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Songwriter Bernie Taupin discuss Astros and bringing his pop artwork to Houston

Bernie Taupin, longtime musical companion to Elton John, will showcase his paintings in Houston.

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Famend songwriter Bernie Taupin, recognized for his lifelong collaboration with Elton John, is coming to Houston. And he is hoping to catch a baseball recreation whereas he is on the town.

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Taupin might be right here as a part of “Reflections,” an exhibition of his work at Off the Wall Gallery. It runs Nov. 1-19, and Taupin will make appearances Thursday and Saturday.

“I am simply hoping the Astros make it that far so I can go to a recreation. Why do you suppose I am coming?” he says with fun. “I am hoping that they make it to a sixth recreation so I can most likely catch that whereas I am there.”

Sarcastically, Sport 6 is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Minute Maid Park, the identical day John was imagined to carry out on the venue as a part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Highway: The Last Tour. The present was introduced months in the past however canceled in mid-October when the Astros superior within the MLB playoffs. It won’t be rescheduled.

“I hope they make it that far as a result of if they do not, then there was no have to cancel the present,” Taupin, 72, says. He has a youthful brother who lives in Houston.

Reflections: The Artwork of Bernie Taupin

When: Nov 1-19

Meet Taupin, 5-8 pm Nov. 3 and 4-7 pm Nov. 5; you will need to RSVP at or 713-871-0940

The place: Off the Wall Gallery, 5015 Westheimer, Ste. 220


“I am nonetheless in mourning that the (Los Angeles) Dodgers did not make it. I am a lifelong, bleeding blue boy. It is fairly unhappy that we did not even make it by means of the primary week.”

Most of Taupin’s unique artwork work consists of enormous, sculptural items that incorporate discovered supplies, manipulated flags, scorched paper, rope, wire, and wooden. A number of embody disassembled guitar components. He started portray within the early ’90s and was “utterly fascinated” by JMW Turner, often known as a forerunner of summary portray.

Impressed by the hits

The “Reflections” collection that’s coming to Houston, nonetheless, finds extra of a direct overlap with Taupin’s musical output. It contains originals and prints impressed by the duo’s pop classics: “Your Track,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Crocodile Rock.” Typeface tune titles and lyrics are printed atop photos of flags, hearts, vinyl albums and extra.

A pattern of Bernie Taupin’s artwork work titled ‘GYBR,’ impressed by the tune ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway.’

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Taupin says he created this collection to coincide with John’s farewell tour that runs by means of July (as of now). Among the many most hanging items are “Ba Ba Bennie,” impressed by Robert Palmer’s mock band of feminine fashions; “Maintain Me Nearer,” that includes a purple coronary heart and certain of better curiosity due to the John and Britney Spears duet; and “GYBR,” that includes rainbow lettering and a black piano towards a yellow background.

“Elton’s on the market doing reveals, so that is my manner of claiming, ‘Thanks to the followers’ and paying my bus fare on the identical time, I suppose,” Taupin says. “It is at all times gratifying when individuals discuss your music as being the soundtrack to their lives or there is a tune of ours that they performed at their wedding ceremony.”

Taupin’s early paintings was impressed by summary expressionists Hans Hoffman and Franz Kline. Earlier than that, inspiration got here from a extra private place.

“My mom and her father had been two of the inspirations that basically drove my ardour for creativity, unquestionably,” he says. “Once I was youthful, I actually did not have the time or the inclination, I suppose. I used to be extra apt to tour with Elton. I had an incredible love for artwork, however I did not have the aspiration to truly throw my hat within the ring.”

He is sorry for his busy schedule. Taupin’s storied partnership with John is without doubt one of the most profitable in music historical past. They had been introduced collectively by a 1967 newspaper advert in search of songwriters and went on to create a few of the most celebrated songs of all time. Taupin additionally co-wrote Coronary heart’s “These Goals” and “Starship’s “We Constructed This Metropolis,” including to his pop-rock pedigree.

Writing a memoir

He recounts all of it in a memoir he began writing in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is presently within the modifying stage and due for a Sept. 2023 launch.

“It was unbelievable. It was very cathartic. I actually spent a number of hours a day, for 2 years, and I feel it saved my (expletive), mainly. I say that in all seriousness,” Taupin says.

Bernie Taupin, left, and British musician Elton John in the course of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020.

Picture: Frederic J. Brown/AFP through Getty Photographs

“The place we’re, the place we dwell, we did not undergo from the pandemic the best way I feel individuals within the internal cities did. I work in a really solitary manner, so it by no means actually affected me. It is simply me and the devices I take advantage of to create no matter I am creating.”

The broad attraction of “Reflections” ought to guarantee a wholesome Houston run. Taupin is able to embrace the crowds. And hopefully catch an Astros recreation.

“I put my coronary heart and soul into this. They’re reminders of a tune that any person has a reference to or an incredible Elton present they noticed. I suppose you would say they’re based mostly on nostaglia. Nothing unsuitable with that, I suppose ,” he says. “It is a full pop-rock agenda taking place right here. I would like them to be enjoyable. I would like them to be issues that folks join with.”

  • joey battle

    Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. He additionally covers varied points of popular culture. He has reviewed a whole bunch of concert events and interviewed a whole bunch of celebrities, from Justin Bieber to Dolly Parton to Beyonce. He is appeared as an everyday correspondent on Fox26 and was head choose and director of the Satisfaction Celebrity singing competitors for a decade. He has been named journalist of the yr a number of instances by each OutSmart Journal and the FACE Awards. He additionally covers varied points of popular culture, together with the native drag scene and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

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