Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Singalong: Billy Joel "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"


Well, Billy Joel - looks like we finally made it to 2017. We'll see how your 41 year old prediction plays out.

Released in 1976 on Billy Joel's Turnstiles album, the piano man wrote "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" about a New Yorker-turned-Floridian in 2017 reflecting on the dear city they once called home.

In 2001, it was widely viewed as an eerily accurate ballad prophesying the the events of 9/11 and the dark days that followed.

Now with 2017 actually here, the song takes on a different meaning, moving from prophecy to a tribute to a great city that is constantly reinventing itself while struggling to keep its soul in the midst of a dissolving middle-class and artist exodus.

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