Video Review: Elton John “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”

Circa 1950s, a “Rock N Roll Nite” banner hangs in the Rivoli Ballroom in London, England. An 18-year-old young man kisses a 17-year-old young woman as they stand by scattered balloons. She watches him as he leaves. Elton John plays the piano in the ballroom during present time.

In black-and-white, soldiers run at Bravenhill Camp. The 18-year-old young man chews his gum as the general prods him. Back in color, he and his friends walk into the ballroom. The 17-year-old young woman waits on the sidewalk and turns to watch him. In black-and-white, he and the other recruits get their hair shaved. Sitting by himself, he shakes his head. As he stands up, he kicks the chair. Back in color, a second 17-year-old young woman stares at an On The Watefront movie poster hanging on the wall of a restaurant. The 17-year-old young woman sips her drink. She and the second 17-year-old young woman walk together. The 18-year-old young man bumps into her and they stare at one another.

Back in black-and-white, he holds out his foam tray on the counter. The food service worker puts some mystery meat on it. Another recruit bumps into him. He sits at a table and daydreams. Lying on his bed, he places his photograph of the 17-year-old young woman by his pillow. Back in color, he stares at her while her boyfriend chases her in the park. He and his girlfriend make out in the backseat of his car.

In black-and-white, the general pulls him aside as he runs during training. Back in color, John plays the piano during the dance. The 17-year-old young woman walks into the ballroom by himself. The 18-year-old young man sees her as she talks with her friends. Back in black-and-white, he and several other recruits do jumping jacks in the rain. In color, he asks her to dance and kisses her. In black-and-white, he lies on the wet pavement. Back in color, he tosses a rock into the late. The 17-year-old young woman runs up to him and they hug.

Rating: 5/5

The 18-year-old young man promised himself he wouldn’t fall in love. It was pointless. There was a war going on and he would have to serve his time in the National Service for two years. His parents told him to do his homework and stop going out. He ignored them and he slept with a few girls. The girls promised to stay with him and wait. However, he only wanted the 17-year-old young woman.

The 17-year-old young woman leans against him and says she knows it’s goodbye. However, they’ll meet each other again someday and perhaps, will be able to have a relationship. He holds her hand and tells her it’s not what he wants. He wants to call her on the phone and write to her. They can send each other pictures and find a way to make it work. She says they’ll stay together.

In his pocket, he opens his worn picture of her as he sits on the bus. He was heading home after two years. In his last letter, he told her to meet him at the dock. But she may not come. She could be with someone else. He wouldn’t blame her. For the past two years, he wasn’t sure he’d be able to be come home. She deserved to be happy. As he sits on the dock, he hears his name. Turning around, he sees it’s her. He asks her to marry him and says she’s kept him going. She’s the only reason he’s alive. She presses his head against his chest and tells him, “yes.”

Director: Russell Mulcahy Year: 1983

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.