In 2017, Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin won a contest to produce, along with co-director Stephen McNally of London, England, a video for Elton John’s hit song, “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time).”
The competition, called The Cut, called on filmmakers to compete to produce videos for three of John’s best-known songs. YouTube was a supporter of the initiative, but I couldn’t find any other information; a link to a page on John’s website turns back a “page not found” message.
Adin’s animated video mimics the experience of leaving his home in Iran to take refuge in the United Kingdom. It depicts a man, dressed as an astronaut, making a long, solo journey away from his family and juxtaposes these scenes with the adventure of space flight and exploration. The commonalities throughout are isolation and loneliness, but also hope, wonder and love.
Today’s selection was the lead single from John’s 1972 album, Honky Château. Like most Elton John songs it is a product of his longtime collaboration with English lyricist Bernie Taupin. “Rocket Man” (Rocketman) is also the title of a 2019 biographical musical film that chronicles the English superstar’s life. My sweety and I haven’t watched the movie yet, but would very much like to watch it.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official music video from Elton John’s YouTube channel:
Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.