Everybody has a dream (OK, no more song title puns), and Michael Pollock’s was to play a song with his idol, Billy Joel. So, when the Piano Man recently visited his college, Vanderbilt University, for a Q&A, he knew he had to say goodbye to his shyness (that was only a half reference) and ask Joel if he could perform “New York State of Mind” with him. Luckily, Joel isn’t an asshole and said yes. In Pollock’s own words:
And then he thought for a little — he took a second — and then he just said “Okay.” Which wasn’t quite convincing, but it was good enough. I walked up, we spoke about the arrangement for about 15 seconds — he just went through what he wanted me to play — and then from there, it was just … foggy. It’s hard to remember. I just started playing. I had practiced it a little bit thinking maybe I’d get the chance to go up … I kind of lost myself playing. Then afterward he said to me … he said that I was great, where are you from … and I said, “I’m a Long Islander just like you.” He was like, “Cool.” Then I walked off, and that was it … It was probably the greatest moment of my life, up to date.” (Via)
Ugh, he’s such a big shot now.