William Martin Joel was born May 9, 1949. Billy is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. While living in New York City I got to see Billy on the street when I was at my job and he looked as if he was on his way to the Port Authority. I also got to see him play live in concert with Garth Brooks in Central Park on August 7, 1997.
I wanted to include some videos along with my writing since I’ve been a fan of Billy’s for many years. It was definitely a thrill for me to see him on the street and was extremely difficult not to stop him just to talk to him but I was with someone at the time and they just shook their head ‘no’ and so I left Billy alone.
I’d like to think that Billy has felt joy performing his music for the masses but I can also imagine depending on how much music you have that you may tire of hearing yourself sing the same songs. I suppose that is the curse of musicians is that if you’ve come up with the concept of the song and lyrics and get to record it and it starts playing on the radio and becomes popular and you win awards and you get known for it… no I know that probably does not bring joy so much to ones life. It’s the little things in life usually the things that we challenge for ourselves that bring us the satisfaction and joy in life. It all depends on what you look at as a victory for yourself. Fame isn’t necessarily a victory, with fame comes responsibility and privacy becomes something that diminishes. Time becomes more precious because it seems you’re always trying to meet some kind of deadline and you have all these projects and pressure from people to produce more. These are things that one has to consider if you decide to do something that could bring you fame, especially if you’re a private person.
Music has always been something that I’ve enjoyed all my life, whether it be listening to my own records or my parents albums and singing along to the radio, to trying to write my own songs or thinking that I could, to going to concerts and having that whole experience. Music has always been a big part of my life and for awhile I was also a radio announcer and I loved it. I was paid to play music and talk on the radio, how fun is that? I also got to work a few that I idolized that were the reasons I got into radio to begin with. Not only can I say worked with them but one, Duff Damos, I was privileged to have as a boss twice in a twenty year span.
I think that music is something that does tie us together, our love of it or dislike of it. The concert experience is something that one needs to experience and I highly recommend it. No you don’t have to go to a huge concert in order to gain the experience. Part of the feel of it is the music itself and however you’re connecting to that song or performer. For me, I have the additional joy of being a photographer and music lover so what I try to do when I am attending a concert is to capture the moments and I’m pretty good at it if I don’t say so myself. I go into my own little zone of artist mode and it’s combined with the music which I am well aware of and I gaze around the crowd to see things that will help me remember that particular moment and then I shoot it.
I love concerts for the music, the place that the music takes me and the feeling from the crowd. It’s hard to describe but it’s like you connect with the crowd and become part of something bigger. I remember each of my experiences seeing someone performing their music and that feeling which for me makes me long for more similar experiences.