Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tsssst tsssst tssssst!!!! Wake Up, Ben!!!!!

Ben!!!! This is Jack Rabbit, please weak up!!! Yes, Jack Rabbit, Jack Rabbit!!!!! From Spain!!! Remember me? Are you sleeping, do you, right? Wake up!!! Do you know what's today??? Turn On the Radio, Turn On the Radio!!!!! But on 1400 KKZZ not other, eh?

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Ahhhhhh!!!!! Happy Birthday, Ben!!!! That incredible and great Freeman Michaels always ready to be on your side, today too!!! That's a nice person!!!! You couldn't imagine Freeman would wake you up today, hey? He made a pause on his succesful radio programme "Freeman Michaels Show", "the inspirational radio for life-long learners" he says. Wow!!!! That's great!!!!

Oh, it's earlier in the morning but we have so much things to do!!! Just listen this old Rabbit!!!! You know it's your Birthday, right?

You know how much we love you, true? So don't make noise, just follow me, we are invited to a party, to some parties? whatever!!!!! Just believe in me, dress up fast, take everything needed and follow me!!!

First Stop: Japanese B-Day Party

Well, we arrive to the first station of our journey. Japan. Precisely, surrounding Kyoto, we have a friend waiting. Please, knock on the door: “Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!” That’s Noriko Sakabe, how are you? Noriko likes reading, writing, gardening and, specially, talking with Japanese Elton fans and with her daughter. Yes, Noriko?

Happy Birthday Ben Babylon!!

You make me encourage to choose to have positive attitude every day.
With love for you and your music!!”


Oh, Noriko, thanks so much. “It was a wonderful experience for me to see the Elton John band members in person every time. Specially I loved Guy Babylon on stage. I used to turn to look into the left side of Elton’s position. Guy !”

(silence)

And what do you recommend from Japan to see? If traditional culture is your thing, you can spend weeks in cities such as Kyoto and Nara, gorging yourself on temples, shrines, kabuki, ō (stylised dance-drama), tea ceremonies and museums packed with treasures from Japan's rich artistic heritage. If modern culture and technology is your thing, Japan's cities are an absolute wonderland. Oh, thanks so much, Noriko, you’ve been so kind with us.

What time is it? It’s late here, you have to sleep. Maybe we should continue our travelling plan, we have to go to other country. Bye!!!!

Next Stop: Polish B-Day Party

“Hello!!!!!!!!!!!, anyone there????” The greatest Dagmara Lakomi.

Best wishes Ben! I wish You luck in Your musical life!!! Enjoy playing with Elton ;)

Oh, thank you, Dagmara. She’s one of the most passionate fans of Elton, “It was on September 2nd 2oo6. He was performing a concert in Sopot. My mum encouraged me to watch that event on TV. I didn't know about him at all then, and I did.” Always is great to remind Elton’s first experience. She’s also so supportive to the Babylonist cause, so it’s great to be here.

I love sport and animals”, as you Ben, “Ben plays soccer, a good mid-field player, eh, Ben?”. And your country? Krakow is the perfect introduction for the first time visitor to Poland. The city was left unscarred by the Second World War and today stands as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Warsaw is a city with a point to prove. Overlooked by many tourists for the more obvious delights of Krakow, Warsaw has more than enough sights to cater for the "city break" tourist. Right, Dagmara? "Warsaw isn't the prettiest city in Poland. You should visit Bielsko-Biała ;);)Zakopane and Sopot because there is a beautiful habitat. I like nature more than monuments personally ;)but if You want to see buildings You may come to Warsaw and Kraków or Gdańsk and of course B-B;)". Oh, great then!!!!

We must go, Dagmara, so sorry. A pleasure to have seen you. Bye!!!!

Next Stop: Chzechian B-Day Party

Hello!!!!!!!! What’s happening here???? Oh, the Tišik’s family!!!!!! Hello you all!!!! Hi, Ben Tišik, nice to see you too!!!

My mom Chiara is a italian nurse, my Uncle Robert Eduard Vecchio is a storyteller and poet. We are a large family. We live in a small village near the woods. We are Eltonites! All!”. Right Ben!!!! But what’s all of this? Oh, great!!! Look Ben, some presents for you.

Chiara Canino-Tisik is a talented artist, I will add. Look at the beatiful postcard she did. Wow, that’s chocolate? Jack Rabbit’s crazy with the chocolate. Stand up, Rabbit!!! “I am a nurse / health visitor for the blind and physically handicapped persons and sometimes I play in a band as a drummer” Really???? Wow, didn’t knew that. Oh, that’s great!!!! You’re very popular in facebook for your very beatiful postcards, I have one, it’s on my eltonites blogsite, you were so nice to send me that wonderful card.

Hi Robert Eduard Vecchio, another artist of the family. What a beatiful card too, Rob! “I'm a writer, poet, charity volunteer, percussionist and keyboardist. disability pensioner” oh, now I understand why the fan of John Mahon Czechian Club is... you!!!! A percussionist like you. Wow!!! “And since August 2010 I was the director of the Elton John fan club "Nikita.CZ". I am a fan of those websites, really. Love it so much.

Hi Samuel J. Tisik, the sound engineer and teacher of the family “and caring for horses and nanny”: Oh, you’re very busy, really. I love your postcard for Ben, too!!! That’s wonderful!! Someone said me that you’re a trekkie. Ahhhhhh, and an eltonite I suppose!!! Right!!!

And Mia Rachel? How are you, dear friend? That’s really a very beatiful postcard!!! The cake!!! Couldn’t forget the cake!!! “I love talking to people.” Oh,so what do you recommend about your country, then? Prague is a great town for walking, as the historic district is compact, interesting and full of fun things to see and do. In addition, Prague's history has been well preserved and Praga has become of tourist favorite for a day or two stay. Oh, beatiful city to live. Ben, we could come here other time, with more time, and not have to rush around.

Finally, the treasure of the family, and a really good friend of both. That’s a wonderful present for Ben Babylon, boy. Open hands, a nice friendship sign, a piano on a glass ball, so enjoyable!!! I am sure you boys have a lot of things to speak, really, but I am afraid it’s time. We have to goodbye, sorry.

Continue in what you do! Write music! Because your music is wonderful, great, fantastic! We love it!” Ben to Ben. “He is an amazing man! Wonderful musician! I can never find the right words when I talk about you. But thank God for that, Ben knows.

