I grew up in a family of classical musicians, in the kind of household where you were likely to hear only classical music….except by accident.
That pivotal moment: 11 years old, carpooling to ballet class when I heard this foreign music in the car. I begin wildly pointing at the stereo asking, “What is that? What is that?” Once they figured out I wasn’t asking about the stores and such that we were driving by but rather this Top 40 tune streaming into my ears, they told me it was Billy Joel, singing “For The Longest Time.”
I really loved the vocal harmonies, the simple accompaniment of bass and fingers snapping, and the laid-back but steady nature of the song. At the time I didn’t know exactly what it was about the song I was drawn to, but I knew I loved it.