Today, when an artist releases a music video it usually comes within a week or two of the song release; but, when you're a legend like Elton John
, you can take as long as you want. On Monday, Elton John premiered the music video for "Tiny Dancer," the lead song on his 1971 album Madman Across the Water,
a whole 45 years after its release. This is one of his most iconic records to date, having been covered by acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Grohl. This release comes at an interesting time, and in an interesting way. The modernity of the video provides insight for the younger generations who are consuming this work - because honestly what senior Elton John fan can navigate social media and Youtube well enough to find this?
The video is a near 7 minute long short-film directed by Max Weiland and explores various aspects of life in Los Angeles, and has a unique connection to cars. The story of the song is told through the characters featured in the video as they sit as drivers or passengers in different vehicles with contrasting emotions. We see three young girls adorned in colorful dresses laughing as they cruise through the city celebrating an event that isn't properly explained, as well as an old woman crying behind the wheel of her car. In addition to this, there's a couple singing along together and an older couple dancing to the sound of their car stereo in the parking lot of a gas station. Everyone appears to be having a great time, or to be persevering through a tough one - also there's a scene where Marilyn Manson strokes a snake just for the hell of it. Elton really gave "legends only" a new meaning with this one.