Yes, you know Ben. That’s a very beatiful friendship. Oh, Ben, Tišik, this time, why don’t you join us on the travelling plan and come with us? I am sure Chiara would love it, right? Trust in Jack Rabbit, Chiara.

“There’s No Goodbyes On The Road”, Chiara, I love that quote to and really appropiated now. Thanks for all, having a good time here too. Bye!!!!

Next Stop: Italian B-Day Party

Ciao Italy!!!! We’re here!!! The Bens and the rabbit. Ahhhhhhhhh those italian babylonists friends, miss you so much!!!!

Oh, that beatiful Silvia Corsaletti, welcoming us with that beatiful and heartfelt poster. We all love Ben’s “Goodbye Superman” song.

“Life is wonderful even if sometimes if it seems so hard!” nice line, but as Elton says “if your friends are there, then everything is alright”. Good quote too!!! “I love the EJ Band! Special for me is Nigel Olsson I had the pleasure of meeting him in person backstage at a concert by Elton in London several years ago. Couldn't forget Guy Babylon, his memory will stay forever in my heart!” oh, Silvia, that’s so nice. Silvia is a kind of friend she’s always there, on your side, a very special person. A true eltonite for sure: “I would like to ask to him how he feels during the concerts and what he thinks, while he sits there to sing in front of us and we cry for him! A curious question isn't it?” oh, Ben could answer that very soon, eh? Good!!!!

Here a very friend of mine, my italian brother, Andrea Sganzerla. He sent me postcards for you, Ben, I’ve got it home, recall me to give them to you, please, Ben.

Dear Ben,

Music let everyone be a better person and it has also changed my own life. However, few artists can change the music and make it great. May you be one of these!

Take care your friend and fan from Venice


Ahhhh Venice, that romantic place!!! Your postcards from Venice are the most wonderful ones I’ve ever seen. Guess what, Bens? We couldn’t stop talking about Elton when we meet, right, Andrea? “The episode that has changed my life was the concert in the arena of Verona in 1989!!!! Was my first big concerts: and after that, I've seen live many time Elton and many many best artist of the world”, yes, and Ben following hehe “My girl Elena is a fan too!! Take care having a great birthday!!!!” Ahhhhh regards to the wonderful Elena, Andrea. Wish you all the best.

Oh, can you hear this music? Listen!!!! That’s “Friends” right? That’s Elton? No, but it sounds maybe better than his version!!!! Ahhhhhh that white piano!!! Such amazing experience. Look, Giorgio Onorato Aquilani and you, Ben, have played with John Mahon!!! Other time, the three together, promise me? Yes, Giorgio,

“Dearest Ben

In this special day you're placing a new important brick on that weird road of yours called life... Use all your talent to become huge star and a better man. We're here to support, waiting to live our emotions through the sound of your music.

Love”

Giorgio, you’re such a talented artist. You and Ben will fight for Number 1 soon. Thanks so much for your song, Giorgio. It’s a pity, but we have to leave Italy!!!

People, we come back again soon!!!! Bye!!!!

Next Stop: Scottish B-Day Party

Yuhuuuu!!!! Who’s there? Ohhhhh, that incredible Wendy Mullen, the scottish eltonite!!! Ahhhhh such nice to see you, Wendy. Do you have place for three huckleberry friends? Hahahahaha, I will present you Ben, Ben Babylon.

Dear Ben,

Have a wonderful birthday, you are such a talented young man and we are all so proud of you. Have a fun day !


Ben Tisik join us in our journey!!! Wendy is a very special friend from facebook. Anywhere to visit? I heard that Edinburgh has everything: high culture and haute couture, stand-up comedy and country walks, and of course Edinburgh Castle, perched on its volcanic crag overlooking the mediaeval buildings of the 'Old Town' and the magnificent Georgian architecture of the 'New Town'. We must go there, boys!!!!

Thanks Wendy, for all, bye!!!!

Next Stop: Spanish B-Day Party

Barcelona!!!!!!! My hometown!!! Bens, I could not wish anything else. You will love that city, for sure!!! And you will meet my family!!! Yep!!! Jack Rabbit running home. Before going there, we have to stop in Mollerussa, a couple of friends are inviting us, let’s go there!!!

Ahhhhhhh

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN! YOU HAVE IMPRESSED US WITH YOUR DEDICATION AND SHEER TALENT - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

What a wonderful surprise, Mariona & Andreas, very special people. I told Ben’s we should stop here before going home. Let’s chat about music, Andreas is a master in music, really.

Well, my home. My family here.

Happy Birthday Ben Babylon!!!! Miquel’s so fan of you, maybe more than Elton”.

Hahahaha, Jack Rabbit’s got so much energy for both Elton and Ben, hahahaha. Ben, I will show you the city, go to launch, some walk to the sea. Ahhhh Nil have something for you: ohhhhh!!!! You’re so kind Nil, “Gràcies”. Nil is an artist too, he made this picture of you, by you. The lovely Nil and beatiful Laura, my favourite nephew and niece, love them so much. Both are drums players, so much noise. Uppps!!! Ok! Ok!!! Hahahahaha

Next Stop: Brazilian B-Day Party

Not tired, boys? We crossed the Atlantic, we are in South America!!!! Brazil, ahhhh those so much passionate eltonites from Brazil. Hi there!!!!!!!!!! Hi girls, miss ya so much!!!

“Happy Birthday Ben.....Hope your day is great and I wish you many blessings in the years ahead!!!!!!!!!!”

Ahhhh that great Ana Sousa. “Living in South America is hard for an Elton fan, not only because he does not perform here regularly, but also because it’s very difficult to find items related to him, except for his albums. I would say to all of the Elton fans around the world to never lose an opportunity of attending one of his concerts. They are the best, you won’t regret. It’s the best experience you can ever live.” Right!!!! That’s true!!!!

Leila Santiago!!!!! So nice to see you too!!! Oh, that’s wonderful!! “It was marvellous when I was in Las Vegas to see "Red Piano" in 2008. I can see Elton. I sat in third row and vision angle was Elton and Guy Babylon. I laugh all the time because I fulfilled my dream”. “Song From America”: I love it, pretty beatiful. I didn't know anything about this song, but it's an incredible song, thanks Leila. Milton Nascimiento is a great artist for sure, I know about him "Nada sera como antes" or "Tudo che voce queria ser", great songs, classics, but not this one. “The translation is the message to Ben: Song of America”. Thanks!!!

