Dedicated to the Big Apple.
(My new yoga class professor asked each of us to write down a significant fact about ourselves so she could remember us easier. A classmate said that his “true passion is music”, and that he likes all genres. Not two days later he was bashing the yoga music our professor pre-ordered for class. This nauseated me. First, why do people blatantly lie about what music they listen to? It’s okay to tell people you dislike this or that. Second, I feel that people who truly consider music a passion can find a time and place to appreciate each different tune. I am not partial to Beyonce’s “Halo”, but in a yoga warm-up setting it fit well. )
Back to the radio…
I’ve been hearing Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind” just about each time I got a shower in the past few days. As popular as this song is, I actually enjoy it quite a bit. I’ve always loved Alicia Keys and still love her first album A LOT. Jay-Z is somewhat of a pioneer and trendsetter, and without him there would be no Kanye West.
“Empire State of Mind” made me think of “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel, a close counterpart if you will.
“Empire State of Mind” (2009) excerpt:
I’m the new Sinatra,
And since I made it here
I can make it anywhere.
This song represents that feeling I get when I visit New York. That city is electric and can make one feel invincible, able to conquer anything. It’s a great feeling, and I love the collaboration between these two artists: rap and a piano, how ideal.
“New York State of Mind” (1975) excerpt:
Don’t care if it’s Chinatown or on Riverside.
I don’t have any reasons,
I’ve left them all behind.
I’m in a New York state of mind.
I have known this song for a very long time. It’s on Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and I was probably about eight years old when I registered Billy Joel into my knowledge box. This song is bluesy, jazzy, sexy, and mournful all at the same time. It’s about relaxing and realizing where your heart is.