Last week I saw this YouTube video of a kid named Michael Pollack during a Q&A with Billy Joel at Vanderbilt, he asked to play “New York State of Mind” with him on stage. Anything with Billy Joel in the title and I’ll click on it. I will totally own up to my Billy Joel obsession. I freaking love Billy Joel’s music. I played piano for ten years and yearn to play again, so any music with strong piano and I’m probably a fan (Elton John, Coldplay, and so on). My husband always gives me a funny look when I can literally sing along with every Billy Joel song.
Anyway, I was watching this video, and this kid has the nerve to ask freaking B-I-L-L-Y J-O-E-L if he can accompany him on stage. And I mean, how do you say no to that right? You have to assume the kid is amazing because why would anyone who wasn’t super talented want to embarrass themselves not only in front of all those other students but in front of Billy Joel! But this kid totally killed it.
And I was watching this video with tears in my eyes because for the however many hundred kids that were in that auditorium, they got freaking see Billy Joel sing with one of their classmates playing alongside him. Just priceless. This kid, from Long Island (Billy is from Long Island too), got to play on stage with his idol. And killed it. Music is so moving to me. Especially experiences like this. Literally watching this kid’s dream come true was so moving to me.
On another level, I frequently get goosebumps (or tears) when I see someone doing the thing they were put on earth to do. They’ve figured out the talent they were given (cause aren’t we all given at least one!?!) and they go for it, and you can just see it in their faces and body language, with both Billy and Michael, that they are genuinely so happy to be doing what they do. And I don’t even need to address the talent. I mean, I doubt that microphone Billy was using was to the level he uses at concerts and performances and his voice was just amazing.
If you have watched the video, what did you think?
If you haven’t, you should.