The awfulness of Billy Joel, explained.
Billy Joel is an American singer and songwriter. It may seem strange to bring up the issue of Billy Joel at this particular time. The artist Andrew Wyeth passed away recently, reigniting a long-running argument about whether his work is legitimate or simply emotional schlock. (Say it: is it a good or terrible thing?) The incident prompted me to consider the subject of the worth of art and whether or not there are any objective criteria for appraising it. In other words, it suggests that the question is still alive and has not been rendered irrelevant by relativism.
Using evolutionary psychology as a lens, the book makes a valiant effort to provide a foundation for evaluating the worth of art; in it, Dutton asserts that a certain form of creative aptitude provided a competitive edge in the Darwinian battle for existence.
The reason why his music makes my skin crawl in a manner that other poor music does not is a bit of a mystery to me.
I’m hesitant to take a shot at Billy Joel.
- Despite this, the enigma continues: How can somebody be so awful while remaining so famous over such a long period of time?
- Your brain cannot protect itself if you have anti-B.J.
- The loathsomely vapid imitation of rock he does nonetheless takes up space and absorbs A R advances that might otherwise be used to assist scores of unknown but true talent artists, singers, and authors.
- My old friendJeff Jarvis’BuzzMachineblog was being attacked by Jarvis (the Billy Joel of blog theorists) the other day, and I happened to read it while reading the Times’ David Carr.
- Carr was guessing about whether newspapers would be able to survive if they embraced the economic model used by iTunes, and he was right.
- Jeff is only interested in the most dedicated B.J.
- Aside from that, there’s always the possibility that we’ll see another one of those “career re-evaluation” pieces that publications like the New York TimesSunday “ArtsLeisure” section are fond of publishing about the Barry Manilows and other celebrities.
Please, no more career re-evaluations!
He was horrible, he is terrible, and he will continue to be terrible.
What about Billy Joel’s well-known song “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”?
It was never really rock ‘n’ roll.
Moreover, I believe that the badness of truly terrible art is always worth affirming, since it allows us to praise—and to investigate why we praise— “excellent” or “great” art in the first place.
To avoid more shame and embarrassment, I went to Barnes & Noble’s music section and purchased a four-disc collection of B.J.’s “Greatest Hits,” one of which was a whole CD of his views on art and music, as well as a book on the subject.
box was a gift for someone who had no musical taste in general.
Even if it was for your benefit, I couldn’t stand the sneer.
I believe I’ve found the characteristics of B.J.’s work that identify his badness from other types of badness.
As well as an arrogant and self-righteous disdain for others, there is also an arrogant and self-congratulatory attitude that is contempt’s backside, to put it another way.
has a lot of scorn for their apparent phoniness or inauthenticity, as contrast to the rock-solid authenticity of our own.
While Bob Dylan’s “Positively Fourth Street,” for example, is one of the most disdainful songs ever recorded, it redeems itself by the joyousness of its black-humored eloquence and wit (see “Positively Fourth Street”).
But, let’s take a look at the “best hits” in chronological order and see how this “contempt thesis” turns out.
Even the self-loathing he ascribes to the “piano man” appears to be unfounded.
In the words of “The Entertainer,” entertainers are liars!
“Stage Fright” is a wonderful, understated ode to Dylan’s fears as an artist, and it’s worth listening to.
Who would have thought it?
ever gets tired of exposing us how how fake the phonies of this world are.
that he is, in fact, phoning it in with all of this nonsense at this point?
He can’t even celebrate his “New York State of Mind” without exhibiting his oh-so-rebellious disdain for “the movie stars in their beautiful vehicles and their limos,” which he describes as “the movie stars in their fancy cars and their limousines.” Do you believe Billy Joel has never rode in a limo in his life?
- This is B.J.
- *You should see the obnoxious mask that appears on the pricey two-disc “legacy” version of “The Stranger” LP, which was released in 2007.
- Yes, B.J., you’ve hit the nail on the head: we’re all phonies who are masking our genuine selves!
- Who would have known if it hadn’t been for B.J.
- “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” is a collection of images from an Italian restaurant.
- “Anthony’s Song” is a scathing indictment of the aspirations of the lower middle class.
- is a firm believer in the need of authenticity in life.
would never do if he had the opportunity.
“Only the good die young,” as the saying goes.
I understand that it is spirited, if not anti-spiritual, yet, nevertheless…
“She’s always going to be a woman”: “She’s Always a Woman” is, first and foremost, an instance of attempted artistic theft unlike any other in history, whether it more brazen or more plainly stupid.
