An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, May 24, 2019

Billy Joel, Jonathan, and Me


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.

Just Billy Joel, Jonathan, and me.



1 comment:

Gigi said...

I adore Billy Joel and am so bummed that Jonathan wouldn't allow for video! Maybe he'd be okay with just recording the sound? Your argument could be that this would make the gift that keeps giving as you'd be able to hear it whenever you wanted.