Vera Rio!!!!!! “It's a simple message but "... it's the best I can do ...", with love for this wonderful boy!” Ahhhhhh wonderful!!!!!!! You’re so kind too!!! “I love going to the beach, enjoy the sun, walk in the sand. I also like reading (any literary genre) and being with friends to talk, listen to good music and relax from the stressful routine of work. At last but not at least, to contact with other Elton's fans (in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil and around the world via the web). After all we just form a big family!”. Right, you’re a big family!!! Muito Grato, Brazil!!!!!

Next Stop: Argentinian B-day Party

Hola!!!!!!!! Ahhhh Silvines, Soledad, Patricia!!! Community!!! Thanks so much for inviting us.

Oh, that great Silvines, thaks so much for that beatiful present!!!! Love It!!!! Thanks Argentina!!!! The story of Elton’s Argentinian fan’s club is so interesting. They began calling theirselfs “Sacrifice For Elton”, because he couldn’t get so much support from the Elton’s record company to officialize a fanclub; then they became “Captain Fantastic fan’s club”. It’s the story of an internet pre-era when it was so much difficult to share experience with other eltonites.

But you did it so well, Silvines. A website, a facebook group, wow!!! So great!!! Thanks to Adriana, Dario and the rest of the people for being so kind with Elton and with Ben too!!!! Muchas gracias, amigos y amigas!!!!

Last Stop: United States' B-Day Party

Ben, Babylon, do you recognize this? Ahhhhhhh, America. Again, America!!!! We travelled around the world, we went to Asia, Europe and America, finally back home, eh?

This wonderful ladies are inviting you to a party!!! A the US Babylonists community couldn’t forget you!!!! Hi all, girls!!! Thanks so much for the invitation!!!

Ben, wishing you the BEST birthday ever!! May all the musical excitement you've experienced so far, be only "a dip in the waters of the BIG OCEAN" for you!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN!! ♥”

Pam Quier, from Brentwood, CA.

Dear Ben, I hope you have a wonderful birthday. You have amazing talent and I am looking forward to hearing more from you. Keep rocking!'

Karen Rooney, from St. Louis, MO.

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday Ben!!!!

Lucy Frisk, from Bloomfield Hills, MI .

Happy Birthday Ben!!!! I hope its the best one ever!!!!

Pamela Nix McBride

Dear Ben:

Happy Birthday!!!! Wish you a wonderful day with your dear family and friends!

Keep on rockin', you sure do have lots of fans and we want to hear more of your great music!

cheers


Isabel Gonzalez, from Tempe, Arizona.

Dear Ben, Wishing an amazing birthday to an amazing young man! We're so proud of you and we know your dad is, too. Keep on rockin'!

Kimberlee Kemble

You are really incredible dearest ladies. I knew you wouldn’t leave us alone, thanks so much for your party, we won’t forget this in years, right, Ben?

End Of The Party

Back home again. Look, on this room there’s people you sure know well, come on:

Happy Birthday Ben! You are, by far, one of the most authentic people I have ever met and worked with. You give more than most ever do in one life time. Have a fantastic day, superstar.

Love, Kathryn Keats


Ahhhhh my admired Kathryn Keats, great show you did together, thanks so much. And... oh, the fantastic Fred Anderson:

Ben, it is amazing that you were able to write such wonderful songs at the age of 12. I cannot wait to hear what you will accomplish at age 13 and beyond. Happy birthday. I am proud to know you."

Thanks, Fred, you’re always really kind to me.

"Happy birthday, Ben! Your star is on the rise!"

Ahhhhh Michael Manring, one of the musicians who performed with Ben at Yoshi's in Oakland, California. Thanks so much too.

Well, Ben, you had some good friends all over the world, you see. I’ve got teir presents in high resolution, I will send them to you, you must have it. Well, Kathy, Fred, Ben, dear rest of the family, with your permission, let me tell just these:

Music means everything for me. It's nice to see an artist creating, composing music, we're so thankful. Some songs becomes part of our lives, some tunes are unforgettable, some words are emotional. Musicians give us so much, so as Ben, a young talented artist growing more and more every day. Just I thought if we are so thankful with musicians for what they did, why not we make something for them? Jack Rabbit came up with this lyric when he was travelling by train to Madrid, to see Elton in concert. It's so hard to write stories, a natural ability not everybody has (you're not, dear rabbit). But music comes from heart, lyrics from heart too, so, why don't intend to do something for Ben, in this case. So finally I've got a song for him. Oh, yes, not as good as his, but hey, here you have:

Ben Babylon's Hymn
By Jack Rabbit

"Whispering out there, the keyboard kid
Beatifully in creation, a talent never seen
Picking out the right word, to join the key
Creating tender stories, oh some you have been

Superman guides you, with gentle hands
Heaven and earth, don't seems so far away
When heart reminds him, he's missed from the band
Irreplaceable King, eltonites would say

(chorus)

Ben Brown Babylon, reaching high tonight
Stepping the brick road, there's a long way
A number one to stardom, you have the right
Silence up slowly, the wizard will play

Music has no secrets, you will say
Working hard bravely, each night and day
Babylonists up there, strong on your side
Always will love you, get fun tonight
"

If someone is interested in the tune, Jack Rabbit has his own idea, just ask!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEN
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
.

Jack Rabbit would like to thank you everyone's involved for sharing your time and for your collaboration.

Special thanks to Ben Tisik for his collaboration.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rock Nation: Being an EJ Member Experience

"It was the best, most fun show I've ever done. I feel......amazing....and loved.... Loved by all my friends who came......" first Ben's reaction was glory: he succeed. The Rock Nation concert, featuring Elton John band members: Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and John Mahon, paid tribute to Elton himself but also to the late and unforgettable Guy Babylon. For the occasion, Ben joined the band playing keyboards and singin' three of his own songs.

"We played a bunch of Elton John Songs, and Davey played on 4 of them, and John played on two, and Nigel sang on a bunch. In the beginning, I played No Goodbyes on the Road with John. And then I brought out Davey and Jesse for "write your own song", and then I brought out Nigel for "Goodbye Superman". All of it sounded amazing....." explained me an euphoric Ben Babylon, while adding: "I cannot express how amazing I feel!". That will be an unforgettable experience for him, for sure. Two very influential people in Ben Babylon's life, Chasen Hampton, the musical director at Rock Nation School, and Tony Avalon, the owner of the school, were at his side.

