To Forget Life For A While as Billy Joel Rocks Madison Square GardenThursday, January 30, 2014
I wish I can locate the video of my son playing at the "The Piano Man" when he was 10. Unfortunately, Jonathon got teased and bullied so much in High School that he had removed the videos we posted on YouTube.
We had dinner at Brother Jimmy's BBQ on
When he performed "The Piano Man", the crowd knew that Billy Joel will just accompany his fans as the fans sang most of the verses to his trademark song. It was a tradition I hoped to continue for generations. I'm not sure if Billy Joel gets tired of singing that song, but that song will always be the national anthem of his fans. Singing along to that song with Billy Joel's hands on the piano keys and occasional harmonica fills was like a Mega Karaoke night.
And then he said his Thank You's and Good-Bye's and the deafening cheers echoed for minutes inside the halls of MSG and continued on until Billy Joel returned for his encore performance.
I don't know WHEN Jonathon will meet Billy Joel in person, but that night was a night we will always remember and cherish -- even to those who were futzing around with their Smartphones.
And realize that nothing's ever changed
For all our mutual experience
Our separate conclusions are the same
Now we are forced to recognize our inhumanity
Our reason coexists with our insanity
But we choose between reality and madness
It's either sadness or euphoria"