This is the Time to Remember . . .

July 19, 2008 at 11:59 am 5 comments

Seems we were the only LI’ers who weren’t at Shea last night:

We had our own mini-concert right here on Merrick Road. The goal? Total nostalgia. Billy, whether you realize it or not, is in the fabric of your lives. Try to identify your favorite song and you will certainly have a memory that goes with it.

Mine? The Ballad of Billy the Kid. Hands down. Don’t you love a song that starts out slow and then ROCKS! I’m also a sucker for a song that tells a tale (memories of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” anyone?). It is one of those songs that was always in the background, and somehow, osmosis?, I know all the words AND now I can find Oyster Bay on a map.

So Billy memories anyone? Looking to brush up on tunes? Go to and search “Billy Joel.”

See NYT Article forwarded by Mom for a real writer’s great take on Billy and the goodbye to Shea. Will remind you of how much you love billy and have you whistling “Uptown Girl” – Shameless.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rush  |  July 19, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Yay for Billy Joel! Yay for Seeqpod! (Look at you, all web2.0 and teched up…)

  • 2. Mom  |  July 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    And Sir Paul too. A night for the ages.

  • 3. sdh  |  July 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    growing up, we had a billy joel piano songbook. my brother would play longest time and allentown over and over….and sing at the top of his lungs. and he is no billy joel. but we were definitely a billy loving family!

  • 4. mpw  |  July 22, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Billy The Kid without a doubt-I’m so proud of you for getting that right-. Easy to go for the highly overrated Piano Man sucker bet…As a someone WAY TO COOL to listen to BJ, i still have to give it up for BTK (Stop in Nevada will also always have a soft spot in my heart).

    For those of you who don’t believe listen close:
    To experience the full effect follow these steps (it helps if you are under 4′ 2″):

    1. pull the floor standing speakers from out of their cozy little alcove
    2. Craw into the newly created space

    3. Pull previously removed speaker back in (facing you)

    Now here’s the tricky part… As any audiophile will tell you this song must be listened to on vinyl, the more pops and hisses the better. As I believe this is the last track on side A you need to be fairly adept at extricating youself from your sonic womb to jerk the needle back for replay after replay after replay; no “Repeat Mode” on your CD or MP3–that’s cheating and would only cheapen the whole experience…..

    Gotta run –off to go put Billy the Kid on Madeline’s playlist…She’ll appreciate it some day.

  • 5. Party  |  July 22, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    EBW must have learned it from you, big brother. Of course, he had Uncle P’s very large, very loud speakers and he only listened to 1812 Overture.


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