(B.J.’s wife “hides like a kid,” but Dylan’s woman “breaks like a small girl.”) B.J.’s wife is also prone to “casual falsehoods,” “steals like a thief,” “takes care of herself,” and “carelessly slashes you and laughs…”, among other things.
Perhaps you have some questions for me about my rant at this point, reader, and I’ll answer them.
What gives you the authority to critique such a well-known artist?
No, you don’t comprehend what I’m saying: Billy’s from my hometown, which is in the middle of Long Island—Hicksville, to be specific (I’m from Bay Shore)—so I’m sensitive to his misappropriation of our shared history.
Among other things, I expressed my passionate sentiments about New Jersey, saying that it may have a reputation as a poisonous dump for mafia victims to fester in, but at the very least it produced Bruce Springsteen.
As a result, I believe I have the right to be cruel—may I proceed?
But isn’t there anything you’re interested in?
“The Longest Time” and “An Innocent Man” have long been favorites of mine.
Okay, but keep your attention on the task at hand.
It’s true that other artists have struck similar position, but for some reason, the pressure of his conceit becomes too much to take with BJ.
What if you had to pick only one song to represent the pinnacle of B.J.’s heinousness?
It seems that he composed it because he believed he was being seen as an antiquated relic since he did not dress in the appropriate hip-signifier clothing for the time.
He believes that others dislike him because he clothes inappropriately or doesn’t appear to be himself.
Even if you were dressed in the most up-to-date fashion, people would still despise your cheesy lyrics.
The reason why they don’t like you is because of who you truly are on the inside.
Consistent and aggressive badness warrants extreme animosity to a certain extent.
They despise you for who you are as a person. Correction received on January 26, 2009: Due to an editing error, the first version of this post misquoted a sentence from Eleanor Rigby’s novel. (Return to the sentence that has been fixed.)
18 Glasgow Quirks That Confuse The Fuck Out Of The Rest Of The UK
Putting political statements on every wall is a little strange; other cities simply use Twitter instead.
1.Chanting “here, here, here we fucking go” at gigs.
Follow Milphitchell on Twitter: @milphitchell In Glasgow, it’s just not as obnoxious as it could be. It turns out that if you use a term enough times, it loses almost all of its meaning, which is exactly what has occurred here. You cretins.
4.Ice cream vans that sell random household things.
@milphitchell on Twitter That being said, Glasgow isn’t very obnoxious. After all, it turns out that if you overuse a term, it loses almost all of its meaning, which is exactly what has occurred here. You cunts, what are you doing here?
5.Saying “how” instead of “why”.
Off The Kerb Productions is a production company based in Los Angeles. Once again, we do this primarily to confound non-Glaswegians. How? Because we have the ability to do so.
6.Drinking things that would kill most people.
The production company Off The Kerb Productions is based in the United Kingdom. It is primarily for the purpose of causing confusion among non-Glaswegians that we engage in this practice. Because we have the ability to do so.
Follow me on Twitter: @Katemlf We have so many chip alternatives that it is reasonable to create menus that are totally based on chip selections. It doesn’t get any better than that when it comes to being proud of oneself.
8.Eating dinners that look like this.
Follow Bobby Peru on Twitter: @bobby peru We consume food as if we had a dying desire. Can you picture how this would be served in the United Kingdom? “Can you tell me what I can buy you, prithee?” ‘Put every piece of fatty food you can find into a pizza box, Jeeves, because I’m going to eat that for dinner this evening.’ “You’ve made an excellent choice, sir.”
9.Fucking about with statues.
bobby peru may be found on Twitter. The food we consume makes us feel like we are on the verge of dying. Imagine this being served at a pub somewhere in England. “Can you tell me what I can buy you, prithee?” says the narrator. “Put every fatty piece of food you can find into a pizza box, Jeeves; I’m going to eat it for dinner this evening.” “Sir, you’ve made an excellent decision.”
10.The whole “yer da sells avon” thing.
Bobby Peru may be found on Twitter at @bobby peru. We eat as though we had a death wish every day. What would you think if this was served in England? “Can you tell me what I can buy for you, prithee?” “Put every fatty piece of food you can find into a pizza box, Jeeves; I’ll be eating out of it this evening.” “You’ve made an excellent decision, sir.”
11.Extremely impolite pubs.
Most bars in the United Kingdom do not intimidate customers with derogatory placards; but, because to our love of liquor, pubs in Glasgow have an advantage over their competitors. “You’d want a beer, don’t you? Yeah? YEAH? Now go ahead and do what you’ve been been taught.” “It’s a good pub.”
