Tiny Dancer, Elton John - Song of the Week

This is part of a weekly series where I share a song that I connected with in the past week. Send song suggestions to songoftheweek@colincwilliams.com. I post every Monday so you can enjoy the song over the course of the week.

I first heard Tiny Dancer, by Elton John, was in my grade 12 English class while watching the film Almost Famous. Beyond just being a good song, its use in the movie was perfect.

Almost Famous is a fictional story, set in the 1970’s, about a young journalist trying to document the new and upcoming rock band Stillwater for Rolling Stone. he leaves home to follow the band, finding himself along the way. The Tiny Dancer scene happens when the group has hit rock bottom.

Bernie Taupin wrote Tiny Dancer “to capture the free spirits of the women he met in California on his first visit to America in 1970”. In Almost Famous, that lighthearted tone brings the group out of their dreary mood, letting them have a fresh perspective on the situation. It’s a pivotal moment in the story, and is portrayed perfectly along with Tiny Dancer. As a viewer, I immediately connected with the scene and the song, remembering it ever since.

I’ve embedded the full scene from Almost Famous below, however Tiny Dancer starts at 1:23.

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Song of the Week


an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.

I believe music is one of the key differences between humans and the rest of the animals on this world. Music communicates emotion strictly through sound — from joy to sorrow, anger to love. It can lift us up when we are down, helping us through troubled times. Music will cause us to sit in contemplation or dance with glee.

We connect with music.

Throughout my life I have connected deeply with music. It has helped me through many tough times in my life and brought me great joy in others. Music has taken some of the best moments of my life and made them better, and helped me reflect back on others.

I want to share the music that connects with me in case it should connect with someone else. Every week I will be posting a different song that I have connected with in some way. Take a listen. If you like it, add the song to your library. If you don’t, wait until the following week; we all like something a little different.

I also want to hear what music you connect with. Send suggestions to songoftheweek@colincwilliams.com. I promise I’ll listen, and may post it as part of the series.

Remember, life is an Open Road; turn up the radio and sign along.

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