Sir Elton John is an extraordinary force in the music industry and his legacy is being honored with his own biopic, Rocketman.
In the 1970s, John chronicled his grandiose life as his career was reaching for the stratosphere in a diary.
Based on the snippets mentioned in The Observer, his crazy rock star lifestyle is something that needs to be depicted on screen.
Looking back, the 72-year-old five-time-Grammy winner said he and his lyricist Bernie Taupin were unaware of the impact his music was making early in his career.
"Understandably, Bernie and I had no idea what the hell was going on – you know, I hadn't even wanted to be a rock star in the first place, I just wanted to be a successful songwriter – but it just got bigger and bigger over the next few years."
Good read. “I kept a diary...I wrote everything down in this matter-of-fact way, which ends up making it seem even… https://t.co/4IIolEEZlk— Stephen Moran (@Stephen Moran)1558890074.0
He introduced an entry from his journal in which he unintentionally came off as "hilarious" and "even more preposterous."
"I kept a diary the whole time, and it's inadvertently hilarious. I wrote everything down in this matter-of-fact way, which ends up making it seem even more preposterous."
On one particular day, his list of accomplishments was the stuff of viral sensations by today's standards.
"Woke up, watched Grandstand. Wrote Candle in the Wind.
Went to London, bought Rolls-Royce. Ringo Starr came for dinner."
Elton John wins the award for the best diary entry ever (quoted in today’s Observer). “Woke up, watched Grandstand… https://t.co/kgl0bGNN8w— Stig Abell (@Stig Abell)1558885973.0
The retrospective of his days activities did indeed go viral when Stig Abell, an editor for the Times Literary Supplement, shared the quote on Twitter, racking up over 36k likes.
What did Ringo have to say? And did he bring wine?
@StigAbell I would like to read Ringo's entry on his diary for that same day— Lucia Cervera G.C. (@Lucia Cervera G.C.)1558897811.0
Twitter had some ideas.
@lucyheisinger @StigAbell Went to Elton’s for tea. For some reason he only gave me the cheap plonk and had padlocked the cocktail cabinet.— Beanybear (@Beanybear)1558899200.0
@lucyheisinger @StigAbell Yellow Submarine. Octopus’s Garden. Why did those gets give me all the aquatic stuff to s… https://t.co/EFrQ6MnRNV— Between the Lines (@Between the Lines)1558914117.0
@lucyheisinger @StigAbell Got up, played drums, went to Elton's for tea, went home. Peace & Love.— Peter Cubbin (@Peter Cubbin)1558907265.0
Others began comparing their summaries from days past that included everything from banal activities, extravagant happenings, and everything in between.
@StigAbell Second best. https://t.co/bhWZTt4qsC— John Self (@John Self)1558886118.0
@john_self @StigAbell May I humbly present an entry from the diary of my late Nanna, Sept 2001? https://t.co/Wd5FFk2bBR— Emma Wright (@Emma Wright)1558891066.0
@StigAbell That is excellent. This from Richard Burton... https://t.co/u3hsXQpLqX— John Gerard (@John Gerard)1558949714.0
@StigAbell Fabulous. I recently read a 1925 diary entry by a Franciscan monk at the Santa Barbara mission - "Had j… https://t.co/tzzmCYMZDb— Jane Gerson (@Jane Gerson)1558891199.0
One entry went back almost two centuries.
@StigAbell I saw this a loved it! https://t.co/tfJvTeV18C— Lyndsey (@Lyndsey)1558892983.0
Sometimes, the most mundane things in life stay with you forever.
For John, watching his life unfold on screen was a "disconcerting one, like having an incredibly vivid dream."
"And the story of how I ended up in a cinema, crying my eyes out at the sight of my family 60 years ago, is a long and convoluted one. And it begins, naturally enough, with a naked transgender woman with sparks flying out of her vagina."
Now that sounds like an appropriate beginning to the legendary singer's ostentatious and wondrous life.
Rocketman will premiere in theaters on May 31.