12.Rude shop names.
Imgur.com Though it goes hand in hand with the profanity and the cheeky pub signs, we don’t seem to care about being disrespectful in front of a large group of people. Think about the consequences if a business with this name attempted to open in Bath or Cambridge. The authorities would be summoned.
13.Sunbathing by hanging your arse out of a window.
In the spaces between the paintings, there’s generally a witty political comment, which is frequently critical of the Conservative Party.
It’s simply that it’s not really a thing in other places. The majority of other cities make use of Twitter.
15.And constantly holding huge rallies in the city centre.
Glasgow City News may be found on Twitter at @GlasgowCityNews. The square, which is around 1,000 people in size, is almost always packed with people who are protesting something or other. OBVIOUSLY, it’s wonderful that we live in a city where people are eager to express themselves, but is it really necessary to do so virtually every day? That’s a strange occurrence.
16.24-hour Greggs (with bouncers).
Follow Stuart Black on Twitter: @stuartdblack Subcrawls are such an iconic aspect of Glasgow life that it’s easy to take them for granted, but where else do people go to be pissed off on their subway system? On the Tube, if someone tried to do this, the cops would show up and become agitated. It’s just a way of life around here.
18.And just being absolutely sound as fuck.
@stuartdblack is his Twitter handle. As a fixture of Glasgow life, metro crawls are easy to take for granted. However, what other cities have subway crawls as a means of venting frustration? On the Tube, if someone attempted to do this, the cops would show up and become agitated. It’s just a way of life in this place, to be honest.
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And So It Goes – Wikipedia
|“And So It Goes”|
|from the albumStorm Front|
|Studio||The Hit FactoryandTimes SquareStudio,New York City|
|” That’s Not Her Style “(1990)||” And So It Goes “(1990)||” Shameless “(1991)|
‘And So It Goes’ is a song composed by Billy Joel in 1983 that was not published until six years later. It was included as the tenth and last track on his studio album Storm Front, which was released in 1989. The original 1983 demo was included in the My Lives box set, which was published in 2005. Joel penned the song after a romance that ended in failure with model Elle Macpherson. Because Macpherson was just a teenager at the time of their meeting and Joel was in his mid-30s, their connection was dramatic.
- Joel and Macpherson had a brief relationship before being connected with each other.
- While performing “And So It Goes” in the demo version, Joel sings the melody simply, with only the accompaniment of a basic piano backdrop.
- Joel sings and performs all of the instrumentation on the album version from 1989.
- In front of a live concert crowd, the official video was shot during a live performance.
- 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.
- Several other musicians have covered it since its original release (see “Cover Versions” below).
|Chart (1990–1991)||Peak position|
|Australia (ARIA Charts)||108|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||30|
|Japanese Singles Chart||12|
Despite the fact that Billy Joel hasn’t recorded a new album of pop songs since 1993, he’s been able to sell out Madison Square Garden every month for the past five years and fill baseball stadiums around the country during the summer. From his home in Palm Beach, Florida, Joel tells the story of coming onstage and telling the audience that he didn’t have anything fresh to offer them. “So we’re just going to proceed with what we’ve got,” he adds. “And the response from the audience is ‘Yeah!'” The entire time I’ll be sitting at the stadium, I’ll be wondering: “What the heck are all of these people doing here?” I’ll be thinking to myself.
- I suppose I’m a bit of an anachronism in certain ways.
- There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.” Are you looking forward to celebrating your 70th birthday on May 9th by performing at the Garden?
- On the one hand, I’m relieved to still be breathing.
- For one thing, it’s a work night, so you can’t celebrate a birthday or do any other fun things like that.
- This is the type of work that Peter Pan might do.
- As you become older, you start to lose sight of how old you really are.
- As I grew older, I began to lose my hair.
In order to seem younger, so many of your classmates colour their hair and do anything they can to stay in shape.
It would be foolish for me to attempt to appear like a movie star.
I’m not sure what I’d do if I needed plastic surgery or wigs.
It’s all about the image and the overall appearance.
After all, I’ve never concealed my age before, so why should I start now?
Does parenthood change for you now compared to when you were a child?
When I drop her off at school, one of the other parents will exclaim, “Oh, your granddaughter is so adorable.” “All OK, thank you,” I respond.
I still like being a father.
They help you to stay young.
My mother and grandmother raised me because my father was absent.
As a result, I have a lot of estrogen in my life.
I consider myself to have had a really lucky childhood.
When I was growing up, I knew a number of boys who were my age who were scared by their fathers into not being artists.
