(Feel free to make fun of me for this post.)
It’s a well-known fact that YouTube is awesome.
One of the most fun–although maybe not legal(?)–pleasures of YouTube is watching videos of live performances.
For instance, if youâ€™re an Elton John fan like me, you can watch an entire concert of performances over several decades just by using the â€œRelated Videosâ€ feature.
Or, you can watch the evolution of a song like â€œYour Songâ€, Eltonâ€™s first big hit, over five decades.
This is a demo recording of Your Song from 1969 (there’s actually no video). The melody and vocals are actually quite different from the studio version released in 1970.
This is a live performance from 1970. It’s pretty similar to the studio release.
This is a live recording from a concert in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. You can tell that heâ€™s sung the song thousands and thousands of times, and he gets pretty creative with certain parts of it. His voice is a bit hoarse, I think because he had throat polyps. The album of this concert is one of my favorite live albums.
This is after surgery to correct the throat polyps, and heâ€™s lost a good portion of the lower range of his voice.
The First Decade of the Twenty-First Century (We still donâ€™t have an accepted name for this decade, do we? When will we decide on one? Probably in 2010.)
This is from his 60th birthday party at Madison Square Garden.