Vanderbilt piano student shares stage with legendary singer
It must have been some moment for piano student Michael Pollack, as he got to join legend Billy Joel on stage during one of the star’s public appearances.
InsideVandy, the website for Vanderbilt University where Pollack studies, reports that it was a hosting a Q+A with the singer and that Pollack was in attendance. During the Q+A he told Joel that New York State Of Mind was a favorite song of his and asked if he’d possibly be able to play it with him. As Pollack recalls "I walked up, we spoke about the arrangement for about 15 seconds — he just went through what he wanted me to play — and then from there, it was just … foggy. It's hard to remember. I just started playing. I had practiced it a little bit thinking maybe I'd get the chance to go up … I kind of lost myself playing. Then afterward he said to me … he said that I was great, where are you from … and I said, 'I'm a Long Islander just like you.' He was like, 'Cool.' Then I walked off, and that was it … It was probably the greatest moment of my life, up to date."
Billy Joel was at the University giving a Q+A
If this makes Pollack sound a little star struck and in awe then think again, a YouTube video of the incident has been posted and it’s clear that the student is immensely talented. Indeed, Joel recognized it himself, saying "That's Michael Pollack, remember that name. Nice going, Michael! Guy's got chops. ... Good luck to you, Michael. I think you're gonna do fine."