Elton John is an amazing artist (in my opinion) because his music always tends to make connections to life. “Tiny Dancer” is one of his most popular songs on his 1971 album Madman Across the Water. The song was written with the help of Bernie Taupin and was actually inspired by Taupin’s first wife. In an article on americansongwriter.org (https://americansongwriter.com/behind-song-tiny-dancer-elton-john/) Taupin talks about coming to California in 1970 and how the sunshine radiated off American women and they were just all so different from the women back home in England. I chose this song more so because of the music video which was released in 2017. The video has a very interesting depiction of Southern California that both reflects the Spanish fantasy past and boosterism while also showing the harsh realities that people face and the complexities of story and people’s lives. The video starts with warm sunlight, palm trees, and luxurious mini mansions. It shows people sharing laughs and a mother loving on her newborn while stuck on the side of the road. It also shows a women crying in her car alone, and another young woman pouring a loved one’s ashes in a lake. I think the song is meant to connect people despite the happy and sad moments in life, and the video really depicts the realities and diversity of living in Southern California and how everyone is unique in their experiences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYcyacLRPNs (Tiny Dancer)