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Billy Joel Sings NY State of Mind Acc. by College Frosh


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Sick. Cool of Joel to take that risk, super ballsy of the kid to do it, and though he was understandably a little nervous, he carried it off in a big way.

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Yup. The original key is C, but in later years, he did it live in Bb. So he must have thought better of it, and when he spoke to the player off mic, he must have said, "you know what, let's do it in Bb."

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I thought I heard Billy tell him to play it in C, but it was in Bb.

 

I noticed that too.

 

Another thing I thought of was Billy might have had the board transposed already down a whole step. Very common for great singers to play on digitals that are transposed when they need to sing things in lower keys (Burton Cummings comes to mind). So he had to think about it and told the kid to 'play it in C' so that it would sound in Bb. OR like someone said he told the kid off mic to play it in Bb afterall.

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I think you're right about the transpose button. When the player goes down to the low tonic, you can't see his hands well enough to know exactly what he's hitting, but it looks like he's hitting a white key rather than a black one.

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I thought I heard Billy tell him to play it in C, but it was in Bb.

 

I noticed that too.

 

Another thing I thought of was Billy might have had the board transposed already down a whole step. Very common for great singers to play on digitals that are transposed when they need to sing things in lower keys (Burton Cummings comes to mind). So he had to think about it and told the kid to 'play it in C' so that it would sound in Bb. OR like someone said he told the kid off mic to play it in Bb afterall.

 

I have heard Billy Joel try out several keys when playing a song for Howard Stern, for instance. He has the chops, and knows his own songs well enough, to transpose on the fly.

 

Speaking of songs about New York, if I never heard the song "New York, New York" again it would be too soon. I was once at a bar in San Diego and the pianist did a nice version of "New York State of Mind," I offered him a $20 tip to not play "New York, New York" until after I left.....

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