Billy Joel Gets in a “New York State of Mind” With a Vanderbilt Freshman

Several weeks ago, Billy Joel appeared at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee for “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music.” During the question and answer portion of the program, one brave freshman named Michael Pollack stood up and asked the legend if he could accompany Joel on “New York State of Mind.” Joel said yes, and Pollack came up on the Langford Auditorium stage.

After Joel gave a few suggestions to the student, off they went for a rousing rendition of “New York State of Mind.” Check it out.

Another version of the video is available here and currently on Joel’s website.

Pollack later explained what it was like to be on stage playing with Billy Joel in this InsideVandy Video by Liz Muller. He notes how during the performance he tried to remind himself to enjoy the amazing experience.

What musician would you like to accompany? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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