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Happy St. Valentine's Day, Daily Paul!

I love you just the way you are.


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Happy Valentines day!

Belated. But anyway!

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Love Billy Joel &DP , even more lovely as a combination.

thank you!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

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Good morning Daily Paul!

Noon o'clock and I'm just rolling out of bed.

I'm glad you enjoyed the song. Thank you Lao Tzua for the blog. What an interesting thing to do with a blog. I'll have to take a look at it. Maybe one day in the future some neocon will do the same thing for Ron Paul, lol.

Thanks Joeseph for introducing Alexa to us. She's got a beautiful voice. There are great finds to be found at the thrift store! Especially the ones around here, in the late spring / early summer, after all the students have dropped off all their stuff.

I guess you guys missed the Illuminati symbolism, but that's ok ;)

Good insights John Robb:

What marks the 70s as musically special is the depth of artistry achieved in producing sappy pop music. At the heart of that were talented songwriters like Billy. the "right track" always ultimately ends in paradox. What once seemed so pretentious is eventually seen as the standard of unpretentiousness, and that's what has always marked the genius of Billy Joel. That's actually what this song is all about. That of course is why it's always been my favorite love song. It cuts through the pretense and expresses that which is impeccably down to earth. Seeing the live performance here enhances that experience as it shows so simply a guy singing his guts out about something so real. It ain't actually saccharine. It's pure organic sugar, the essential chemical at the axis of most all life as we know it.

The 70's were awesome. Jaron Lanier complains in "You Are Not a Gadget" that in our modern era there has been a dearth of good music. In spite of all the tools that musicians have (Garage band, etc.) little more than stagnation and repetitiveness has been the result.

What do you guys think of that?

Happy Weekend everyone!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Since you asked;

the same was true of Barry Manilow. He wasn't saccharine nor was he aspartame, either. As far as Christian Music went, we had some real prophets, some that carried their music into the 80's. The Second Chapter of Acts was one of the greatest at both crafting lyrics and perfecting harmonies. They even did an awesome 'tribute' to the 'Music Man' in a song called That's Not Nice to Say!
http://www.2ndchapterofacts.com/AboutUs.html

You can hear a snippet of the song here, (and no, it does NOT do it justice!)

Fans of the 70's and 80's can't forget Kieth Green or Scott Wesley Brown, either.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Same to you, Michael. I once saw Paul McCartney asked

if there was a song he wished he'd written. He said "Stardust" and this one! How wonderful is this song.....
and what an intimate performance. Thank you for sharing. Especially with the young ones on here!!!

As I said to John Robb below, there's an awesome blog written by a guy who always thought Billy Joel was un-cool, and decided to take a year to listen to all his songs.... his reaction surprised him. Very funny writer: http://ayearofbillyjoel.com/

beautiful

Happy valentines day to all here at the Daily Paul
Love

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I love Michael and the DP just the way you are!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Debbie

Excellent Choice!

Thanks, Michael

Sweat

I don't own any Billy Joel but this song reminds me of back in the day and I like the realness of the performance, including the sweat dripping down his face. Beats the crap out of some phony Illuminati-symbol throwing hoochie lip-syncing at some BS awards show.

illuminati pop culture puppets

... and their crappy formulaic re-gurgitated satanic ritual drivel ...

>>> illuminati music SUCKS <<<

The younger Joel

Alexa Ray Joel - "Just The Way You Are"

http://youtu.be/QyNy9AaGwrs

Alexa Ray Joel - Interview

http://youtu.be/jm0iJXTRyCI

My Funny Valentine

One of my top 3 favorite artists of all time.

Time to find my greatest hits CD!!!

$2 in the Goodwill bin

I scored a two disc greatest hits compilation for $2 at the local thrift store. There are some finds to be made out there.

Lovely! :D

You happened to choose my all time favorite love song. Many good love songs out there for a variety of reasons from a variety of genres. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this is my favorite as it is a top of the pops song, oh so saccharine, and well, it's Billy Joel. It was difficult to keep my air of "cool" through certain pretentiously unpretentious phases of life knowing that at any time I might be outed as total nerd if it were revealed that I regarded this Billy Joel song so highly. Lo and behold though, as all secrets are inevitably revealed I found other cool characters before me like Paul Westerberg and David Pirner also liking sappy 70s songs. Hey, we were all hooked on Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch too at some point. I don't miss the subtle self-conscious paranoia of those younger daze. Anyway...
What marks the 70s as musically special is the depth of artistry achieved in producing sappy pop music. At the heart of that were talented songwriters like Billy. the "right track" always ultimately ends in paradox. What once seemed so pretentious is eventually seen as the standard of unpretentiousness, and that's what has always marked the genius of Billy Joel. That's actually what this song is all about. That of course is why it's always been my favorite love song. It cuts through the pretense and expresses that which is impeccably down to earth. Seeing the live performance here enhances that experience as it shows so simply a guy singing his guts out about something so real. It ain't actually saccharine. It's pure organic sugar, the essential chemical at the axis of most all life as we know it.
One thing [not really important here] this live version comes close to but is better achieved in the studio version is the saxophone. Hey, it ain't Coltrane, but the sax solo on the radio version is unsurpassed in its mastery of showing just how sweet and lovely the saxophone can be.
Lot of words here. I don't know what got into me... ;D ...a fine choice Michael! ♥

A Year of Billy Joel: an awesome blog...

I think you will enjoy this: http://ayearofbillyjoel.com/
"How I learned to stop worrying if it was cool and started enjoying Billy Joel.
In 2012 I listened to every song Billy Joel has ever released and wrote about it all."

good stories!

Thanks for posting this, Lao. It's really fun to read, quite the humble journey. His "Piano Man" entry is a wonderful leading story. His story carries from one song to the next. "The Stranger" gets personal. I've read many randomly. He's a good critic too and has really taken his time listening to all the songs.

Valentine's Day??

Didn't even know so I guess that's a pretty good indication of the current state of romance in my life =)

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To all the wonderful ladies at the Derby Paul

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Perfect, Michael!

Thanks!

Billy at his zenith plus a Fender Rhodes = pure awesomeness....

What would the Founders do?