On May 4, 2013 we played Elton John’s esoteric classic “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” for a delightful client, who requested it for their bridal processional. I thought it was a terrific choice, and it turned out to be extremely successful. While it may not be Elton John’s most famous song, the melody is extremely song and worked extremely as an instrumental with guitar and keyboard. Which basically makes everything about that party just about perfect.
Sir Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin are known for their evocative, sensitive lyrics as well as Elton’s instantly recognizable piano sound. However, the fact that music for Wedding Processions are played simply by instrumentalists and render the lyrics irrelevant. The key element is that the melody is strong enough to stand on its own. And quite frankly the lyrics to “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” are sweet but fairly inconsequential,
While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers
Turn around and say good morning to the night
For unless they see the sky
But they can’t and that is why
They know not if it’s dark outside or light
But just to give Bernie Taupin his due, one lyric would fit nicely if indeed it were to be sung:
I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you.
With it’s strong chordal structure and clear melody, Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters does make a terrific addition to your choices for your wedding procession…one that you almost never find on any traditional list.
Let me know what you think.