What I appreciated about ladies was that they were caring and warm, and I love that about males as well.
I’m going to raise these children who, one day, will be moms too, and I hope they’ll be as wonderful as my mother was.
What exactly is the formula?
However, during the most recent event we performed, I said, “You know what?
An piece about me appeared in The New Yorker, which was titled “The 33 Hit Wonder.” And I had no idea that I had received so many hits until I did the math.
What’s the deal with 33 hits?
“Why don’t we perform a show that’s simply hits, with no album tracks?” says the band.
This time around, things were a little different.
You’ve performed in dozens of performances over the past five years, but you’ve only played “Captain Jack” a handful of times.
He didn’t do well with the passage of time.
Because of the lyrics, there are only two chords in the verses, and the song continues indefinitely.
The youngster is sitting at home, jerking his shoulders off.
He goes through the motions of his mundane suburban existence until he gets high.
When I’m performing the song, I get a little down in the dumps, and I don’t particularly enjoy performing it any longer, but we’ll probably do it again.
Over the course of several years, the song became a concert mainstay.
You have to be motivated to accomplish it.
You’ve never done what so many of your contemporaries are doing these days, which is to listen to one of your great albums from beginning to end.
It was proposed that way.
There are so many songs that we enjoy performing that I simply do not want to limit it to a single CD.
And I’ll know it’s time to call it quits that night.
Despite the fact that my agent will approach me later and say, “Oh, no!
Can you conceive a Billy Joel movie in your mind’s eye?
I had planned to write an autobiography at one point, which I eventually accomplished.
“Fuck it, that’s me,” I said.
I went about my business.
You and Donald Trump are almost the same age, having both been born in New York’s outer boroughs.
My knowledge of him is that he was born in Queens, but I believe that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
In reality, I’m not sure how much empathy he has for individuals who don’t lead that type of life.
What are your thoughts on his first 100 days in office?
Perhaps this was something that should have happened in order to wake people up and make them realize that “hey, something like this can actually happen,” as they say.
Are you planning to participate in any way in the 2020 presidential election?
Many people, I’ve discovered, are resentful of celebrities endorsing their candidate.
I like individuals like Springsteen, who come up in front of a crowd and promotes a political candidate.
People, in my experience, are resentful when they come to watch you perform and you stand up on a soapbox and spout political philosophies.
What possessed you to do that?
It’s a load of nonsense.
My father’s generation waged a fight against Nazism that was ultimately successful.
As a result, this president has missed the boat.
Do you expect to have another opportunity to perform with Elton John before the end of his farewell tour?
We collaborated on concerts for 16 years, and they were all wonderful shows.
I would work with him again without hesitation.
Most people find my choice of television shows to be a bit monotonous.
A black-and-white movie will always catch my attention if it is playing on the television when I am changing stations.
I just finished watching Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart for the second time; it’s a fantastic film.
Whenever I come across Goodfellas, I’ll make a beeline straight for it.
Are you getting bored of being asked if you’re planning to release new music in the future?
I just don’t record it, and the songs aren’t in the traditional song format.
It’s solely for my personal educational benefit.
I’m not under any obligation to make myself more relevant.
But you sit down at the piano and compose music only for your personal enjoyment?
It is possible that no one has ever heard any of the music that I have, and that no one will ever hear it if I don’t do something with it.
I’m constantly learning new things, and you should never stop learning.
Whenever you produce anything, you always learn something new.
I’m not going to say “never again.” It’s possible that I’ll come up with a concept that might be turned into a song. I’m thinking of writing a movie soundtrack. I’m thinking of writing a symphony. I really don’t know. Anything is possible in this world.
POP MUSIC REVIEW : Billy Joel: An Inconsistent Man : Despite an uneven performance, the Sports Arena concert is a crowd-pleaser. The singer plays the self-deprecating egotist to the hilt.
In fact, Billy Joel has such a close connection with his audience that, during his concert at the Sports Arena on Monday, he practically played mind reader, addressing nearly everything that fans could have been thinking at the time. The concert had the feel of a mass telepathic interview at points, rather than a concert: * The female backup vocalist for Joel’s powerful ballad “An Innocent Man” sang some of the crucial lines in the chorus, which added to the song’s overall impact. Billy, are you saying you can’t quite reach that higher range anymore?
“Back then, I was truly capable of hitting the high notes.” * There was a notepad on the piano bench next to Joel’s.
‘I could set up a TelePrompTer up here and try to bluff you,’ he joked, explaining why there were crib notes on the table.
“I’m not sure I need it—like it’s safe sex,” I say.
