Sunday, February 05, 2006


The Piano Man's Cinematic Forays

Rock n Rock Hall of Famer Billy Joel is currently in the midst of a record-breaking string of 12 sold out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. His songs have always reflected, in a very personal sense, his own life and times. For me, they have guided and offered insight to relationships and moments in history, often filtering them, as only Joel can do, with a sense of honesty, experience and irony. Few songwriters can turn a phrase as deftly as Joel, and have them resonate as strongly as he can. On occasion, Joel's songs, many of which have now become American standards, have been used as themes for TV shows (Bosom Buddies used "My Life"; Dave's World chose "You May Be Right"). In addition to his voice performance as Dodger in Walt Disney's animated Oliver & Company, Joel has also contributed original songs for movies, including "Modern Woman" for Ruthless People and and the title song for Rodney Dangerfield's Easy Money. Dangerfield repaid the favor by appearing in Joel's music video for the song "Tell Her About It." Joel performed "All Shook Up" and "Heartbreak Hotel" for Honeymoon in Vegas; "In a Sentimental Mood" for A League of Their Own; "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?" and his own "Vienna" for 13 Going On 30. His songs can also be heard in the films Wonderland, Garfield: The Movie, Agent Cody Banks, The Guru, A Family Thing, The Blues Brothers, and FM.

I wonder why Billy Joel hasn't been tapped for a Disney theme the way Phil Collins or Elton John have. He certainly is every bit as good a musician, songwriter and singer as the two of them.
Billy Joel did Oliver and Company.
I had the honor of seeing Mr Joel for first time on Valentines Day. I was moved beyond words. And hmm...Highway to Hell featuring Chainsaw? ( Billy played a mean Angus Young) And he did wirte for a movie..albeit in his head..."The legend of Billy the Kid"...
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