An American Treasure - 04/28/14
I was in my car today on my way back from picking up paint for a home improvement project when I ran across a Billy Joel town hall special on Cirrus XM Satellite radio. What a blast. Folks in the audience got to ask Billy questions about his music and growing up. Tony Bennett sang "New York State of Mind." The man can still hit the high notes.
I love radio both terrestrial and satellite but some of the coolest things I've heard lately have been on Sat-radio. When it was over, they tracked some of Billy's biggest songs. The guy can do so much, so comfortable moving from ballads to up tempo rock numbers like "Sometimes A Fantasy" and "Still Rock and Roll to Me."
As a teenager, the first album I got after getting a really decent stereo in my room at about 14 or 15 was Billy Joel's "The Stranger." Songs I remember on that record are "I'm Moving Out," "Only the Good Die Young" and "The Stranger." Great memory to start the day. It's making all this nasty weather a little easier to bear.