Billy Joel explains how he wrote 'New York State of Mind,' and what the song means today

At the Jan. 27 kickoff of Billy Joel's franchise run at Madison Square Garden, the concert's most powerful moment begins with a familiar run up and down the keys, as Joel and saxophonist Mark Rivera deliver "New York State of Mind" to some of the evening's most ecstatic roars. Written and recorded for Joel's 1976 album "Turnstiles," the song was never released as a single, but it's long been an anthem for New Yorkers, and one that -- as Joel explains here -- has changed as New York has endured tragedy.

 

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