He continued to punctuate his well-paced two-hour show with occasional Carnac routines on everything from his revolving platform (“I know what you’re thinking (in the back): ‘So his piano spins around.’) to his revolving platform (“I know what you’re thinking (in the back): ‘So his piano spins around.’) Whoop-de-do.
- He’s a well-to-do rock star!
- It seemed evident, however, from the way he interacted with his fans in this city-going out of his way to deflate any suggestions of star iconography at every step while always staying the confident and affable son of a gun-that the actor’s career is on the up-side of a reversal once more.
- From the somber intonations of “Goodnight Saigon” (complete with helicopter sound effects) to the mike-twirling hijinks of “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” Joel’s tone swung all over the place, sometimes literally.
- The fans, on the other hand, don’t see any contradictions in a man who can play the piano with his butt in one Elton-esque breath and wail ever so solemnly about the evils of cultural imperialism in the next; he’s Billy the rugged individualist at all times, whether as a comedy or a critic.
Nobody has to be a mind reader to figure out that Joel’s wide, all-purpose approach will continue to delight crowds long after he’s finished training his bifocals on his piano-top notepad, but it certainly helps.
Why I loathe Billy Joel
Billy Joel is someone I despise to no end. While I loathe a number of artists, none of their work is as widespread and inescapable as that of Mr. Jackson. Billy Joel attempts to channel both the everyman appeal of Bruce Springsteen and the campy virtuosity of Elton John; unfortunately, he falls short of both goals, landing flat on his face in the middle of the album. Billy Joel is no new to receiving mixed reviews for his albums. In an interview with Playboy in 1982, Billy answered, “What people say has absolutely no influence on me!
- It doesn’t worry me in the least.
- Let us now turn our attention to his real music, beginning with the obnoxious bit of work known as “Piano Man”: An anonymous dive bar musician tells the story from the point of view of his lonesome customers passing by on a Saturday evening.
- When presented as a portrayal of the average man, the song does not genuinely examine the emotional world of the clients in any manner; the only meaningful remark is that they are lonely and want for a better life.
- Billy Joel, which serves as the central theme.
Pull, for example, the lyrics of “The Stranger,” which read, “Well, we all have a face that we put away forever / And we take them out and reveal ourselves after everyone has left.” It appears that many of Billy’s stories, such as “Piano Man,” are concerned with how effortlessly cool he appears to be.
- ‘I played in Israel for the same reason I played in Cuba — to perform for the people,’ I said to them.
- The persons in attendance at the news briefing rose to their feet and clapped.” With the exception of everyone in the room rising up and cheering for him, this narrative might have been taken directly out of a chain email from 2005.
- Take a peek at the music video for the song “A Matter of Trust.” In it, Billy and his backup band conduct an open-air basement concert while bystanders progressively swarm around them, with the occasion finally devolving into an unplanned performance.
- In particular, his poor attempts to impersonate the irreverent and mischievous public demeanor of The Beatles come out as arrogant and self-centered.
- They have a similar appearance to myself and my buddies.
- He had a sneer on his face the whole time.
- That’s when everything started to take form.
It seems like he’s always portraying himself as a victim of cultural elites, as like he’s just trying to be Billy and they’re not letting him!
He is not entirely incorrect.
However, such criticism just serves to reinforce his desire to be viewed as the scrappy underdog who doesn’t give a damn about what the upper crust has to say about him in the media.
Thank you, Governor Cuomo.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all!
The legendary rock and roll singer Billy Joel said how he would characterize rock & roll: “It’s music with emotion in it, whether it’s a ballad or anything.” A certain level of intensity exists.” Aside from being a bad effort to define rock music, Billy’s response provides an explanation for a lot of the colorful melodrama he incorporates into his songs.
It’s a sham that’s not worth anything. Applebee’s is the Applebee’s of pop music, a lukewarm microwaved repackaging of true musical expression that is deserving of nothing more than derision from the public. “Vienna,” on the other hand, is a good song in my opinion.
There Is Nothing in the World Better than Singing Along to Billy Joel
Image courtesy of Instagram I swear to God that I witnessed two individuals get married last night while attending a Billy Joel performance. I don’t believe it was very significant that Billy Joel was performing because the true reason for the wedding was Bonnaroo itself, but of course it was significant that Billy Joel was performing. The music of Billy Joel is often played during weddings. That’s only one of the numerous applications for which it was designed. When Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” began to play, a buddy standing next to me exclaimed, “This was my parents’ wedding song!” and proceeded to send a text message to his parents about it.
