Someday Out Of The Blue
Elton John's The Road to El Dorado
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Live Solo Piano Version
Key: Bb Structure: B-A-B-A-B-C-A-B-B

Someday Out of the Blue was the first single released from Elton's music for the animated film The Road to El Dorado. Unfortunately the film didn't do so well and, even though the songs are excellent, they didn't do well either.

This version is from Sir Elton’s appearance on the Rosie O’Donnell show in March 2000. In my opinion, this is not quite Elton at his best. It feels rushed and a little heavy handed, but since it’s the only solo version I’ve heard, maybe that’s how he’s choosing to perform it. I don’t know, but I’ve tried to recreate that feeling with this midi. After all, I want to capture Elton faithfully with 100% accuracy, even if its not quite up to his standards of excellence.

There are several reasons I’m saying this; they’re not good or bad, they just ARE. First of all, this version clocks in at about 45 seconds faster than the studio version. Second, although Elton starts off with a more gentle left hand, he later shifts to pumping quarter note pulses in the lower registers of the piano. Finally, this version is far more syncopated than the studio. He starts off in the more relaxed “on-the-beat” feel of the original studio version, but he soon shifts. By the time he’s 6 bars into it, he’s consistently playing on the up beat. I don't know, maybe he had a clock on him and he needed to rush it. Maybe he was sick of it already!

The song definitely has “movie song” stamped all over it. With its lyrics about love and yearning, its almost impossible to not conjure up scenes from the movie. I'm (favorably) reminded of another great animated movie song “Somewhere Out There,” from those mouse movies - you know the ones I'm talking about!

The song is in Bb, one of those pianist-friendly keys. (Pianists prefer the song key to have 2 or 3 black notes because our thumbs and 5th finger’s are much shorter than our middle fingers.) He pretty much stays in key. Besides plenty of I-IV-V type harmony, he throws in lots of IIm, IIIm, and VIm. He also does things like play a Bb with a D bass just to keep things interesting (a standard Elton device). Resolving the chorus to Gm at the end is also an interesting twist.

Structurally it’s really kind of different: intro-chorus-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus-chorus. The 2-bar intro is followed by an 8-bar chorus that is sung 5 times throughout the song. The verses are placed in between the choruses and they are 8 bars in length with an added 6-beat tag-along bar. The bridge is 8 bars and consists of a little repeating descending bass line figure.

The playing style should be very familiar to Elton fans. This is actually an excellent tune for the intermediate pianist who wants to sound like Elton. Most of the song consists of his standard chord riffing style that he’s used throughout his career, all the way back to “Your Song.” Here's the intro.

He also intersperses his Mozart style of arpeggiating in the softer parts of the song. I particularly loved the following part. Classic Elton on display here. Gotta love it!