As 2017 dawns, an iconic artist with deep roots in classical music takes you inside the lyrics and music of song with a prophetic vision.
Billy Joel is the living definition of "superstar" in rock and pop music. But his mega-hit songs are rooted in the qualities of classical music, especially melody.
In a conversation with WCRB's Tony Rudel, he describes the way a single melodic idea led to a song that, 40 years after its release, seems to speak to our time with uncanny accuracy.
Hear the entire conversation about "Miami 2017" on WCRB's podcast, The Answered Question: