RIAA: Platinum . MC: Gold . BPI: Silver . BPI: Gold . BPI: Silver . John completes the sonic portrait with a strong, melodic lead vocal that applies the right amount of emotion and energy necessary to keep the listener involved in the unusual lyrics.
This arrangement helped make "Levon" a stunning rock ballad epic worthy of "A Day In The Life" and its compelling sound helped the song become a chart hit despite Levon - Elton John - Em Dobro (DVD) epic length.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Taupin was often so cryptic in his writing that even he didn't know what he meant! Levon, Levon likes his money He makes a lot they say Spends his days countin' In a garage by the motorway.
Levon sells cartoon balloons in town His family business thrives Jesus, blows up balloons all day Sits on the porch swing watching them fly And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus Leave Levon far behind Take a balloon and go sailing While Levon, Levon slowly dies. Harmonically, you can't get much simpler than the chorus to Levon. The chorus is the only place where the C appears in its traditional dominant role, anticipating the return to F.
In Levon - Elton John - Em Dobro (DVD) original studio version, this section showed off the revolutionary string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster. At the time Levon was released, Elton and Buckmaster were at the very forefront of establishing how strings could be incorporated into a rock and roll setting.
The Madman album was one of the greatest examples of this for its time, and represented a model that many future orchestrators would learn from. After the chorus, we have a short transition back to the verse.
Rather than repeating the opening riffElton goes into a 4-bar section that consists of Levon - Elton John - Em Dobro (DVD) droning F. Again, in the original, we had Buckmaster's strings carrying the musical burden.
In the solo setting, the emphasis is placed on Levon - Elton John - Em Dobro (DVD) arpeggiating piano work. He uses his funky blues style and it's filled with riffs that should sound familiar to Elton fans.
It will take some serious chops to make this music snap to the beat and play it at the breakneck tempo that Elton plays it at. This is the stuff we go crazy for! Here's some Elton funky style stuff. The grace notes are crushed, not articulated. Here's an Elton variation to a classic blues riff. And it climaxes into some pure rock and roll pounding at the top and bottom of the piano. So there it is.
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