Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:32:45
The Piano Man Billy Joel will be honored with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song this fall. That's a huge and well-deserved honor for Joel.
Joel has been selected to receive the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist, for 2014.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington spoke of why Joel is receiving this honor, saying, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again. Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."
That's so true. His songs tell stories.
Of his honor, Joel said, "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career and the Library's decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
Joel will be feted at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
What is your fave Billy Joel song?