Rock Nation is a private rock-music school in Los Angeles owned by Tony Avalon, son of the famed actor/singer Frankie Avalon. The school produces several tribute shows several times a year, focusing on the music of different rock stars. But rarely do actual musicians from bands being honored perform in the shows. “Everybody in the audience was blown away, and the kids were awesome,” Avalon said. “Having them play with rock stars that I looked up to when I was growing up was amazing. It was a night to remember.”

As Ben introduced before, John Mahon joined him on “No Goodbyes on the Road,” a poignant reflection on how people are often too busy to say goodbye to each other. Next up was the happier “Write Your Own Song,”. Then, Davey Johnstone and his electric guitar brought new energy to the superb “Goodbye Superman,” the beautiful song that the young Babylon wrote in the days following his father’s untimely passing, just over one year ago; that brought Nigel Olsson to the stage. “It means a lot to me, to be here for Guy,” Davey Johnstone said, before the show. “He was my closest bud in a musical sense, and in a sports sense. Whenever we were touring, we would discuss basketball and soccer as much as music. I miss him dearly". “Guy was an influence on all of us musically and as a friend,” agreed Mahon. “It is a fitting tribute to him, for us to actually play on stage with his son.” “Ben has come a long way through a tough time,” Olsson added. “It’s very impressive to see him rock out.”

"Ben did a pretty good job with the "Funeral For A Friend" intro" explained Jan Kemp from www.guyfan.net website, who attended the show. "That was the first song once Nigel, John and Davey left the stage. There were six separate bands of kids who then performed, and Ben played keys throughout the night. Ben also did a great job on Philadelphia Freedom and I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" reminded Kemp.

Many of Guy Babylon’s friends and relatives were in the audience, including his widow, songwriter Kathy Babylon, his parents, Graham and Mary, and his sister, author Donna Babylon. Also present were VIP guests from music, film and television: actor/singer Frankie Avalon; keyboardist Lindsay Vannoy, who has worked with Elton John, Ann Wilson, Alice Cooper and others; composer and music producer Max Di Carlo, who has worked with Elton John; television writer/producer Charlie Bowyer; and film producer/director Peter R.J. Deyell. “After watching him (Ben Babylon) perform, it’s clear that he really understands music,” Deyell said. “When he plays keyboards, his whole body is playing. He is very aware of what he is doing at every moment, and what the other musicians on stage are doing. He is really terrific.”



Everybody agreed. The sold-out show brought hundreds of people to the famed Canyon Club near Los Angeles. Young students, in the two hours show, played a selection of Elton's best tunes. The set list is listed as it follows:



No Goodbyes on the Road
(by Ben Babylon; performed by Ben Babylon and John Mahon)
Write Your Own Song
(by Ben Babylon; performed by Ben Babylon, Davey Johnstone and Jesse Johnstone)
Goodbye Superman
(by Ben Babylon; performed by Ben, John, Nigel, Jesse Johnstone and Davey Johnstone)

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Bennie and the Jets
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Bitch is Back
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Crocodile Rock
This Song Has No Title
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
I'm Still Standing
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Philadelphia Freedom
Rocket Man
Take me to the pilot
Saturday Night's All Right

Information about Ben Babylon is available at www.BenBabylonMusic.com and www.BabylonMusic.biz.

Information about Rock Nation is available at www.RockNationSchool.com.


Pictures courtesy of Fred Anderson

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ben Elton Babylon

Hi Babylonists. Next live performance, produced by Rock Nation School, in Agoura Hills will join Ben Babylon with current Elton John band members paying tribute to the late Guy Babylon and the Rock Star Elton John. Both Elton and Guy have influenced Ben is his songwriting and in his music. "Goodbye Superman", as you know, the tribute to his dad, found inspiration on "Funeral for a friend" and "Goodbye yellow brick road". Happily, this song will be played on the event. They both talked about each other; Elton has it clear: "You better watch out for this kid! He can really play!". What Ben feels for Elton is devotion: "He is one of the most talented people I have ever met. He is also so kind. It is amazing how nice he is. Everytime I see him, he brings me joy". Two great musicians. Ben's starting his career, Elton is on the top. Is there a parallelism between the two singers?

Shy
"I've been a shy since I was a kid" Elton declared. Rufus Wainwright explained once how surprised he was about Elton being shy: "(he) is very quiet away from his public persona and has little belief in his own abilities (...) this very sweet little guy who's constantly feeling very insignificant, which is ironic of course". Ben is also shy, well educated, at his younger age he knows perfectly what he have to do or not to do.

Talent
"I didn't have my formal training (at the piano) at first. I just sat down at the piano and I could play" remember Elton. His music instructor, Helen Piena, recognized that his natural ear amazed her and explained how Reg could play a musical piece after hearing it only once. "I've been raised around music my whole life, so it just seemed natural" agrees Ben Babylon. Electra Barakos, singer, recognized that "he is one of the most talented children I know and his maturity and talent overweighs his years of life".

Fathers
Ben has music in his genes. Guy Babylon was always so supportive and guided Ben's first steps into music: "My dad worked with me a lot to become a good keyboardist". For Elton, is was not that easy: "My father didn't want me to get into music" explained a bit disappointed, "I could never understand that because he'd been a trumpeter in a band".

Starting into music
As we said, Elton started picking out tunes and it was about three years when his parents suggested to take lessons "until I won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Of Music" he said. Ben is making his first steps into music, with desition: "I have to put in a lot of time to practice music, along with trying to do well in school. At school I play with the Jazz "A" Band there, so I do get practice at school". Well done, boy. Also, he is in the music program at Rock Nation.

Writing process
It's well known Bernie & Elton process, beginning with Bernie's lyrics and getting a song when Elton sits down and put them to music: "I'm good at writing melodies and Bernie is great at writing lyrics" Elton defends while adding "We have never been in the same room ever writing a song. He would probably kill me and I would probably kill him". One reason, yes. Ben, for his part, is songwriter and lyricist, but the way is so so different: "Usually I start with the music first and then come up with lyrics (...) sometimes I overhear somebody talking, and I line will stick out, and I will write it down to remember later".

Greg Penny
Penny, as a teenager, met Elton in the early 70s and even visited him at the studio as he recorded "Goodbye Yellow Brcik Road album". On the 90s, he produced "Made In England", after winning a Grammy for his work on KD Lang's album. Greg Penny also helped Ben producing his first ever single,"Goodbye Superman", a loving song in tribute to Guy Babylon, Ben's father. Two versions of this song, an orchestrated version and a piano version, were recorded. "The piano version expresses that I am sad my dad is gone, and the orchestrated version expresses that I am mad he is not here" wrote Ben about that. For Ben, it was the first experience on working with a producer: "He made it so easy and comfortable to be creative. It was fun for me because I got to watch the process of mixing a song by a great producer".

