Here at Idolator, we love us some old school Elton John. And so we raised a collective eyebrow upon finding out that Glee‘s resident show choir teach Matthew Morrison would not only be covering the knighted legend on his upcoming debut solo album, he’d also performing a duet with Sir Elt, to boot. Ryan Seacrest premiered the pair’s offering today—a mash-up of John’s 1972 Honky Chateau classics “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” and “Rocket Man.” Listen below.
Seacrest only teased two minutes of Matt and Elt’s vocal pairing today, but you pretty much get the idea: Morrison hits all the high notes with Elton’s warm, familiar voice accompanying him here and there, and this rendition of these two tunes—particularly “Rocket Man”—sort of just leaves you wanting to hear the originals.
We’ll at least give Matthew a gold star for going with “Mona Lisas” (even though you barely get to hear it in this clip), simply because it’s one of Elton’s lesser-known album tracks among the general public. (Though, “Harmony” off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road might have made for a more fun option?)
Should Matthew and Elton have crafted an original song and left the classics alone? Let us know what you think.