Guy in giant red sunglasses while playing piano. Man, cheerful pianist playing. Comic performer concept.
Everyone has a story, but not everyone has stories as interesting as longtime working musicians. Despite long hours, less-than-stellar pay and, at times, a half-attentive audience that only claps a third of the time, performers seem to love their jobs. If working the happy-hour and night shifts in small watering holes wasn't their plan to begin with—the gigs were intended to be merely a way to put food on the table while they chased bigger and better stage dreams—they certainly aren't now.
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William Martin "Billy" Joel born May 9, is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and classical composer. Originally from the Bronx, New York, he is the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with 33 Top 40 hits and six Grammy Awards to his name. As his breakout hit "Piano Man" implies, he is a skilled piano player, and many of his most famous songs have strong keyboard elements. His discography has a wide range of styles, including schmaltzy soft-rock love songs that perhaps reveal Too Much Information about his relationships especially that with ex-wife Christie Brinkleytributes to s artists and stylings, attempts at working class rock comparable to Bruce Springsteenjazzy ruminations on fame, religion, substance abuse something he has experience inor his hometown of New York City, bluesy piano numbers, and pure classical compositions.
Dean was one of my professors at MassArt in the late 70's. It was great to see him again this weekend. I segued from his award into my speech with a story about life drawing the Naked Piano Man that summer.
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They normally play before an audience of none at all. They seek neither fame nor fortune. Their reward will never be a fat recording contract from Simon Cowell, but just the quiet satisfaction of mastering some fiendish masterpiece and then moving on to the next one.
Billy Joel has always been thought of as a radio-dominating piano popper, but the depth of Joel's talent and craft has been something that allowed his legacy to live on well past the point after he stopped making albums. His "Greatest Hits" compilations are some of the best-selling albums of all time, due in part to the fact that Joel isn't summed up by a single song. You can try, certainly, but would you really pit "Piano Man" vs. Unfortunately back then he was an absolutely unknown quantity, and "She's Got a Way" — his first ever single — failed to chart literally anywhere.