A current freshman at my alma mater, Vanderbilt University, recently attended a campus talk by Billy Joel. Turns out, the freshman, Michael Pollack, like his idol Billy Joel, is also a pianist from Long Island. During the Q&A, the freshman asked Joel if he could accompany him in his favorite Billy Joel song, “A New York State of Mind.” Billy Joel said okay. The rest is magical.
This video has gone viral and you may have seen it, but it’s one of those you can see at least twice (I’m close to double digits). Billy Joel exudes grace and generosity. Pollack’s classmates wildly cheer him on. And Pollack inspires all of us to break through the fear and reach for our dreams. As Billy Joel says at the end of the clip, if you want to make it, you’ve got to take a chance.
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