Let me state, for the record, that I am a Billy Joel fanatic. I have seen “The Piano Man” in concert more times than I have fingers to count. I have purchased every song that he has ever recorded – including his stuff with The Echoes and The Hassles. Heck, I almost named my first daughter “Alexa”, because that’s Joel’s daughter’s name (my wife put a stop to that however).
Needless to say, I am very protective and picky when it comes to Joel covers. So when I heard that some hip-hop artist from Pittsburgh – Mac Miller – covered my second favorite Joel song, “Vienna”, I immediately assumed I would hate it. And I was right.
But then I listened to it again. And again. And again.
It is nothing like the original, and yet, that is what caused me to listen to it multiple times. I’m not sure I am ready to say I like it better than Joel’s, but I do appreciate Mac’s take on it. As for Mr. Miller, he is a self-taught drummer, guitarist, bassist and pianist. Oh yeah, and he started all of that by the age of six.