What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Piano Man


I’ve been to many, many music concerts over my lifetime – most of them in the early eighties. But one of my biggest regrets is that I’ve never gotten to see Billy Joel perform in person. I met the man a number of times in 1983 and 1984, but somehow I never had the opportunity to see him live. He’s been doing a very successful residence at Madison Square Garden for a few years now, and I’ve toyed with the idea of seeing him a number of times. But every time I decide I’m going to do it, I see the hair-raising ticket prices and talk myself back out of it. Today, we’re going to time travel a bit and see the master at work during his Nylon Curtain tour in 1982. FOR FREE.

As I headed down the Billy Joel rabbit hole, I came across a fascinating article on Rolling Stone about the artist, which I recommend if you have a few minutes. It gave me real insight into his drive and his lyrics. All that pressure and struggle certainly hardened Joel into a diamond.

Someone pointed out that Joel stopped making new pop music in 1993, but his fans stuck around. They’re absolutely correct. I love him still, and his music is our favorite for long road trips (and stressful days). Maybe one of these days, I’ll bit the bullet and buy a ticket. I’ll certainly be filled with regret if I wait too long…

You can follow the eternal talent Billy Joel on his website and on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “The Piano Man

  1. I am going to have to return to this post when I can actually listen to music (I am in an orthodontist’s office right now) because I really like Billy Joel’s music. I have also never seen him perform live and would love to but, like you, the ticket price is prohibitive.

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  2. Bite the bullet and go see him live! We just saw him in LA at SoFi stadium! His voice is as rich and full as ever, he is playful and so hospitable on stage, his band is phenomenal, he is the ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!!!


  3. This morning I made a post. Now it seems to be gone. I always enjoy his music. I am not happy my. Morning post is gone….H

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  4. I was lucky enough to see him in concert here in Toronto. I wanted to go again recently because I have exposed my girlfriend to his catalogue of music and she would like to see him. Sadly, the prices were astronomical.
    My favourite song is “I’ve Loved These Days.”

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