I'm Trying this. I think part of the difficulty is playing the left thumb above mid C. I'm trying to keep a constant left hand rythum with a metronome when I practice it, and fit the right hand in. It's also smartened up my part I.
I like this utube. It's by Henry & Felice Mancini. There is a long piano intro, and the vocals start at 1:24 on the timeline, then the lyrics are:
Sometimes not often enough we reflect upon the good things and those thoughts always centre around those we love and I think about those people who mean so much to me and for so many years have made me so very happy and I c-o-unt the times I have forgoten to sa-aaa-ay Thank you and just how much I love them
Piano Man by Billy Joel is my favorite piano song of all times.
The melody of the song is really catchy and I love the idea of a piano man singing for all the people in bar reflecting their unfulfilled dreams.
Need I say that this song has been one of Joel's greatest hits? It peaked at 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Enjoy the Lyrics and tell me if you like it as much as I do :)
Piano Man / Billy Joel
Its nine oclock on a saturday The regular crowd shuffles in Theres an old man sitting next to me Makin love to his tonic and gin
He says, son, can you play me a memory? Im not really sure how it goes But its sad and its sweet and I knew it complete When I wore a younger mans clothes
La la la, de de da La la, de de da da da
Chorus: Sing us a song, youre the piano man Sing us a song tonight Well, were all in the mood for a melody And youve got us feelin alright
Now john at the bar is a friend of mine He gets me my drinks for free And hes quick with a joke or to light up your smoke But theres someplace that hed rather be He says, bill, I believe this is killing me. As the smile ran away from his face Well Im sure that I could be a movie star If I could get out of this place
Oh, la la la, de de da La la, de de da da da
Now paul is a real estate novelist Who never had time for a wife And hes talkin with davy whos still in the navy And probably will be for life
And the waitress is practicing politics As the businessmen slowly get stoned Yes, theyre sharing a drink they call loneliness But its better than drinkin alone
Its a pretty good crowd for a saturday And the manager gives me a smile cause he knows that its me theyve been comin to see To forget about life for a while And the piano, it sounds like a carnival And the microphone smells like a beer And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar And say, man, what are you doin here?
I've just learned this from one of my free songpond tutorials because I found it there first. I've only just learned the song so I'm still strugling with some of the chords. However it's a good one to practice because it improves your hand skills.
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