Guitar
Only one time could Elton had been seen with a guitar on his hands, when he performed "Love Song" in 1986, playing the guitar, with other guitarrists backing him. Ben for his part, could play piano, guitar and drums: "I also play lots of other instruments like the ukelele, and other foreign instruments" he added.

BABYLON MUSIC versus ROCKET RECORDS
The Rocket Record Company was a record label founded by Elton John, with Bernie Taupin, Gus Dudgeon and Steve Brown among others, in 1972. The label was originally distributed in the UK by Island and in the US by MCA Records, both of to which Elton John was also signed. On the other side, Guy Babylon, Kathy Babylon, and Ben Babylon are part of Babylon Music. Guy Babylon, the keyboardist, programmer, and orchestrator who played for The Elton John Band for over 21 years. He wrote many songs including "Babylon Bleu" and "Las Vegas Twister" that are on his inspired album Best Of Guy Babylon. Kathy Babylon is a singer/songwriter who has written and recorded many songs including "Take A Chance" and "Wait on The Rain" written with her husband Guy and Reggie Burrell, all part of the Singles Collection that is now available, with many more songs, even the succesful "Warpipes" band, on itunes.

Dogs
Elton is the proud owner of no less than 21 pets. He has a favorite out of all the pack: a black and white cocker spaniel named Arthur, a gift from the man that became his husband in 2005, David Furnish. Arthur became part of the family and was treated as a witness at the marriage between the two men. Ben loves so much his dog too.

Soccer
"I can't really play football" recognized Elton once, "The only time I played a whole game I broke my glasses in the second minute" he joked. "Football taught me how to accept defeat with dignity" and to listen others point of views, could be added. Ben is the opposite, he loves soccer and he plays on a team with good results.



But eltonites and babylonists are agree, we love them all and couldn't wait to listen their new material. So, Rock on, boys!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

It is now official... Elton John Band to Honor Late Colleague Guy Babylon

An upcoming Elton John tribute show produced by Rock Nation School in Los Angeles will be as much a tribute to late band member Guy Babylon as to the Rocket Man, himself. Three members of John’s band—lead guitarist and music director Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and percussionist John Mahon—will perform “Goodbye Superman,” a song written in Babylon’s memory by his 12-year-old son, Ben Babylon. Johnstone and Mahon will also play Elton John songs with Ben and other student musicians. The concert will take place September 26 at the famed Canyon Club near Los Angeles.

Ben Babylon will play keyboard and sing lead vocals on “Goodbye Superman,” which he composed after his father passed away suddenly on September 2, 2009. Ben, who plays keyboards, piano, guitar, ukulele and drums, has taken private lessons at Rock Nation since 2008, and has written several original songs. Elton John and his musicians have remained close friends of the Babylon family, so when Ben’s mother, Kathy Babylon, learned that Rock Nation was planning an Elton John tribute show, she came up with the idea to invite members of his band to appear. "It's been a year now and it just seemed to be perfect timing to bring everyone together in honor of Guy's memory, through Ben's song," she said. "My husband was a big supporter of Rock Nation. All the guys in the band have helped with fundraisers over the years, and the last one was actually at The Canyon Club. So this is truly a full-circle moment for me."

“I’m really excited that Davey, Nigel and John will be playing my song,” Ben said. “I wrote it as a tribute to my dad. They were his friends and fellow band members, so for me to get to play it with them on stage means a lot.” That sentiment is shared by John Mahon, who has been a member of the Elton John Band since 1997. "I'm looking forward to playing some music with Ben Babylon again, and performing something by Elton John will be right up his alley,” Mahon said. “He is an amazing young talent with many exciting musical endeavors in his future. I better start practicing!"

Ben Babylon isn't the only child of an Elton John associate who will appear in the upcoming show. Fifteen-year-old drummer Juliet Johnstone, a student at Rock Nation, will perform, as will her older brother, Jesse, a professional recording engineer, who will lend his talents on bass. Their father, Davey Johnstone said: "I met Guy at a recording session in 1987 and immediately knew I was in the presence of someone really special. We had an almost psychic connection and we loved stretching our talent to create music that was always challenging and refreshing." In 1990, Johnstone and Babylon formed their own musical group, Warpipes, with Nigel Olsson, Bob Birch,and Billy Trudell, and released one album, “Holes in the Heavens.” Singles off the album are now being released on iTunes, in association with Babylon Music.

Unfortunately, Elton John will not participate in the upcoming Rock Nation concert, because he will be on tour in Europe with drummer Ray Cooper. However, he remains close to the Babylons, and has shown support for Ben's music in other ways. Recently, he invited Ben to hang out in the recording studio, while he worked on his forthcoming album "The Union" with rock legend Leon Russell. That album is scheduled to be released in October.

Rock Nation, a private rock-music school with four locations in the Los Angeles area, is owned by Tony Avalon, son of singer and actor Frankie Avalon. The school produces several tribute shows annually, each highlighting the music of a different rock star. "Rock Nation and the Rock Nation community are very excited and honored to have the members of the Elton John band performing at a Rock Nation show,” Avalon said. “What this means to me is that Rock Nation’s status has earned the respect from professional world-class musicians who embrace the quality of a real music education to all ages. The musicianship level of this show will be outstanding. These students will sound unbelievable and true to the songs of Elton John.”

The Rock Nation Tribute to Elton John will take place on Sunday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, California 91301. Tickets are $12 at Rock Nation or $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling Rock Nation at 818-706-2326, The Canyon Club at 818-879-5016 or by visiting www.RockNationSchool.com.

Information about the music of Guy Babylon is available at www.BabylonMusic.biz.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Podcast #044 Freeman Michaels Interviews Ben Babylon

Podcast #044 Freeman Michaels Interviews Ben Babylon

Freeman Michaels interviewed Ben Babylon

So emotional! Freeman Michaels interviewed today Ben and Kathy Babylon on his show at 1400 KKZZ AM radio. Also it was Chasen, his music teacher. "Amazing young man" told Freeman when he was requested about how the interview went. "A lot of people are talented, but not everyone has permission to be extraordinary, like this young man" continued. And he has reason. Ben's an extraordinary guy. We could felt that when the first open chords of "Goodbye Superman" were on the airplay. "That's your song?" requested Freeman when Ben laughed "Yeah!". "When my dad passed away I've got so much things to say, and I thought that music could help me in that through" argumented Ben. The tribute to the late Guy Babylon, was described by Freeman like a "very touching song, a beatiful song in his own right".

