Good Morning Gentle Readers,
While Rocky Mountain News music critic Mark Brown stopped short of calling Billy Joel a child molester, he had harsh words for the dedication of a love song to Mr Joel's current wife, a twenty-something sweetie named Katie Lee, calling Joel's newly minted single, All My Life, the....
Creepiest song of 2007 so far.
Apparently Mr Brown didn't like the hat neither....
Joel's first "pop" single in 14 years finds him shamelessly aping Frank Sinatra (right down to the porkpie hat) while serenading a woman he married when she was 23 and he was 54.
Right here is where the guys smirk, nod to themselves, and think cool, while every chick in the place, even those that just love Billy Joel's music, folds her arms across her bosom, scowls, and harumphs mid-life crisis.
Mr Joel had this delightful response....
With regard to Rocky Mountain News pop music writer Mark Brown’s critique of my recording, All My Life, and his comment that I was “shamelessly aping” Sinatra; rest assured that if it had actually been my intent, you wouldn’t know it wasn’t Frank. A competent music critic would have been able to discern that I was in fact shamelessly aping both Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole.
Furthermore, since when does impersonating a music critic entitle Brown to be the moral arbiter of what constitutes a meaningful relationship?
Creepiest song of 2007? Perhaps. Creepiest opinion of the year? Definitely.
P.S. — Dude, that isn’t a porkpie hat.
Billy Joel, New York City
Here's the offending review.
Bottle of Red Regards,
The Wine Commonsewer
Full Disclosure: Mrs TWC is a huge Billy Joel fan.
Tip of the Glass to Rick H who assures us that the letter is absolutely authentic