293 - Sir Elton John

Acompanhe esta entrevista exclusiva com Elton John – feita por ocasião do lançamento de Gnomeo & Juliet, que ele produziu (incluindo a trilha sonora). Perto de fazer 65 anos, Sir Elton se mostra de bem com a vida: livre da dependência de tóxicos, um pai feliz e acompanhando com gosto o cenário musical, inclusive o rap!
by Jordan Riefe.

Elton John has been a dominant part of the pop music scene for more than 40 years. He recorded his first album, Empty Sky, in 1969, while Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which was released in 1973, is considered a classic. And, whereas many of his contemporaries {yootooltip title=[have faded]} have faded: foram se apagando {/yootooltip}, Elton John, who celebrated his 65th birthday on March 25th, is still going strong. His latest venture is as the executive producer of the film, Gnomeo & Juliet. This is an animated feature that combines William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, with a comedy about garden gnomes.
Two British actors, Emily Blunt and James McAvoy, provide the main voices, while many of Elton John’s more famous songs are included in the {yootooltip title=[soundtrack]} soundtrack: trilha sonora {/yootooltip}.
In the film two rival gangs of gnomes, the reds and the blues, fight against each other. Some American critics thought that this was a symbol for the United States’ divisions: red is the colour of the Republicans and blue is the colour of the Democrats. Elton John says this was a coincidence, even if the film does have a message:

Elton John
(Standard British accent)

We tend, as children, {yootooltip title=[to ape our parents]} to ape our parents: imitar nossos pais {/yootooltip}, and I think this is a {yootooltip title=[ storyline ]} storyline: história, trama, enredo {/yootooltip} saying that {yootooltip title=[we should all get on]} we should all get on: devemos todos nos dar bem, saber conviver {/yootooltip}, even if we’re Catholic and we’re Protestant, or we’re Muslim and we’re Jews, if we’re Democrats or Republicans. I think in America, though, {yootooltip title=[it’s gotten so far outstretched now]} it’s gotten so far outstretched now: (a rivalidade) é tão exagerada {/yootooltip}, where the rhetoric is so dangerous, and it puts things in people’s minds. It’s so unnecessary. And if there is any message that can come out of this film, which is purely coincidental, and the time is coincidental, then {yootooltip title=[I’m all for it]} I’m all for it: eu estou completamente de acordo {/yootooltip}. Because, as I grow older, {yootooltip title=[ it saddens me ]} it saddens me: entristece-me {/yootooltip} to see a country that I love so much, having such a {yootooltip title=[ gulf ]} gulf: “abismo”, golfo {/yootooltip} between people sometimes that they don’t meet in the middle and talk and put their differences aside.

Elton John – whose real name is Reginald Dwight – has certainly had a varied career. In the 1980s he became {yootooltip title=[ chairman ]} chairman: presidente {/yootooltip} of his favourite {yootooltip title=[soccer team]} soccer team: time de futebol {/yootooltip}, Watford, but he says that the biggest change came in the 1990s, when he received a phone call from Tim Rice, asking him to co-write the music for the film The Lion King:

Elton John

I don’t know what’s around the corner, and {yootooltip title=[that’s kind of the way I like it]} that’s kind of the way I like it: e é assim que eu gosto {/yootooltip}. You really can’t plan. My life has not... or my career has not been planning, “Oh, in three years, we’re going to do this.” It just happens by accident, ‘cause you never know what part you’re going to be offered. You never know what {yootooltip title=[ gig ]} gig: show, apresentação {/yootooltip} you’re going to be offered. And that one part and one show, or one project, can change your whole life. And that’s the way I look at it.
So I don’t really have any more ambitions, other than I just want to work and do excellent {yootooltip title=[ stuff ]} stuff: coisas {/yootooltip} and enjoy it. And I’m enjoying everything in my life. But I think the element of surprise in this business is what makes us really love it because one day you’re sitting by the phone, waiting to do something, or not doing anything, and the next day {yootooltip title=[you’ve got the chance of a lifetime]} you’ve got the chance of a lifetime: lhe aparece uma oportunidade que pode mudar sua vida {/yootooltip}. So, you know, those little phone calls don’t come up so often, but when they come up, it’s fantastic.

And the 1990s was also the decade that Elton John met his partner, David Furnish, who is also one of the producers of Gnomeo & Juliet. {yootooltip title=[ They joined ]} they joined: eles se uniram, se casaram {/yootooltip} in a civil union in 2005, while last Christmas they became the {yootooltip title=[ proud parents ]} proud parents: pais orgulhosos {/yootooltip} of a baby boy, Zachary, who was born via a {yootooltip title=[surrogate]} surrogate: “barriga de aluguel” {/yootooltip}:

Elton John

It’s been the most wonderful thing that probably has ever happened to me after meeting David.
And it’s really been... the most surprising thing is, it’s been very relaxing, because this little soul that you’re feeding, and you’re changing, and you’re bathing, and you’re telling bedtime stories to, is a {yootooltip title=[blank palette]} blank palette: palheta (de cores) em {/yootooltip}, is a blank {yootooltip title=[canvas]} canvas: tela (para pintar) {/yootooltip} , and all it needs is love and {yootooltip title=[nurturing]} nurturing: dedicar cuidado {/yootooltip}. And it’s just the most wonderful feeling. When he gets to talking and running around, I’ll probably feel a little different. What can I tell you? It’s wonderful, and {yootooltip title=[I’m biased]} I’m biased: eu sou suspeito para falar {/yootooltip}.

In the past Elton John was often in the news for non-musical reasons. He had a history of cocaine {yootooltip title=[ addiction ]} addiction: dependência, vício {/yootooltip} and bulimia, but he now thinks that he has found stability:

Elton John

As I grow older, {yootooltip title=[I’m much more content in my own skin]} I’m much more content in my own skin: estou bem mais tranquilo, confortável com o que sou {/yootooltip} because, {yootooltip title=[ when I come off stage ]} when I come off stage: quando saio do palco {/yootooltip} now, I have a balance in my life, and, until I found that in 1990, I didn’t. I came off stage, and I didn’t know what to do with myself.
Now, I come home and I fly home every night after a show. And I get back in my own bed, and I have a wonderful partner. I have wonderful friends. I can remember things! I don’t take drugs any more! It’s a whole new world out there!

And here are some more questions and answers with Elton John at the recent Gnomeo and Juliet press conference:

Your music is very varied. {yootooltip title=[ What accounts ]} What accounts: qual é a razão {/yootooltip} for your great eclecticism?
The fact that I grew up in a house that listened to radio, bought records. My family always bought records, and I grew up in the early ‘50s, so it was either classical music or dance music or great vocalists like Frank Sinatra. And I knew all the great American singers. And then, you know, rock and roll came and changed my life, and changed the whole music scene forever.

{yootooltip title=[ I never dismiss ]} I never dismiss: nunca rejeito a priori {/yootooltip} any form of music. I listen to everything. {yootooltip title=[ People who mock rap ]} people who mock rap: as pessoas que desprezam o rap {/yootooltip} and say, “I don’t like it,” they should go and see Kanye West in the studio rapping, or Eminem, when he’s in the studio. It’s a phenomenon. It’s like modern jazz was when John Coltrane, all those people started. {yootooltip title=[It may not be your cup of tea]} it may not be your cup of tea: pode não ser o seu preferido {/yootooltip}, but don’t ridicule it. I find that so many people of my age don’t listen to anything new. I love the new.

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