When I posted Elton John’s “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” as a terrific procession song suggested by our client for May 4, 2013, I mentioned that although it might not have been Elton’s most famous song it worked incredibly well because of it’s delicate, very strong melody.
Well, if “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” isn’t Elton John’s most famous hit, “Tiny Dancer” might possibly his most iconic song, thanks to Cameron Crowe, and the movie “Almost Famous.”
The two main reasons this song works so well as a wedding processional is the immediately recognizable sound of Sir Elton’s piano playing, and the temptation to sing along to the chorus. Getting your guests to smile during your procession adds an element of togetherness, as well as delight that you had the foresight to chose an unpredictable, albeit perfect choice, which truly can set a warm, easy-going mood for the entire evening.
In the iconic 2000 movie “Almost Famous,” Billy Crudup stars as a “B-level” troubled egocentric “bad boy.” Following a near-disastrous encounter with teen-aged fans, Crowe selected “Tiny Dancer” as the song to represent the music that brings the band back together as a unit. He allows us to hear the song with only Elton, then each member of the band joining in until everyone’s singing the chorus in full voice “….Hold me closer, Tiny Dancer….” Great scene, great movie, unique and instantly recognizable processional choice.
As a side note. I’ve never heard anybody mention how or why Cameron Crowe cast a virtual unknown Billy Crudup to portray the troubled, charismatic shaggy-haired, 20-something, mustached rocker…who bears an uncanny resemblance to the young James Taylor. In case you were wondering, that’s Sweet Baby James on the left, looking a whole lot hipper than the tall, bald, ex-heroin-addict we will always love as the living embodiment of the heart-rendering balladeer singer/songwriter/poet laureate of the Baby Boom Generation.
But getting back to Elton John, “Tiny Dancer’s” universal appeal remains a major part of the pantheon of great rock ‘n roll songs, certainly one that is fun and instantly recognizable.
Try it as the Full Processional, rather than the Bridal Procession, because of the length of the song.Let me know what you think.