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Tuesday’s tune

Youngest comes fluttering down the stairs:

‘What’s that you are watching?’
‘Billy Joel. Your dad and I used to listen to this album of his, ‘Songs in the Attic’, a lot when we were younger. This song is on that album.’
‘It sounds nice. He looks old though.’
‘Well I guess he is old now. But when he wrote this song he was young too, in 1976.’
‘…and had hair.’
‘Yes he had more hair back then. Can you tell what this song is about?’
‘Love. I’m just guessing mum but most songs are about love. Or kissing. Right?’
‘Sort of. He sings about feeling sad and euphoric and how it is always either one or the other.’


‘Like how I feel when I am with or without my best friend?’
‘A bit like that, yes. See what his hands are doing?’
‘One does less than the other.’
‘Correct. Billy wrote the music for his left hand to play the sadness part and the right hand the euphoria part.’

silence once more

‘That is very clever of him. And also, he is wrong, you can be sad and happy at the same time. That is why you play the piano with both hands.’

Billy Joel Performs Live On 1980 US Tour

And off he goes to annoy the hell out of his older brother with some insane game they play on their iPads. Leaving me with my feelings of nostalgia and once again pondering the lyrics.

‘They say that these are not the best of times
But they’re the only times I’ve ever known
And I believe there is a time for meditation
In cathedrals of our own’

I think I will love this song to my dying day.

Just saying.

‘Summer, Highland Falls’ originally appeared on the 1976 album ‘Turnstiles’ and a 1980 live version appeared on ‘Songs in the Attic’ in 1981
Click here for Billy Joel’s website
Photos taken from the Internet

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