On Thursday morning I got an email telling me that A Year of Billy Joel is two years old. I suppose that makes the name of this blog inaccurate as it’s now Two Years of Billy Joel, actually that’s wrong too because I’m now in my third year of Billy Joel.
Nitpicking aside, I’m still here. Once I made it though all of the songs in 2012 there wasn’t a whole lot more for me to write on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean I was done with this thing. Early in 2013 I realized that I was still thinking about my completed Year of Billy Joel project. What started out as a silly thing about music became a serious thing about something more than that. I couldn’t turn the Billy Joel part of my brain off simply because the calendar had turned over.
Early in 2013 I decided that I wanted to tell people about what had happened when I attempted to listen to every Billy Joel song because the experience made me reconsider some of who I am and where I come from. Plus there are a lot of things that didn’t fit into the day to day part of the project that I still want to share. So, over the last few months I’ve been going over Billy Joel’s career again, and writing about it all over again. This next phase will see the light of day eventually, in some form, because I just can’t get away from this thing…not that I want to.
Thank you again for being a part of this thing. See you again soon.
Anonymous asked: How did you stop worrying if it was cool?
I listened to everything and formed my own opinions. During the process I realized. I could love or hate Billy Joel and it wouldn’t matter to anyone but me. It’s just music and trying to measure up to some made up idea of what is cool is pointless. Just like what you like and don’t feel the like you have to rationalize it.