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Why I Love Billy Joel's State of Mind

The original Piano Man is the epitome of cool while also exemplifying the spirit of intergenerational cooperation

By Larry Carlat

I've never been a big Billy Joel fan, but this video just converted me. It was filmed during "An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music" at Vanderbilt University in January. Joel does a nice job on his classic “New York State of Mind," but it's his warmth and graciousness to the student who accompanies him that gave me chills.

Larry Carlat served as managing editor for Next Avenue. He is a writer and editor who lives in Venice, Calif. Read More
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