Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

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Billy Joel tops Long Island Newsday’s list of “Songs Every Long Islander Should Know” with “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” voted #1, and five other Joel songs making Newsday’s top 100 list, more than any other artist. Billy spoke with Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa and discussed the story behind each of the six songs, which Newsday readers voted for every week beginning in June. Glenn wrote, “These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know — songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the Long Island Hall Of Fame’s definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.”

Here are the six Joel songs and their position on Newsday’s list. Visit Newsday.com for the full list as it was tallied week to week.

Long Island Newsday

1. "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”
4. “New York State Of Mind”
11. “Piano Man”
31. "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me"
47. “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid”
83. “The Down Easter ‘Alexa’”

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Re: Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

He has an very impressive voice and very impressive Personality too.I like his songs.

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Re: Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

He has an very impressive voice and very impressive Personality too.I like his songs.

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Re: Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Of all of Billy Joel's songs and music I have thoroughly enjoyed (for what, four plus decades?), I am continually drawn to "The Down Easter 'Alexa'", especially the power of the video of those who have "lived the life" and seen it disappearing. Although I have not made a living fishing Long Island Sound, off Montauk, out to "the canyon", I have experienced those darkening skies, waves rising, trailing tide and kept my hand on the wheel. With engine trouble, in the dark, in "The Gut" with trailing tide, trying to reach Montauk, I've worked with the waves and tide to reach safe harbor. Block Island Sound, The Vineyard, Nantucket, The Bell at Gardner's Bay and certainly all of the scenes in his video depict the reality of a way of life disappearing to vacation homes, "weekenders", and over fishing by commercial ships and "sport fishermen".

Back now, for 40 years, on my native soil in Vermont, I see the same trend. "Flat Landers" and foreigners buy up family farms, camps and properties on once pristine lakes and ponds. The raise the buildings to build million dollar vacation homes. Rather than plant crops, they hire others to plant and maintain their lawns. Rather than "sugar" in the Spring, they have old hard maples cut and chipped, or hauled off to buy some back for a few picturesque fires when they return from the ski slopes that scar the mountains. Even those who move here to live, to enjoy a more safe and tranquil life than the cities they are trying to escape, immediately want sidewalks, streetlights, school bus service to their doors, box stores,... the list goes on. Rather than support a local, family owned business for a few pennies more, they drive their SUVs 50 to 100 miles round trip to shop in Malls. Rather than prepare home made meals and, perhaps sit down with family, play some board game or cards after dinner, they buy their kids pizza, or microwave junk food, pay for their i-Phones and constant "texting" and let them watch junk TV far past when they should be reading them a bedtime story. The "Islanders" and the "Hill Farmers" once had a clue. Too many "city folk" have lost touch with family and the character it builds to do real work.

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Re: Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Of all of Billy Joel's songs and music I have thoroughly enjoyed (for what, four plus decades?), I am continually drawn to "The Down Easter 'Alexa'", especially the power of the video of those who have "lived the life" and seen it disappearing. Although I have not made a living fishing Long Island Sound, off Montauk, out to "the canyon", I have experienced those darkening skies, waves rising, trailing tide and kept my hand on the wheel. With engine trouble, in the dark, in "The Gut" with trailing tide, trying to reach Montauk, I've worked with the waves and tide to reach safe harbor. Block Island Sound, The Vineyard, Nantucket, The Bell at Gardner's Bay and certainly all of the scenes in his video depict the reality of a way of life disappearing to vacation homes, "weekenders", and over fishing by commercial ships and "sport fishermen".

Back now, for 40 years, on my native soil in Vermont, I see the same trend. "Flat Landers" and foreigners buy up family farms, camps and properties on once pristine lakes and ponds. The raise the buildings to build million dollar vacation homes. Rather than plant crops, they hire others to plant and maintain their lawns. Rather than "sugar" in the Spring, they have old hard maples cut and chipped, or hauled off to buy some back for a few picturesque fires when they return from the ski slopes that scar the mountains. Even those who move here to live, to enjoy a more safe and tranquil life than the cities they are trying to escape, immediately want sidewalks, streetlights, school bus service to their doors, box stores,... the list goes on. Rather than support a local, family owned business for a few pennies more, they drive their SUVs 50 to 100 miles round trip to shop in Malls. Rather than prepare home made meals and, perhaps sit down with family, play some board game or cards after dinner, they buy their kids pizza, or microwave junk food, pay for their i-Phones and constant "texting" and let them watch junk TV far past when they should be reading them a bedtime story. The "Islanders" and the "Hill Farmers" once had a clue. Too many "city folk" have lost touch with family and the character it builds to do real work.

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