Jonathan is a gifted self-taught pianist who doesn’t like to showcase his talent. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when, for Mother’s Day, he gave me a Billy Joel song list with the promise to play every song on the list.
But, there were rules.
1- I could request a song only once.
2- It was for my ears only; in other words, I couldn’t make a request when we had dinner guests. (Darn it. Jono knows me all too well.)
3- No photographs. No videos. (Again, darn it.)
Well, he didn’t say I couldn’t write about it.
There are 21 songs on that list and he can play every single one from memory. If I request New York State of Mind he’ll stop whatever he’s doing to come sit down and play.
About half of the songs are checked off. I starred the song The Ballad of Billy the Kid because it is Jono’s favorite song to play. It’s a show-stopper in that it’s fast and the music calls for use of the entire keyboard. When Jonathan played it for me I was like … Whoa. Who is this kid?
He leaves for Atlanta in a little over a week, and I’m pacing my requests so I get a personal mini concert every day.