- You know the words to his songs, even if you’re not sure you understand them, which is another characteristic of Billy Joel.
- Bonnaroo could not have chosen a more deserving headlining act.
- Billy Joel had to be towards the bottom of the list when it came to hip, buzzy musicians that the festival might have booked as a headliner, but that isn’t his position at the event in any case.
- And it’s no surprise that he was the ideal way to cap off Bonnaroo, a weekend filled with happiness and camaraderie, with a performance.
- People who had been complete strangers to me just four days before were now dear friends, wrapping their arms around my shoulders and swaying with me as we sang “She’s Always a Woman” in the background.
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- A permanent performer at what is perhaps the most famous musical venue in the world—a space that can house 18,000 people—he is the sole artist in the building.
- These songs contain the entirety of human experience.
- Although he’s a little weathered and bald at this point in his life, he has the all-American, down-to-earth charm of your macho uncle, despite his enormous fortune.
The audience erupted in applause when he welcomed them with a hearty “Bonsoir, Bonnaroo,” with a roll of French accent on the “roo.” He referred to a special section at the front of the audience as “the wealthy people tickets,” and he subsequently noted that he is able to drink during his events since he is transported away in a limousine afterward.
- Acerbic and humorous in his own, he’s also aware of and, more significantly, appreciative of the absurdity of his own existence.
- He is well aware of how much fun his show is, and he appears to take pleasure in the ease with which he can amuse an almost impossible-to-contain gathering of people.
- He is one of us, merely the joyful man at the bar who is leading the jukebox sing-along, except that he also happens to be the guy who composed all of the jukebox sing-alongs, which makes him a unique individual.
- The moment had come together once more, and everything about it was perfect.
- Wasn’t it amazing to hear this person, who is almost at the level of mythological being where you stop seeming genuine and also maybe have your face on money, speak the term Bonnaroo for the first time?
- All of our hopes and ambitions for the weekend, including being positive and finding the right moment, had come true.
- It was a few songs earlier, in the last song before the encore, when the actual force of Billy Joel was caught, that I got shivers, that made Bonnaroo soar out into space and seem more real than anything I’d ever experienced before.
If it isn’t the best song ever written, it is surely one of the top five most popular.
It’s a song about loneliness, thus it calls for a large group chorus.
It is an alchemical process, and the gold it produces is the beauty of life itself.
Similarly, it is a playground where the boundless possibilities of life appear to spread out before of us with greater clarity, much like Bonnaroo itself.
Though you have no idea who he is, the fact remains that you are all in this together.
When it came time for the final chorus, the lights were turned on and the audience erupted in a yell, every line crystal clear.
We were all in the mood for a catchy tune, and Billy Joel’s song made us all feel good about ourselves.
Everyone of us felt like royalty as we sang along to this music, and we were all pleased to be in this spot, singing together with each other. Kyle Kramer was in attendance at Bonnaroo the entire time. He has a Twitter account.
The River Of Dreams by Billy Joel – Songfacts
- The image is courtesy of Instagram In the middle of a Billy Joel performance, I swear to God, I witnessed two individuals get married. There was no real significance to the fact that Billy Joel was performing because the main reason for the wedding was Bonnaroo itself, but of course it helped that Billy Joel was there to perform. At weddings, the music of Billy Joel is played. It may be used for a variety of purposes, including this. When Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” began to play, a buddy standing next to me exclaimed, “This was my parents’ wedding song!” and proceeded to send a text message to his family. The way I replied was by climbing on his back and yelling the words out of my mouth. You know the words to his songs, even if you’re not sure you know them, which is another thing with Billy Joel. It’s impossible to forget Billy Joel. No one could have chosen a better headliner for Bonnaroo than Justin Timberlake. Having said that, it’s likely that Billy Joel wasn’t the main reason for most people’s presence. Billy Joel had to be towards the bottom of the list when it came to hip, buzzy musicians who the festival might have booked as a headliner, but that isn’t his position at the event. Billy Joel, in contrast to artists such as Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, and Mumford & Sons, is not a performer who is actively involved in the festival scene in 2015. Because of his positive attitude and sense of community, he was the ideal way to cap off Bonnaroo, a weekend filled with happiness and camaraderie. Our goal was to gather in a field and sing along to something, and Billy Joel is someone with whom a group of people whose musical tastes might not otherwise coincide—all of the aforementioned Deadmau5, Kendrick, and Mumford fans—can all get together in a field and sing along to something, which was perfect for our occasion. The people who had been complete strangers to me just four days before were now dear friends, wrapping their arms over my shoulders and dancing with me as we sang the song “She’s Always a Woman.” Bonnaroo’s might combined with the power of Billy Joel results in super bonus combination KO points. Here’s what happens next: When Billy Joel plays at Madison Square Garden every month, it is one of the greatest