Billy Joel

American singer-songwriter and pianist

Lived from: 1949-

Category: Music | Writers (Contemporary)

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    A typical day in the life of a heavy metal musician consists of a round of golf and an AA meeting.
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    Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
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    Artists - musicians, painters, writers, poets - always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
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    As human beings, we need to know that we are not alone, that we are not crazy or completely out of our minds, that there are other people out there who feel as we do, live as we do, love as we do, who are like us.
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    Come out, Virginia, don't let me wait. You Catholic girls start much too late, Ah, but sooner or later it comes down to fate. I might as well be the one.
    Source: Only the Good Die Young (1977)
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    Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself.
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    For whatever reason, not all people are born with the particular gift of being able to express ourselves through music. And, believe me, it is a gift.
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    Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the canned, frozen and processed product being dished up to the world as American popular music today?
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    Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm - walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers.
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    I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.
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    I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
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    I've come to realize that life is not a musical comedy, it's a Greek tragedy.
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    If you make music for the human needs you have within yourself, then you do it for all humans who need the same things. You enrich humanity with the profound expression of these feelings.
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    In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard.
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    In an age of incompetence, I've been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my ax and write a song. That's my job.
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