Thursday, November 03, 2011

"Burning out his fuse up here alone..."

The current (as of November, 2011, anyway) Volkswagen Passat commercial uses the Elton John song, "Rocket Man," to sell us on the clarity of the car's sound system..."Is that what he's saying?" to the lyric, "Burning out his fuse up here alone." I didn't know that was what he was saying. But then, some songs aren't known for clarity in lyrics, but for evoking a mood or feeling.

"Rocket Man" takes me back to a specific time and place. I'm not even that big an Elton John fan, but his music has been part of the Baby Boomer soundtrack for 40 years, and impossible to ignore.

(If the frame is black it's because YouTube has pulled the video for copyright reasons. Bummer, but they do that sometimes.)


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