feats of human achievement. At the world’s most famous musical arena, which can accommodate 18,000 people, he is the one and only permanent resident artist. Billy Joel concerts are like flicking through the pages of an American songbook, which allows him to do so. This collection of music encompasses the entirety of human experience. Billy Joel has a unique understanding of the world…. After years of hard work and sacrifice, he’s become a bit gray-haired and bald, and yet, despite his enormous fortune, he has the all-American, down-to-earth appeal of your cool uncle from upstate New York. Moreover, his on-stage banter is absolutely hilarious. A roll of French emphasis was applied to the word “roo” as he addressed the crowd with a “Bonsoir, Bonnaroo.” It was subsequently revealed that he can drink during his gigs because he gets to travel away in a limousine after each performance, and he identified a reserved section at the front of the audience as “the wealthy people tickets.” Following the performance of “She’s Always a Woman,” he joked that the song was written for his ex-wife, noting that “clearly that didn’t work out” (bummer, by the way, for the happy couple who exchanged vows as it played, but such is life). Acerbic and humorous in his own, he’s also aware of and, more significantly, appreciative of the absurdity of his situation. He’s a good friend to have around. He is well aware of how much fun his show is, and he appears to take pleasure in the ease with which he can amuse an almost impossible-to-contain throng. Towards the conclusion of the show, he brought out his roadie (or so he said
- I was in the back, so it could have been anybody) to sing AC/”Highway DC’s to Hell,” and after a particularly impressive performance, Joel punctuated the performance with the words “and that’s how it’s done, bitches!” A true Long Islander in every sense of the word, Billy Joel is still going strong. He is one of us, merely the joyful man at the bar who is leading the jukebox sing-along, except that he also happens to be the guy who authored all of the jukebox sing-alongs, which makes him a unique character. High fives are given all the time at Bonnaroo, but during the song “You May Be Right” (also known as the song that goes “it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for,” and yes, you know it), as some people began to file out in preparation for their long drives home, a legitimate train of high five giving broke loose. The moment had come together once more, and everything was perfect. Bonnaroo and Billy Joel are two of the most exciting events of the summer. By the way, how exhilarating was it to hear this guy, who is almost at the level of mythological being where you stop seeming genuine and also potentially have your face on money, mention the term Bonnaroo? What’s more, we were all the lunatics that we had been searching for, and we had all found each other, so we were all high fiving. We had achieved all of our goals for the weekend, including being positive and finding the right moment. The fact that Billy Joel closed up the night with the epic—and I mean that in a real, Greek epic sense—”Only the Good Die Young,” we were all ready to grasp the moment and live like this, constantly on the edge and having a good time for the rest of our lives. Nevertheless, the ultimate moment that encapsulated Billy Joel’s power, that gave me shivers, that caused Bonnaroo to soar out into space and seem more real than anything had ever felt, occurred a few songs earlier, in the last song before the encore. “Piano Man,” performed by Billy Joel, was an unavoidable choice. In the unlikely event that it is not the best song ever composed, it is undoubtedly one of the top five. It captures a really unique sensation, yet it is also very general in its application. Because it’s a song about loneliness, a group chorus is required. It converts the loneliness of its protagonists, who have discovered that drinking at this pub is preferable to drinking alone, into a feeling of connection for the audience members who are listening to the story. Alchemy lies at the heart of this process, and its gold is the beauty of existence itself. One of the characters states, “I’m confident that I could be a movie star, if only I could get out of this location,” in the context of a song about hopelessness that ends up erasing that hopelessness and turning it into hope: Because of the way it’s sung and the way we gather together to support it, the thought of escaping from this location and really making this pipe dream a reality becomes real. Similarly, it is a playground where the boundless possibilities of life appear to spread out before of us with greater clarity, much like Bonnaroo itself. You may sit about in the campsite with a group of people you’ve just met and decide unanimously that you would all travel to Peru to meet a buddy you’ve just met when he arrives there next month. The festival is an universe in which this is possible. Your relationship is based on the fact that you do not know his name. The gimmick of cutting off one’s voice at a significant line is one that I’ve seen used many times, but I’ve never seen it work quite like it did with “Piano Man” last night. After a brief moment of silence, all of the lights were turned on, and the audience erupted in applause, each sentence crystal clear. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. We were all in the mood for a catchy tune, and Billy Joel’s song made us all feel good about everything. The festival had been dubbed “the kingdom of Bonnaroo” earlier in the day by Brandi Carlile, and now, for a little time, we were transported to that fantastical realm. Everyone of us felt like royalty as we sang along to this music, and we were all pleased to be in this spot, singing together with each other as a group. Kyle Kramer was in attendance at Bonnaroo for the entire festival! In addition to Twitter, he uses Facebook.
