I'm in a New York state of mind. http://youtu.be/p04TYk4j0zQ
This Youtube video of Billy Joel's spontaneous performance of that song brought tears to my eyes. We lived in
New Jersey for 11 years, a short 45 minute train ride to Penn Station.
Every few months, I got to take that
ride and explore the city, shop a little, have a good meal or a theater
outing, visit a great museum, meet a friend.
9-11 happened while we
lived there, friends on our street worked in the trade center building,
and the whole world focused on this great city during that tragedy. I
think the reason I choked up is because New York really does express
some of the greatest of human achievements, along with some of the most
profound pain; great music, like great art, helps us feel this passion.
We owe such thanks to people who dedicate their lives to creating music
and art. I certainly don't think my work is anywhere near as
interesting or meaningful as the iconic Billy Joel (or the amazing young
man who plays with him in this video.) But I am filled with emotion
that I will get to bring my work to the city and have thousands of
licensing art buyers see it. I have worked for so many years at what I
do, and this feels like a wonderful chance to have it out in the world,
even if no licensing deals result.
Thank you, New York City, I really
am in a New York State of mind, and it feels good.