One Tiny Dancer, a Dozen Stories United in Joy, Sorrow, Love, Anger, Pain, Innocence, Anticipation, Experiencing Life.
...All Being Human.
I play YouTube videos in the background while I work at night, most of these I just listen to, and then once in a while I pay attention to the art and the story displayed in a few of these.
Recently I noticed that Google and YouTube have been joining with a few artists to create some very good music videos, one of which is Elton John’s song from 4 decades ago.
A song that old people like myself remember from our youth, and now I see it brought back to life and telling a new story, or a dozen stories, while pleasing my ears with memories of a lifetime ago.
All the stories sharing a glimpse of lives, experiences, joys and aspirations, yet leaving us wondering and hoping to learn more.
And as my friend Fr. Placid would likely muse, all "Being Human".
It would be nice to sit down with many of them to share a cup of coffee, conversation, and the stories of our lives.
- We start with the old lady with the bright red hair, colored glasses and look of someone who has lived an interesting life. Finding joy in her vape, the sunshine, and selling her trinkets so that she can get by.
- Her colored glasses remind me of the colored glasses of the young girls in the next story, young party girls, cruising to Tiny Dancer in a convertible taking selfies while laughing, singing and eating Twizzlers.
- The Skater girl cruising across LA on her skateboard, enjoying the sunshine, listening to tunes, arrives at her destination and rages out on a car in a suburban neighborhood. Perhaps a cheating boyfriend or someone else that has inspired pain and anger in her life.
- Three young girls, out for the night in their fancy gowns, perhaps coming home from the prom or a quinceañera. The innocence of youth, too young for a date, still enjoying time with their best friends and enjoying dreams of the future.
- Another young woman, finding acceptance and companionship in a smoke-filled station wagon, then later satisfying the munchies with a burger at Imes.
- The sad and desperate look of a woman lingering outside of a liquor store, the look I have seen so many times in people living on the street, dirty, lost, scared, and lonely. Sobbing back in her car as she clutches that tell-tale chip of sobriety, again listening to the Tiny Dancer.
- A valet finds joy taking a little too long parking a hot sportscar while listening to Tiny Dancer and cruising the city.
- Another old man plays accordion in the streets, with a face showing a history in his eyes, a story that would be worth some time, and a cup of coffee, to learn.
- Then the young mother, stranded on a hot summer highway, finding joy, spending tender time with her infant while feeding him and dancing along with the Tiny Dancer.
- Marilyn and the Cowboy.
- A lonely man and his peculiar pet.
- Saying goodbye to a friend.
- Keeping the peace on the streets of LA.
So many stories, all leaving the watcher wanting to learn more.
Well done Elton John and the producers at YouTube.