Thursday, March 29, 2012

Artist of The Day Recap: Billy Joel

my friend sharon's dad was older and a bit hard of hearing.... he kept asking us to play "operator". turns out this is the song he meant:

      • Eve Shouse I Can see Where He Got OPERATOR
        Yesterday at 10:25am · · 1
      • Lise Milligan lol so could i
        Yesterday at 10:26am ·
      • Dale Garman LOL - love this one!!!
        Yesterday at 10:58am ·
      • Karen Coy Lambert Love it Lise!!
        22 hours ago ·
      • Lisa Dempsey-Callaghan Love this one too!!!
        19 hours ago ·
        I can't help but chuckle whenever I hear this brings me right back to the summer I was 15. With school being out for the summer my good friend Melanie and I spent many countless hours lazing around at one of our neighbourhood beaches. One day in early July while laying around on our beach towels she was hit in the head by a was a good smack to the head I guess as the boy on the throwing end of the ball ended up being "The boy of her dreams" .......and they dated the rest of the summer.

        Well her boytoy Tony announced to us one day that his cousin from Montreal was coming to spend a week with his family and he asked if I would mind being set up on a blind date with him while he was here. I gave my friend "the look" know the one that says I am to kill you. She gave me back the"pleading look" know the one that says PLEASE PLEASE do this for me, I'll be your friend forever!!!

        Well the next week I meet "Jean Claude"..........Tony had failed to mention that his cousin spoke no English and was shorter than a fire hydrant. I'm vertially challenged but come on I was taller than his dude.

        My friend rode shotgun and of course I was stuck in the back seat with Napolean who I had a huge language barrier with :-) This song from Billy Joel comes on and he proceeds to butcher every lyric........not only with his brutal singing voice but he mispronounced every second word........I remember him saying something about "pink sandwiches" at one point lol

        This song was the only good thing to come from that blind date........well except the laughs associated with it whenever Melanie and I bring it up now :-)
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        When my older daughter was very young, she had to have surgeries on both her eyes. When she woke up from the surgery, she was bandaged and couldn't see. Melanie was born a preemie due to a car accident that caused my premature labor. She had delays and didn't really speak at the time, so it was very hard for her to express how she was feeling, and she started to panic. We managed to calm her, but she had to stay overnight in the hospital and was frightened. Hospital policy dictated that only one parent could stay the night, and it was agreed that I would stay. Ed was very upset that he had to leave, but reluctantly went home to get some sleep. I told him on the phone later that she was very restless and kept waking up and it took me a while to get her to go back to sleep each time.

        ...hile I was sleeping on the bed beside her, I woke up about 3:30 am to the sound of soft singing. Somehow, Ed talked the night nurse into letting him come back in. He was holding her, rocking back and forth and singing this song to her. I could see the tears on his cheeks, heard his voice cracking with emotion, and I could tell she was awake by the way her arms were wrapped around him. She said "da" and went back to sleep. He continued to rock her and sing, and she slept the rest of the night peacefully. Listening to the words he was singing to her, I layed there with this huge lump in my throat, knowing I was the luckiest woman in the world, and that she was the luckiest little girl in the world, just having him in our lives. Always a singer, but not the biggest Billy Joel fan in the world, he'd been singing "You're My Home" to me since I met him, but was still surprised to hear another one of Billy's tunes being sung by him. I knew this song as well, thought it was beautiful, but hearing it sung by a father to his child gave it a whole new meaning.

        "There is nothing that I wouldn't do...go to the ends of the earth for make you feel my love"

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      • Lisa Dempsey-Callaghan and the one he still sings to me sometimes at night, 20 years later...,
        Song from the Album "Piano Man" released in 1973.
        Yesterday at 7:32am · · 2 ·
      • Lise Milligan well, once again you've made me cry, lisa... beautiful story.
        Yesterday at 7:34am ·
      • Brian Arsenault hey Lisa Dempsey-Callaghan I count on you to crack me up not make me a blubbering idiot! What an amazing are truly blessed with the one guy on earth sappier than me :)
        Yesterday at 12:35pm ·
      • Karen Coy Lambert Oh, Lisa!! What a touching story!! I love Ed!! Even if he doesn't like us singing the sound of music!! Love you doll!! ♥
        23 hours ago ·
      • Dale Garman Very nice story, Lisa Dempsey-Callaghan :)
        23 hours ago ·
      • Michelle McDonald Hunt Brought tears to my eyes... very nice.
        21 hours ago ·
        The others were memories for me..this is my fave song by him.
        have no Joel story but always liked this track.
        After I lost my mother, I had few female role models, not to mention a soft breast to lay my head on if I needed a hug, or to shed a tear. My adopted grandmother was my champion!! We did not see each other near enough, but when I would wake up in a panic in the middle of the night and I realized I was at her house, I would grab my raggedy ann doll and go to her bed. She always hugged me and we would go have a cup of tea! No matter how late it was!! On the days she would pick me up from school I would wait with a smile on my face!! I knew that I would be safe and happy!! If even just for a few days!! We used to watch Julia Childs and then the Carol Burnett show!! I became a chef, and have always had a wicked sense of humor!! I miss her and love her!! This song always reminds me of her!! Thank you my dear Mimi!! I hope you knew how much you meant to me!! You had a smile that healed me!! ♥
        This is a music video of this innolvidable singer Billy Joel.
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      • Brian Arsenault so glad you had a place to run to in a storm karen :) great memory :)
        23 hours ago · · 2
      • Karen Coy Lambert Love you Bri!!
        23 hours ago · · 1
      • Lisa Dempsey-Callaghan how lucky you were to have her!! Nothing like a Grandma (which you know now since becoming one!!!) ♥
        19 hours ago ·
      • Lise Milligan sounds like she was a remarkable lady.... nice tribute :)
        Since nobody has picked it, I am going to post a second one. Back around 2003, I was in New York City for a week. We decided to stay at a hotel near JFK and would venture into the city everyday to do various things. On the second last night we decided we would go to a nicer restaurant. I have been all over NYC to many areas and that includes Long Island, which I have lived very briefly in the 80s with my father. On this night, we decided to go to a nicer restaurant, way out of the way in Long Island. It was a Seafood and Steakhouse place. Very high end. Probably the most we spent on the whole trip was that night at that restaurant. I remember how much of a quaint feeling it had. Very much like the homey feeling that Billy Joel describes in this song.