Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Zanzibar ...

The other day, Gord linked to a YouTube of Billy Joel's Allentown and it got me to thinking about Billy (another Long Island boy who grew up not far from me) and his music. I've known the man on and off for thirty years and shared quite a few drinks with him. We see each other a couple times a year now, when he can sneak off for a couple beers in the 'old man bar' across the street from the shop or when I run into him at the dentist's office (we go to the same guy). Gord would love his collection of old motorcycles, especially the Nortons.

I was home on leave from the Air Force when he was writing Goodnight Saigon and we spoke for a while on the experience. He wanted to learn all he could and he talked to every vet he knew. I think his research was complete:

But whenever I think about Billy, or whenver I run into him, one song always comes to mind. Zanzibar.

Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, pardner!

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