Billy Joel opens up about writing music, his career, who inspires him
In a statement released earlier this month, Billy Joel revealed that he will resume performing monthly performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden beginning in January. Joel is one of the Kennedy Center awardees for this year. He recently spoke with Charlie Rose about his achievement, his profession, and what pulled him back from the brink of a life-threatening situation. The Kennedy Center Honors 2013 were captured in 24 photographs. “If I had 100,000 of the most ardent Billy Joel fans within the sound of my voice, what would they most want to hear you play?” Rose inquired.
- The song Joel composed while performing in a Los Angeles lounge has grown into a stadium-sized anthem for the United States of America.
- He was recently commended by President Obama and honored as a Kennedy Center honoree, among other things.
- “Just give me a sense, a boy from Long Island, sitting there with the president, the first lady, and some other musicians that you have to appreciate,” Rose pleaded with the audience.
- “…as well as sitting in the president’s box in the nation’s capital, doing absolutely nothing but watching other people execute my work.
- What is the Yiddish term for this?
- In his words, “I was getting bored of reading about Mozart and Chopin and all that stuff.” “‘Allow me to compose my own material,’ I urged.
- And then, later in life, I began composing lyrics to accompany the music I was hearing.
I truly compose music, to which I then put lyrics are added.
I’ve had dreams about it, and I’ve woken up with music playing in my brain that I can’t seem to get rid of.
And then this thought sprung into my brain out of nowhere.” Joel went on to say, “It had come to me in a dream, and it had recurred.
‘How am I supposed to remember this?’ Don’t go completely insane.
And I knew that wasn’t going to be the last lyric I’d write.” “Just the Way You Are” went on to become Joel’s first top 10 single, a feat that would not be achieved until his fifth solo album.
“People aren’t able to do it anymore, in my opinion.
Joel’s following eight studio albums all charted in the top ten, with four of them reaching the top spot.
“When we were in the United Kingdom, the people wanted to hear ‘Uptown Girl’ performed.
“It was the theme song for Princess Diana’s wedding.
I don’t generally do that in other places because it makes my throat feel like it’s being shredded.
And it simply knocks me out…it kills me…” It’s hard to think that he hasn’t released a rock ‘n’ roll album in more than two decades.
Consider the possibility of composing more hit tunes’ -” Joel expressed himself as follows: “‘I’ve mentioned before that I’m just not there.’ As you may be aware, I’m very at ease when it comes to creating music.” ” But, if you really wanted to, you could?” Rose was the one who inquired.
“I don’t believe you’ve lost that ability, do you?” Rose inquired.
“A lot of people believe that if you’re not making songs, you’re being lazy, or that you’re suffering from some dreadful psychological condition as a result of not composing songs.
It’s simply that I don’t want to.
I’ve just decided to quit creating music.” “Is it possible that the composer comes first, even before the songwriter?” Rose inquired.
“Because that’s where it all started for you; with the music,” Rose explained.
Fascinations and Delusions, his debut instrumental album, was released in 2001 – the year that offered him newfound independence, but also a great deal of despondency and hopelessness.
“And I was really taken aback by the inhumanity of it all.
And I was down for an extremely lengthy period of time.” He estimated that it lasted around ten years.
Through his music, he was able to assist in the healing of a city that had been devastated by the events of September 11, 2001, and again in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
and having the ability to do so is a wonderful thing.” Joel claims that after hearing the tale of a young Pakistani girl called Malala Yousafzai, his own decade-long sadness was eventually overtaken by hope.
“I stood up to the Taliban…
It was a tiny girl.
“I’m going to continue doing what I was doing,” she remarked after returning from her trip.
She went ahead and did it.” “And when you’re on stage, do you think that’s the happiest moment?” Rose inquired.
It’s a brief window of opportunity.
‘Well done,’ you say?” Joel asserted that he did not do so and stated, “I don’t rest on my laurels.” Rose expressed herself as follows: “However, it is not content to rest on its laurels.
But you know you’ve done it – you’ve knocked it out of the park on several occasions.” “Yeah, but there’s always tomorrow,” Joel remarked wistfully. “And after that, what?”
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