Amy Douglas shares a favourite track

Amy Douglas shares a favourite track

A track a day keeps the bad vibes away.

With the current circumstances and the weird, turbulent times all over the globe, we asked our friends to choose a favourite album or a track for these isolated days, and share it with us along with a photo. An album a day keeps the bad vibes away. Stay safe.

Straight from NYC, our beloved vocalist and songwriter Amy Douglas shares with us a song that means the world to her, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

“I if I had to pinpoint one album just one above all others that takes me to the beginning of everything that means the world to me it is ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. There are roughly about 10 artists who ultimately shaped my destiny and Elton John is in the top three. During times like this I often try to reach for the things that made me happy in childhood as my childhood was hardly happy, it was quite frightful. When you can reach down for the things that bring you joy in this case, the thing that ultimately started me on my path, It brings a sense of hope to the body quickly; to the spirit. It reminds you to hold on no matter what till the very end that there is always somewhere a section of the sky with a perfect sun in it. In this case ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ achieves not only the tears inducing magic that takes me back to being a kid, lonely and constantly dodging toxic bullets at home and school, and how every time this album began I saw the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ in the title, illuminated.

‘Funeral for a Friend’ kicks off and I’m gone. Elton John is a musical Sherpa and a spiritual guide of my life. ‘Oh I finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road?’ I don’t even know that a yellow brick road existed and was possible until this album. Gloriously drenched in fantasy without being a concept album it also features some of the best musical moments from the band completely amazing playing by his brilliant band Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and the criminally underrated Dee Murray, all proving they could SING like Gods-Listen to the vocal backup track on ‘Candle In The Win’ and ‘Harmony’! Gus Dudgeon’s production already otherworldly soars to new heights. The songs are already legendary, but the album cuts are every bit as appealing. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics always some of my favorite ever penned are all the more personal and candid as fame now clearly overwhelms.

Then the maestro, my hero of heroes the perfect messenger for a walk down the gilded path of dreams and vision and hope, singing and playing as never before and that is SAYING something, because when is Elton Hercules John NOT the best you EVER heard? It’s that solo on ‘Benny and The Jets’. This is a majestic masterwork, both utterly maximalist and utterly intimate and soul baring. It’s my Balm In Gilead.”


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