Now this is a Billy Joel encounter to last a lifetime. On Thursday, news broke that Billy Joel was kind enough to make a student’s dream come true: the opportunity to go on stage and actually play piano alongside a living legend.
At a Vanderbilt question and answer session, a freshman named Michael Pollack asked the “River of Dreams” musician one simple question.
“I was wondering if I can play with you. I would accompany you, that is."
It didn’t take long at all for Joel to accept the offer.
After a few minutes of Joel and Pollack conferring together to discuss the song’s arrangement, they begin playing a Joel gem “New York State of Mind.”
So how was the moment for Pollack himself? Was the Billy Joel encounter one of the best moments of this young student’s life? Let’s let him explain exactly what happened and how he felt about it, shall we?
"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," says Pollack. "It's hard to remember. I just started playing. ... It was probably the greatest moment of my life, up to date."
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