The interview developed since Ben was very interested in music as an early age: "at 6 years old" what caused surprise to Freeman: "(It's) remarkable being able to write songs, lyrics, find the way to express your feelings to your dad in a language that you’re comfortable with. (To) write that song at 12 that’s impresive!" Ben talked about playing live with Kathryn Keats and being at school, in a rock school indeed: "(the school) help me so much with learning new things, and helping me writing my songs, it’s really great" he said.

Kathy Babylon jumped on the micro to remind the single produced by Guy Babylon for Nigel Olsson, explaining how Ben "always writes stories" and how he started playing piano at Elementary School. With emotion, she explained how she met Guy "when he played his keyboard, it was amazing". "You're an extension of your dad" asked Freeman to Ben: "yeah, he inspired me so much, seeing him on stage, on the studio, writing his songs, somehow (I've) got his gift. "He spent so many hours teaching, this is the way to play, and he teaches (Ben) exactly" continued Kathy.

"Ben is a gifted singer" added Chasen, his school teacher. Ben said that it was "pretty cool" to work with producer Greg Penny, that he is penning a new album, he has new songs created, specially he remarked "World Away", a song that "speaks about when a son loses his dad", a song which Kathy collaborates. Finally, Guy Babylon was honoured for Kathy as "such a fantastic man, he left so much love".

Freeman Michaels is the founder of the Service to Self™ Process, a life coaching program he designed and developed. Besides being a radio talk show host, he is a speaker, workshop trainer and author. He holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica. Most importantly, Freeman holds a degree in life. His life degree has been earned by great success and fantastic failure. Everything, according to Freeman, has been a learning opportunity.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Premiere Of New Songs at Ventura County Fair in California

Ben will introduce several new songs when he performs at the Ventura County Fair near Los Angeles, California, on August 6.

Ben composed his first song, Goodbye Superman, as a tribute to his father, who died unexpectedly last September. The song has received much attention on the Internet, including on Elton John fan sites. Ben has performed Goodbye Superman at several clubs in the Los Angeles area. Last month, he received a standing ovation in Oakland, California, where he appeared as a special guest of The Kathryn Keats Show at the famed Yoshi's jazz club.

“I am looking forward to playing at the fair, because I think a lot of my friends will be there,” Ben said. “I like getting feedback from them, especially the musicians.”

At the Ventura County Fair, Ben plans to perform Goodbye Superman and three new songs, two of which were inspired by memories of his father. Goodbyes on the Road was taken from something Guy used to tell Ben about how when bands are touring, there never seems to be enough time for everyone to say goodbye, before they go their separate ways. World Away is a song that Ben co-wrote with his mother, Kathy Babylon, imagining how Guy may be another world away, but love goes on. The third new song, Write Your Own Song, is more upbeat.

“It’s about how everybody has their own life story, and they can write it however they want,” Ben said. “It is more of a honky-tonk, pop song. It has a happy feel to it.”

Ben will perform at the Ventura County Fair as part of a concert by Rock Nation School, where he studies music. Also appearing in the Rock Nation show will be student Aubrey Linder, the musical group Shadows of Aries, and Chasen Hampton, music director at Rock Nation. Ben will perform one song with Chasen, who has recorded five CDs and appeared with such stars as Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and Britney Spears, when she was on the Mickey Mouse Club.

For Kathy Babylon, Ben’s performance at the Ventura County Fair will be especially meaningful, and is already bringing back memories.

“The last time I was at the fair was when Guy played there with a local band, before he started working with Elton,” she said. “For Ben to perform there, it’s like he is stepping into his dad’s shoes. I see Guy’s and Elton’s influence on Ben, with every song he writes and the way he plays keyboards. He amazes me all the time.”

Kathy and Ben will be interviewed on The Freeman Michaels Show on radio station 1400 KKZZ in Ventura, California on August 5 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. You can listen online at www.1400kkzz.com by clicking "Listen Live."

The Ventura County Fair will take place August 4-15 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, California 93001. “Rock Nation School Presents All Original Artists” is scheduled for August 6 at 4:30 p.m. For information about the fair, visit www.VenturaCountyFair.org or call 805-648-3376.

Thank you Fred Anderson
Photo by J.E. Smith/Lost Road Entertainment

Ben At The Yoshi's: The Kathryn Keats Show

Ben Babylon performed, credited as a special guest star, as part of The Kathryn Keats Show at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, California on July 8. The show included some of the Bay Area’s most renowned musicians: master percussionist Joe Venegoni, Grammy-nominated bassist Michael Manring, guitar virtuoso Tom Lattanand, pianist Kelly Park, award-winning trumpeter Jeff Oster, and Brazilian-born drummer Celso Alberti.

Kathryn Keats was so pleased to introduce keyboardist, songwriter and singer Ben Babylon to her fans in the Bay Area. The young musician has been working under the tutelage of Elton John, who remains a close family friend.

During the show, Ben performed "Goodbye Superman," the stirring tribute to his late father, the legendary Guy Babylon, along with some of Kathryn's musicians. He did also play keyboards during at least one of Kathryn's songs in the show: “Ben Babylon is an amazing talent and we are thrilled that he will be performing with The Kathryn Keats Show” she says with satisfaction. “Ben is multi-talented. He is a fantastic songwriter and musician. Elton John's influence on him is clear."

She learned about Ben Babylon after seeing his song "Goodbye Superman" on the Internet, and decided to invite him: "My sons and I were watching Ben Babylon's video of 'Goodbye Superman' and it directly affected me. I lost my father, so I understood the power and the meaning of the song. It blew me away, to see how a 12-year-old could write such a song to honor his father in that way. It was impressive” she added.

Kathryn Keats is a soulful singer and prolific songwriter who specializes in pop, jazz and blues. She began working behind the scenes, packaging feature films, creating and producing shows for television and film and directing several bands and artists. Her work included projects for Herb Ritts, Wayne Masur, and Mary Ellen Mark. She quit singing in the early 1980's, and went into hiding, after her partner held her captive and tortured her for 54 days. She began performing again in 2005, after learning that her former abuser had died, and could no longer harm her. In addition to singing, she also speaks to nonprofit organizations and audiences about domestic violence.

