I think I'm in love

He's a local guy, born in the Bronx to a German Jewish immigrant father who fled the Nazis for a better life in America, and an American Jewish mother whose family hailed from England.  He was raised here on Long Island, in Hicksville.    He's been quite successful in his professional life, but he never forgot where he comes from.

For awhile he used the name William Martin, but you might know him better as Billy Joel.

Anyone who knows me knows that i have been a Billy Joel fan since at least 1977 -- The Stranger dominated the charts during my junior year in high school -- but what has earned my declaration of undying love?

Yes, Billy Joel, apolitical Billy Joel, made a simple but very profound statement during his Madison Square Garden concert on August 21, 2017.

Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe were compelled to wear yellow stars to signify their faith and culture during the Holocaust.  

When Fox News asked Joel’s spokeswoman Tuesday about his attire, she wrote: “Billy Joel’s comment is this — a quote from Edmund Burke: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’”   

The message is clear.  Not here.  Not now.  Never again.


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