Capt. Fantastic and The Voice

captain fantastic and the voice     I write about music a lot. I get that. It’s no surprise. Music is not just something I like- it’s an integral part of who I AM! As I write this, I just finished watching an episode of “The Voice”. I grew up as a self-professed “child of television”. I have watched a LOT of TV in my lifetime. But the older I have gotten, the less I care about TV. I like reruns of Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory. I have pretty quickly become a fan of “This is Us”- the quality of the cast and the writing as well as the unique approach to the way the story is told are really good. I enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit of “Shark Tank”. Other than that, I can take or leave most TV programming.  

But I DO like “The Voice”. I like the “blind audition” concept. I like to hear the creative “covers” of well-known songs that the contestants offer week to week. And I greatly appreciate the quality of the House Band. They crank out a ridiculous amount of music across a myriad of genres every week. And as I watch that show, my family probably gets absolutely SICK of hearing me say, “It would be SO cool to be in the house band on this show!”  

As I watched that show last night, I was taken back in time to May of 1975. An album came out that month that helped change me. That album came from, of all people, Elton John and was called Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The cover, as you see in the picture, had a very “cartoony” drawing of Elton as Captain Fantastic. The Brown Dirt Cowboy was Elton’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.  

Why, you ask, did THAT album jump out? Because, if I remember correctly, it was the FIRST album I ever bought for myself with my own money. I was 14 years old and, up to that point, I listened to whatever the other people in my house were listening to or whatever the local “pop” radio station was playing.  

By the time Captain Fantastic was released, Elton John had been around long enough to have issued a Greatest Hits album- the year before. (This was back when you needed more than ONE hit to put out a Greatest Hits Album!) I had heard a decent amount of his music on the radio and liked what I heard. And then, I saw Captain Fantastic (in 8-Track format!) at a local store and took the plunge! I pretty well wore that 8-Track OUT! (I bet I could still name every song on that album just by hearing the first two measures!) Since then, I shudder to think how much money I have spent on 8-Tracks, albums, cassettes, Record Clubs “deals”, (Remember them?!) CD’s and digital downloads. (I can honestly say that I own digital copies of NEARLY every Elton John album ever produced- I am still a fan!)  

What was the FIRST album YOU bought? What’s your favorite genre? If you play an instrument- which one? Whether you play one or not, which instrument do you WISH you could play? If you could pick ONE artist (living or dead) to see perform live, who would it be?  

What’s a song that, when you hear it, no matter what mood you’re in, you smile and start singing along? Music is truly the soundtrack of life! 

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One thought on “Capt. Fantastic and The Voice

  1. Wow Rev Mark!! I like Elton also,&when I lived in Houston,Tx I saw him in person perform @ the Summitt. Which is now The Lakewood Church,of a very large congregation. Joel Olstine…I also saw Billy Joel about 5 times @ the Summitt live. So I guess I like all kinds of music.Or is his name spelled Olsen. Also Neil Diamond 5 times. Back in the 80’s. I hope I didn’t bore you to much,but I do like your kind of music also.


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