Yoshi's is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the United States where many famous artists have performed including Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson. There are two locations: one in San Francisco, California, and one in Oakland, California. Ben will perform at Yoshi's Oakland.

Here is more information about the history of Yoshi's: http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/about

Sources from:
maine.broadwayworld.com

Babylonists... Please get up, stand up and welcome the greatest: Ben Brown-Babylon!!!!!!!!!

Hello Babylonists: Today is a very special date for me. He's a fantastic person, an incredible guy. I realized how much eltonites we love him. I am sure he has a brilliant future in front of him, because he's so talented. I remember first time I asked him for this interview. He kindly agree and soon he began to send me info about him, pictures. I was (still I am) absolutely impressed about his skills on music. I know I said that, he is the new keyboard wizard. I would like to thank you, sincerely, Kathy Babylon, for giving me the opportunity to be in contact with them. She's a fantastic singer, and she deserves a Week Of... for sure. I will ask her, if she permits me. Kathy, I guess you know, but you have an incredible child, you have been so kind with me, and I only have words of gratitude to you. I would love everybody knew that.

Well, Ladies & Gentlemen, the doors of AllSongsList are all wide-open to receive the one and only, the magical, the inspirational, the keyboard of the century... Mr. Ben Brown-Babylon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Ben, thanks for your acceptation, I am so pleased to have you here and I am plenty happy. Hope you like like the week is going, don't forget that Saturday and Sunday will be more surprises for you. Let's start, now.


When and why you first start playing music? And what made you fall into music?

I started about five years ago when I was seven years old. I've been raised around music my whole life, so it just seemed natural.

Sure! What about your school and it's classes? What’s the main sacrifice you have to make just to grow as a singer?

I have to put in a lot of time to practice music, along with trying to do well in school. At school I play with the Jazz "A" Band there, so I do get practice at school.

And which are your musical influences? Is there any musician in particular that you’d like to collaborate with?

Well, I have many musical influences. One musician that has influenced me a lot is Sir Elton John, of course. My dad worked with me a lot to become a good keyboardist. I also have many musician friends that have influenced me a lot. Some musicians I would like to collaborate with would probably be Sir Elton John, The Who, and Porcupine Tree.

Which keyboard do you most enjoy playing? What drew you to the synth, as opposed to the guitar or drums?

I love playing Yamaha Motifs a lot. I have many at home that I love to play with. Once I saw my dad playing the synth, I thought it was awesome. So many sounds in that one keyboard. The keyboard is different from the piano because there are many sounds that you have to know how to use. You can't just use it like a piano. However, when I play a song with piano in it, I like playing the piano instead of the keyboard because it sounds more natural. I just love learning new instruments. I know how to play the guitar and drums, although piano is my main instrument, and they all give me more ways to get inspiration, and ideas.

Also, as a songwriter, how do you go about writing your songs?

Well, I try to get a lot of inspiration. Usually I start with the music first and then come up with lyrics. However, sometimes I overhear somebody talking, and I line will stick out, and I will write it down to remember later. Also, I get my song titles from other song titles and making it my own. Such as "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" gave me the idea of "Goodbye Superman".

Ben, I was deeply surprised with your heartfelt song “Goodbye Superman”, an emotional tribute to your dad. It touches me profoundly when you begin to sing, with all the harmonies, the orchestral version, everything. How did that session come about?

I was inspired from "Funeral For A Friend" that my dad used to play the introduction to, and I wanted this song to be as powerful as that moment in the song.

It was wonderfully mixed by Greg Penny. How was the experience to work with one of the best producers of the world? And are you planning to have an album created?

It was awesome. Greg is such a nice and kind person who supported me while in the process of the making of this song. He made it so easy and comfortable to be creative. It was fun for me because I got to watch the process of mixing a song by a great producer. On the orchestrated version of my song, Jesse Johnstone (Davey Johnstones son) recorded most of the instruments on there that I played. I took the recording to Greg Penny to mix and record the vocals. Yes I am planning to have an album created. I have lots of music that I am working on. Hopefully my listeners will be happy with the outcome!

You performed at the ShredFest at the House of Blues, a benefit for the cure of kids cancer. How was that experience?

First of all, it was such a fantastic experience to play at the House of Blues. There were many celebrity judges there such as Steven Adler (Guns 'N Roses), Dhani Harrison (George Harrison's son/thenewno2) and Shavo (System of a Down), and many more. It was so exciting to go up on that huge stage and play for these musicians. And these are some of my idols too. One part especially that really made me happy was when Dhani Harrison said, "Ben Babylon, my father also passed away, and that song you played was amazing and so inspiring. Thank you." One of my idols told me that. It inspired me to write more songs. It was just a great experience overall.

When did you become an Eltonite? Remember the first time you heard Elton's music and what moves you to buy his music?

My mom took me to concerts when I was little baby, so I have been an Eltonite since I was a young. The first time I heard his music was when I was small, and since I wasn't old enough to understand, the music never stuck out to me. But when I turned about three years old, the music stuck out to me, and some of the songs that stuck out the most were Bennie and the Jets, I'm Still Standing, and Saturday Night (Alright for Fighting). It is an amazing experience to watch Elton, my dad, and the band play from the side of the stage. My mom and I would always dance to I'm Still Standing and Saturday Night.

What is Elton like on a personal level?

He is extremely supportive, and has been very loyal to my dad and my family. He is one of the most talented people I have ever met. He is also so kind. It is amazing how nice he is. Everytime I see him, he brings me joy.

Precisely, could you tell me your ten favourite Elton songs in running order, for my AllSongsList, where I try to find the best of his songs?

Tiny Dancer, Border Song, Bitch is Back, Yellow Brick Road, Song for Guy, Take Me To The Pilot, Blue Avenue, Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, All The Young Girls Love Alice, I'm Still Standing

Hahahaha. Apart from music, which are your interests? What do you like to do with your off time?

I love sports (basketball and soccer), bicycle riding in the mountains (which gives me inspiration for songs), writing (like stories), and reading books. I play with my friends in my off time, or just play sports). I like being outside.

Also, could you tell us what we could find on your new web page, www.babylonmusic.biz.?

At our website www.babylonmusic.biz, you will find all the latest music realeases, events, photos, and live video performances.

What's your dream for the future? What would you like the future to have in store for you?

