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Billy Joel Opens Up About Writing Music, His Career, Who Inspires Him – CBS This Morning

Billy Joel announced this month he'll begin playing monthly concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, starting in January, and he is among this year's Kennedy Center honorees. He recently spoke with Charlie Rose for CBS This Morning during rehearsals for his New Year's Eve show in New York, where he shared a lifetime of songs.

… Rose said, “Just give me a sense, a boy from Long Island, sitting there with the president, first lady and some other artists who you have to admire.”

“I found it hard to believe I was in that lineup,” Joel said. “And sitting in the president's box, in the nation's capital, and not doing anything, but watching other people perform my stuff. It was a little overwhelming. What's the Yiddish word? Verklempt.”

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