Growing up in New York it was hard not be a Billy Joel fan. His music was ubiquitous and for good reason – he is very talented. I’ve always found myself getting sucked into the message behind his songs. You can tell he carefully thinks through his lyrics. Good songwriters always have a story to tell. They are able to leverage their own personal experience into a larger context. I cannot imagine how they would get inspired otherwise.
One of my favorite songs he has written is “The River Of Dreams.” I’ve heard Billy state that this song was inspired by a period when he was beginning to enter middle age and found himself waking up in the middle of the night and wandering around for no apparent reason. He didn’t know why. It just happened and allowed him some time to reflect and think about things. I believe there are many of us out there who can relate to this situation.
There is something about hitting the midpoint of life where your mind begins to wander a bit and hopefully leads you to having moments of clarity and resolution. It’s almost as if your brain has been struggling with unresolved issues for so many years that it decides its time to bring them to the forefront. Interestingly enough, what better time to do this then than the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep and you have ample opportunity for peace and quiet. If you don’t fight it and become frustrated with the lack of sleep, you can have some pretty special moments alone in the dark or soft light of the late evening/early morning hours. When this happens I encourage you to go with it and listen to what your brain/soul is trying to tell you – embrace the solitude.
- The Original from Billy Joel (eqnlee.wordpress.com)
- Travelin Prayer – Billy Joel (shauntj.wordpress.com)
- Throwback Summer: Billy Joel’s First Number One (wcbsfm.radio.com
- The Stranger- Billy Joel (forthevinylrecord.wordpress.com)
- Billy Joel – All My Life (tangerinetreesmusic.wordpress.com)
- Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire (musicmemoriez.wordpress.com)