I was thinking the other day [a rare event ] about certain consistencies in my life. As I get older I realize that some things once thought to be permanent are gone; and other influences that I thought were transient factors in life have become permanent. One of the most notable of these consistencies is music. It has often amazed me to hear songs that I once thought were sooooo cool that now sound silly, or childish, or trite. However, it amazes me even more to realize that I still love some of the same music that I did as a teenager. The contrast is quite interesting in this regard. Obviously we grow and change and gain a broader perspective and appreciation for music, but I suspect that for reasons of culture, popular issues, "a sense of time and place" and a variety of other factors, most people find that some music sticks with them uniquely, forever. It comes to define their life in a sense. For me, I guess this would be the music of Elton John. When I studied music [piano] as a kid, in addition to the standard classics like the three B's, I was also allowed to learn anything by EJ. Some of his music still touches my soul now just as much as it did in 1973; Funeral for a Friend is one example of this. I have probably played and listened to this song a couple thousand times over the years. He’s not the most talented, or the deepest, or the most appealing performer, I don’t rate him along the greats like Mozart or Bach, and I have surely never like his flamboyance, but this man [and Bernie Taupin] can write music that just gets to me time after time. I just never get tired of hearing some of his songs. Especially songs like Your Song, Daniel, or “Candle in the Wind” How about you? What music defines your life?