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Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #53

Billy Joel

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Monday, October 28, 2013

This week on Here’s the Thing – Alec sits down with fellow Long Islander Billy Joel – at the piano – for a conversation about life and the musical choices he’s made.

 

Joel joined his first band at age 14 and became the third best selling solo artist of all time in the United States. He’s sold more records than The Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, but at this point, he says, the “rock star thing” is something he can “take off.”  “I go shopping, I cook my own food, I wash the dishes, I take out the garbage … And the music has nothing to do with money or career.  It’s just part of me. It’s like love

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Comments [7]

Mike from Lawnguyland, NY

Thank you Alec Baldwin and Billy Joel! This was one of my favorite hours of "radio" listening ever! I was taken back to so many memories, I laughed out loud in my car, I loved the references to things like "Jamaica...the one in Queens" (where I lived for many years as a kid) and the Long Island Railroad...things that those of us that grew up in proximity to "the City" know, and recall fondly even after we move to Long Island. Billy Joel meant a lot to me growing up, and to my brother too. My brother had a rough life (he left us early), and he once sat my mom down and played Billy Joel's "Vienna" for our mom to help her understand how he (my brother) felt in life. By the way, he played the song for her when it was on VINYL on her record player...the kind that was built into the big cabinet that you would tilt the top up and could play 8-track tapes in too! HA! Anywayz...thanks for the great interview! It was really special, really.

Dec. 11 2013 07:03 PM
Pavel

great interview, weird edits in this version thou. i heard it like four times already.)it's fun with the songs and stories.

Nov. 15 2013 07:46 PM
jake from sf

Alec, dude. why so long between interviews? Love your show, don't stop now.

Nov. 09 2013 02:19 PM
jennifer rabbitt from Newport Beach

Listened to this for the 5th time last night.
Wished it were another hour long.
Please, more Godfather on the next one.

Nov. 06 2013 10:52 PM
Danny King from Scranton, PA

Alec,

I remember listening to this podcase while ago, and am I'm happy that I revisited it. Its probably my favorite podcast of all time..... I am looking forward to seeing your new tv show, but I wish you keep Here's The Thing going. I'm a huge fan, and I wish you continued success. You have inspired me to begin podcasting, and I hope to start that venture soon. Thanks,
Danny

Nov. 01 2013 12:47 PM
Danny King from Scranton, PA

Alec,

I remember listening to this podcase while ago, and am I'm happy that I revisited it. Its probably my favorite podcast of all time..... I am looking forward to seeing your new tv show, but I wish you keep Here's The Thing going. I'm a huge fan, and I wish you continued success. You have inspired me to begin podcasting, and I hope to start that venture soon. Thanks,
Danny

Nov. 01 2013 12:47 PM
John David Tupper from California

I was waiting for talk on or about Glass Houses and the interview didn't go there, too bad, I liked that album. Great laid back interview otherwise. Lots of fun.

Oct. 28 2013 06:39 PM

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