Leon Russell, the renowned singer/songwriter/pianist, died today at that age of 74. A group of Atlantic readers in a TAD thread posted some of their favorite Russell songs, including “Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream”:
This is probably my favorite track from Leon Russell and Elton John’s collaboration The Union. Leon’s performance here makes me feel nostalgic for a time and place I never knew and would probably have a hard time relating to if I did. I get the sense that it had a similar effect on Elton.
Not to get all schmaltzy here, but after a week of fear and recriminations following an especially divisive election, it’s great to see a bit of a bromance between a straight country singer from Oklahoma and a gay pop singer from London:
Though that bromance doesn’t come anywhere near JoebamaBromance—the single biggest thing that’s lifted my mood since Tuesday.