Right now I am just living in the moment. I don't think much of my future, I just hope it will be good.

Would you want to add some observation or suggestion, or something you want to say to the Eltonites?

I think you will hear the influence from my dad and Elton John in my song, "Goodbye Superman". I hope you all will support me in my music career by going to iTunes to buy my song. Also I hope you all will give me feedback, and contact me at benbabylonmusic@rocketmail.com. Also check out my facebook page, "Ben Babylon Music" for all the new updates.

Thank you very much, Ben. It was amazing doing the interview with you and I had a fantastic time. I am so thankful, and very happy to known you. Be sure, I will follow you in the future and I will be as loyalty to you as I am to Elton. But, please, before you go, I would love to announce you I have some people here that will love to tell you something:

Jesse Johnstone, musician: "Ben is a special kind of musician. He doesn't just look at a piece of sheet music and play the correct notes... he takes the correct notes into consideration, and then he goes a step further and makes it his own. He's very much a 'feel' player, which is pretty remarkable at his age. He's a quick learner, and is always looking to learn new things.

In addition to his many great musical talents, Ben is a wonderful guy. He has a great smile and good sense of humor. His ambition and talent will take him very far in life. His father would be very proud of him, no question. :)"

Electra Barakos, singer/musician: "Ben is a true inspiration to many musicians. He is one of the most talented children I know and his maturity and talent overweighs his years of life. At such a young age, Ben has written music that has touched so many people and his musicianship impresses the greatest musicians around. He is a mirror of course of his loving father Guy, and am sure his career will reach the steps that Guy did, if not higher. He is dedicated, and focused and his passion for music is so evident that the thought of how amazing he will become in the future is scary! Music is his life, and his father Guy was his idol, and Ben's purpose in life is to keep his father's legacy forever alive. I know that Ben will take his music and talent to a level that will make his name remain in history!"

Jonathan Birch, friend: "I am so proud of Ben and his accomplishments so far. The dedication and passion he has at his age is so impressive, and I know he will be ultra successful in whatever he does throughout life. We all love Ben's music very much and look forward to his future projects. You kick butt brother!!!"

Thank you Jesse, Thank you Electra, thank you Jonathan. You have been so kind with me, and I am sure Ben loved it so much, because he adores you all. Thanks.

Ben: Guy Babylon Is So Proud Of You

Dear Ben: On the week, we had an article every day. With "Unforgettable People", I tried to pay my particular homage to Guy Babylon, someone very important in Elton's career, who played everything on the keyboards, a symphony man as I said. With Ben's article, "The New Keyboard Wizard", I tried to learn more from you. The Story Behind "Goodbye Superman" is just a rendition of one of the most touching renditions I've ever heard, well arranged and it's really a masterpiece. The poll about you, where people could vote, is clear that we are all sure Guy Babylon's is so proud of you. Most of the people think that you've got "a brilliant future" in front of you, that you should "collaborate with Elton" (wow!!!) and encourage you "to go ahead with your music career". Almost most of the people who voted, are agreed that they love your "Goodbye Superman" track, that they want "an album by you", that you're "the most talented kid (they've) ever seen", they want to "see you playing live" and they "check out your (fantastic) website". Also, they wish you all the best, think that you're "a fantastic guy" and without question, "love you so much".

On the week, you kindly accepted to make an interview with Jack Rabbit, and he was so proud to see that fantastic people like Jesse Johnstone (who recorded every instrument on your single), Electra Barakos (a great and powerful musician, and teacher) and Jonathan Birch (friend, son of Bob Birch) wanted to be with him, sending his words for you. That's a great honour for Jack Rabbit. And the comittee of experts of the website, from 12 countries of the world, "reunited" for, this time, speaking about you and your music. Ben Tisik, a great friend of both, was the guest on "The Eltonite's Day", with a question related to you.

Just one thing remains to close the week, wishing you had a great time, you enjoyed and found amazing the whole thing. Obviously I knew you didn't need any promo from me, because everybody knows how great musician you are, but I did it with the only pretention to make you smile. Before closing, then, just I invited some people, related to Elton, to encourage you in your brilliant future. They are a fantastic people, great and succesful musicians, and wanted to be here just for you. So, the surprise of the surprises is send it to you by heart:

Paul Buckmaster, Elton's arranger:



"I first met and got to work with Guy on Elton’s Made in England album, for a period of about two-three months, February-April 1994. Although it was a brief association, and being in intense work-mode (which did not allow for much hangin’ out), nevertheless it was a pleasure and fun to work with him, and get to know him a little.

It is a great pleasure to see his young son Ben already displaying such talent and creativity; I wish him well and hope he will continue to develop himself as a musician and song-writer".

Pb

Marlena Jeter, former background vocalist:



"Ben performed "Goodbye Superman" at Guy's memorial service and I remember thinking what an incredible song it was. I also had thoughts of contacting Davey Johnstone to inquire as to whether or not Elton had any plans to record it and perhaps do it as a tribute to Guy in his show. However, it looks as though it's all happening just as it should!

It makes me feel good to know that others will have the pleasure of hearing the song. I also hope that it ends up on the airways so that many, many more ears can hear and get a taste of the magic created by Ben Babylon.

He certainly seems to be his Father's son... musically speaking, that is.

Marlena"

Tam Johnstone, former studio session vocalist:



"The first time I heard Ben play keyboards was at rehearsals for the Canyon Club gig last year. He was playing The Who's "Baba O' Reily", a song famous for having - possibly - one of the first sequencer parts...except Ben played it without using a sequencer! Cue Tam's mind being blown. Ben, you are an amazing talent. Keep up the great work!

Tam"

John Jorgenson, former guitar, sax and vocals:



"I know that your father is so proud of you, and you honor his legacy with your talent. He was as kind as he was gifted, and I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with him. I'm sure you miss him terribly, and obviously his spirit lives on within you. I can't wait to see how your music and artistry develops over the next few years.

With love and empathy,

John Jorgenson"

John Mahon, current band's percussionist and vocals:



"Ben,

Good luck with your music. I think you might have a promising music career someday - or maybe even decide to become a marine biologist - which you would be great at too! Whatever you do - have fun!

John Mahon
Health & Happiness to you..."

Ken Stacey, former background vocals and guitar:



"Ben, your father is so proud of you! Keep following your dreams...that is what a truly fulfilling life comes from. I look forward to seeing where it all takes you...much love...

Ken"