Billy Joel Restarts The Fire

Photos by Myrna Suarez “I notice that when I wake up in the morning, I’m singing something or humming something,” says Billy Joel. “I have something going on in my head – some music, some kind of theme – just about every day.” Though he hasn’t released an album of pop material since River Of Dreams in 1993, Joel has never stopped making music. Seated in the den of his Long Island home, surrounded by souvenirs (from his six Grammy awards to a baseball signed by Reggie Jackson) from a career that has seen him sell more than 150 million records worldwide, he explains that he is regularly writing instrumental motifs, tunes, and sketches; he’s just not worrying about when or how to record any of it, much less what this music might be called. New product or not,  Billy Joel’s visibility never seems to slow down. His Greatest Hits Volume 1&2 collection is the third best-selling album in the United States. Already a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, last year he received the nation’s most prestigious prize for an artist, the Kennedy Center Honors. In March, he and Jimmy…

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