#MusicMonday – October 21, 2019

Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain.

That pain is Monday.

So let music reach into your room, and feel its gentle touch!

I know many (ok, everyone) would say that Elton John’s best years, hit-wise, were in the 1970s, but I love several songs from his 80s offerings.  Sure, you don’t hear these as much on the radio, but they’re not difficult to find at all, and they’re just as good as anything he released in the 70s.

He’s just that good of a singer, friends.

Today, we look toward 1984, and a song about listening to music at times of sadness.  The music he wants these sad people to listen to are blues classics.

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” is a song from John’s 1984 album Breaking Hearts, and was co-written by him and long-time collaborator/partner Bernie Taupin.  Released in May 1984, one month ahead of the album it came from, the single is the only one from this album that John still performs today.

As for the music video, it was shot in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, Australia, and features Elton without his trademark glasses (as did the album cover). I’ve always liked this song, but I’d never seen the video until recently.  And seriously, it’s quite good.  It’s interesting, but it’s good, just like the song.

Don’t believe me?  Click play!

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#54 for the year ending 1984 chart). Both the song and its corresponding music video were featured as part of Sasson Designer Jeans advertising in the 1980s, claiming that “Sasson says so much.”

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And now you’ll associate it with designer jeans.

Heck, I saw this commercial and long forgotten memories of “Sasson!  Oooh-la-la!” came flooding back!

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I haven’t forgotten the image of hockey players singing about designer jeans, even though I didn’t know this existed until last year (it was on TV 3 years before I was born).

Sad songs, and Sasson jeans, say so much.

Have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!


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