Monday, March 29, 2010
Although I am an enormous fan of Frank Sinatra and the big bands of the 40's, I confess I am a sucker for all "man behind the piano" tunes from any era. A guy can be a geeky, nerdy mess, but the moment he sits at a baby grand and plays a sentimental ballad, I am immediately "swooned." When Billy Joel performs, my knees become weak. I completely understand why gorgeous models have pursued him.
Truth be told, I think Billy's greatest talent lies not in his amazing piano playing or musical abilities, but rather in his lyric writing. He can describe a situation or a person in just a few words, and make you understand exactly the emotion he is feeling in one simple verse. Consider this lyric from Piano Man: "Paul is a real estate novelist, who never had time for a wife." In just thirteen words, you now know EVERYTHING about Paul, don't you? I think it's just brilliant.
So, it is with great admiration that I present to you my favorite song of all time. I can't imagine being the girl for which he wrote this, nor what she must have felt the first time he played it for her. I love it because he never wrote a huge instrumental accompaniment for it, just him and the piano. It clearly doesn't need anything more.
I hope you enjoy it. Happy Monday!!
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