2011 Tribeca Film Festival kicked of on a chilly Wednesday night with the screening of “The Union”. Cameron Crowes’s documentary about the album that Elton John recorded with his musical idol Leon Russell was screened outdoors at the World Financial Center. Elton John also closed the night with a live performance of “Your Song”.
With frozen fingers on a chilly April night, luckily there was no rain, surrounded by tall buildings and couple of crazy stalkers, my friend and I didn’t expect any dancing at this “party”. But it was magical – movie, music, performance! Was it because of Cameron Crowes’s talent to captures unique moments about writing and recording Elton John’s most recent album, or was it about the team of great people: producer T Bone Burnett, lyricist Bernie Taupin, icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks? Maybe it was because of Leon Russell and all the years that he dedicated to making true songs, as he said in the movie, or was it just Elton John? His remarkable talent and breathtaking performance of “Tiny Dancer”, “Rocket Man”, “Never too old (To hold Somebody)” from the last album which he dedicated to Leon Russell while performing it. Hard to decide…
To me it was a little bit of everything, just like our New York City. It was The Union. The Union of artists that changed the world. The Union of good music. Music that lasts!