Billy Joel – Piano Man

16 Jan

From Format B’s Piano Man to this Piano Man is a giant leap. But in the realm of good music, it isn’t even that far. The song was released in 1973 and it was a major hit (we can hear why). From the great piano (I love piano music and the part starting at 03:35 is just fantastic!) to the maybe even greater input of the harmonica and the unforgettable lyrics, this tracks has it all to righteously say it is a classic. But what makes it really unforgettable is the construction of the song.  What I mean to say is that the song is sung from the perspective of a piano man, that sings about the people he sees at the bar. He tells all kinds of background stories of the people in the bar, but the chorus is sung by the people in the bar. This perspective is something that makes it truly great.

 

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