Though recorded in order to promote his solo album, Tribes, this interview has enough material about his songwriting process and his opinions on other musicians (both as artists and as people) to make this a timeless representation of the man behind Elton John's lyrics.
00:00 - Preconceived notions of how a song should sound, ballads vs. up-tempo pieces00:55 - Writing lyrics as an artist, playing guitar to aid in writing02:05 - How his writing has matured over the years, hopefully aging gracefully04:25 - Is "Friend of the Flag" autobiographical? Patriotism and values05:45 - Notoriety and recognition, being in the spotlight, getting mobbed in public07:25 - The double-edged sword of his affiliation with Elton John08:30 - Assembling a band of friends for the record, going back to his roots, being treated as a new artist09:40 - Making another record after Tribe / possibility of playing live10:20 - Native American theme on the record, what the word "tribe" means to him11:35 - The Americana of Tumbleweed Connection13:00 - Writing from the first person point of view, taking on the role of characters in his songs14:40 - Alternative career plans / getting into songwriting, actually having a record out16:00 - Anticipation and excitement for the record / going to the record store17:00 - "Billy Fury" as the ideal of a 70's power pop rock star in England18:30 - Working with (and being friends with) Alice Cooper19:30 - The Band may just be the greatest group of all time20:25 - Respecting the lyrics of Elvis Costello, King of America20:55 - Van Morrison as his solo singer idol21:15 - Personal feelings about John Lennon21:50 - Being buddies with Eric Clapton22:20 - Writing the lyrics before the music
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