Billy Joel is a legend, and can write a mean pop song — so why hasn't he really written anything since 1993?
Billy says it's not that he hasn't written anything, just that he's written things that don't really have lyrics! He's been writing constantly, just music that isn't considered pop! Here's what he said:
'I never stopped writing music. I’m still writing music — piano pieces, orchestral music, dramatic pieces — but they could become songs. Some of them are like hymns that I just don’t have words for, but I might.
I wanted something more abstract, I wanted to write something other than the three-minute pop tune even though that’s an art form unto itself. Gershwin was incredible, Cole Porter was incredible, Richard Rodgers, great stuff, Hoagy Carmichael and John Lennon, the three-minute symphony. For me, it was a box. I want to get out of the box. I never liked being put in a box.'
Wow! We wish we could hear even his most unusual stuff — especially the stuff that was coming out of him while he was pretty deep in the bottle, so we could compare it to what he's writing now… even though he is NOT alcohol free!