“A classic album. Elton John’s style was so important to me, being that I’ve always liked melodic music, and of course, I just love his piano playing. Your Song might be one of the most-played piano songs ever. I know when I sit down at a piano, people will say, ‘Hey, can you play Your Song?’
“I probably don’t talk about Elton John a lot, but he’s always been a huge influence on me. His sound, his phrasing, his incredible melodic sense, his personality – he has his own sound and style. That can be a very tricky thing for a keyboard player as opposed to, say, guitar players.
“The debut album is full of great pop songs – no surprise there – but they’re much more intimate than some of the material that came later. Border Song is fantastic. I used to play that one, and I even sang it, too, although I would do it in a lower register than Elton.”