By Tom Quiner

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“Elton kicks my ass on piano.”

These are the words of another legendary rock and roll piano player, Billy Joel. That’s quite a compliment coming from someone with the chops of a Billy Joel. Billy literally gushes talking about his buddy, Elton:

“He’s fantastic — a throwback to Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino and Little Richard. His spontaneous, improvisational playing always challenges me. And that is his contribution to rock & roll and pop: his musicianship.”

I’ve seen the two perform together in concert a couple of times. All told, I’ve seen Elton John in concert some seven times, or so. I’m a big fan. Elton John does something better than most of his rock and roll songwriting peers: write great melodies. Billy Joel expresses it well:

“Any melodic songwriter owes a debt to Elton John, the supreme melodist. I don’t know sh*t about new bands, but anybody who plays the keyboard and likes melody must give a nod to Elton. Like Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Carole King and the Beatles, he carries on the rich tradition of writing beautiful melodies.”

As a hack piano player, I’ve got to admit I’m mesmerized by the way he pounds the ivories. His concert performances allow him to cut lose on the piano with a dazzling virtuosity that never fails to delight his audience, regardless of age.
At last night’s Emmy Awards, Mr. John performed a song from his new album (“The Diving Board”) which he dedicated to another legendary piano player, Liberace. He told the back story of the song, “Home Again”:

“When I met him [Liberace], he always talked about how much he loved going home to his house. It’s a feeling of being at peace and being yourself. Liberace left us 25 years ago – and what a difference those years have made to people like me, and people like me.”

By “people like me,” he refers to people with same-sex attractions. In the quarter-of-a-century since the death of Liberace, who died of AIDS contracted from one of his prolific (and promiscuous) homosexual encounters, homosexuality has become exalted among liberal elites.
These elites seem to want to judge a person, not by the content of their character, but by the politically-correct passions coursing through his or her groin. And gayness is very, very politically-correct with this crowd, so much so, that they insist on basing marriage on it.
I like Elton John, the musician, the composer, the entertainer. I don’t like the way celebrities like him publicly revere gayness. Here’s why: the fruit of gay chic is so-called gay marriage. Religious liberty and gay marriage cannot coexist. It is impossible. Once gayness is established as a civil right, something has to give. If the faithful publicly deny the validity of these so-called marriages based on their faith, they will run afoul of the law. It is already happening. The faithful will have to make a choice: publicly deny their faith or suffer economic martyrdom at the hands of the thought police who dominate government.
Most conservatives believe what two consenting men do in the privacy of their bedroom is between them, and that it should stay there. Liberals believe it should be publicly proclaimed, and even more, universally celebrated by force of law.
Some of my conservative friends suggest we need to separate ourselves from those with whom we so passionately disagree. But then we’d cut ourselves off from half of the world. Even more, we’d lose our ability to influence others.
How about Elton John? For me, I disagree with him on issues like this. But I love his music, so I’ll keep buying it.
You can listen to his new single, “Home Again,” above.
What do you think?

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  1. JoeC on September 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Your personal religious beliefs cannot trump the U.S. Constitution.
    We have Freedom of Religion, where government cannot take sides based on a person’s religious beliefs. They can’t force you to attend the church of their choosing (which is why many immigrated here from Europe) and they can’t give preference to one religion over another, even if it’s a majority of the people.
    You can hold all the rallies or protests or any other law abiding gathering to protest gay marriage. But if you want to live in a free society you can not ban it.
    No one would even consider slavery as equality today, but it was tolerated because of the religious views of a few.

    • quinersdiner on September 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Neither can your religious beliefs trump the Constitution. That is what is happening, the establishment of a state religion in direct violation of the Constitution. Call it Secular Humanism or Sexual Paganism or whatever. It is nonetheless a system of sacred beliefs and practices that unite its adherents in a community.
      Practicing Catholics, for example, have a different set of sacred beliefs that bases marriage on the possibility of Creation, not the intentional suppression of it. If a practicing Catholic doesn’t accept the new definition of marriage based on same-sex lust as opposed to procreation, they can and will be sanctioned by the State, freedom of conscience be damned.
      Regarding equality, people with same-sex attractions have always been free to marry someone of legal age of the opposite gender (as long as it wasn’t a sibling). By the same token, people with opposite-gender attractions have always been PREVENTED by law from marrying someone of the same gender. I don’t know where you ever got the idea that there was discrimination. Marriage was based on the possibility of children, not lust. Now liberals want to change the definition based on their religion and impose it on adherents of different sets of faith.

      • JoeC on September 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Until Catholics are being forced to conduct gay marriages by the government, no one is infringing upon your religious views. Just because you don’t like it or because your church sees it a sin does not give you the right to ban it.
        I realize that laws vary by state or community, but any law that would require you to go against your sacred belief is wrong, and I would defend your right against government forcing you to do it, such as performing gay marriage in your church. Of course, if you want to maintain your tax-exempt status for your church-based business, you have to live by the government’s rules regarding discrimination. When the government is involved, you cannot discriminate.
        If you want to define procreation as a legal requirement of marriage, then that would exclude many heterosexuals. Of course, homosexuals with children would still be eligible to get married.

  2. bernicium on September 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Reblogged this on O King of my heart.

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