I was given a link to Youtube video where a singer Billy Joel was accompanied by some student, a piano player who spoke up wishing to play for Billy. And Billy agreed. Video has more than 2.5 mln views. The comments and different articles throughout Internet are full of praises and astonishment. Video looks very natural…
So, I said that the video looks very natural… but not to me. What am I missing? I absolutely do NOT believe it was all of a sudden that a guy came up and played so great for a tremendous pleasure of the public. I play piano myself and can say that accompanying a singer is very much harder than improvisation. And the duet was flawless all in all. Even if assuming that Michael knew this song and trained to play it in different keys before days and nights so that he even did not need to look at the notes. But it is still not enough to accompany a singer in the flawless way like it was in the video. Duet needs to practice TOGETHER quite a lot to perform like that. Duet is much about understanding each other. But Michael played like it was a piece of cake to him. He even was not looking at Billy while playing.
But even the above arguments are probably weak because Michael is a talented piano player after all. However, what makes me think that this performance was planned to some extent is the following. I assume that Billy Joel at least knew Michael Pollack (or at least Billy Joel had got some recommendations he trusted) before Michael stood up. Otherwise Billy risked VERY MUCH by letting some random guy accompany him. Just imagine that some other guy in place of Michael was not brilliant with playing (which is very likely). That would be a failure for Billy Joel. What should Billy Joel say in this case when the guy is already on the stage and trying to play piano? Just ‘Sorry bud, let’s stop it. Nothing personal but you are just not the one to play for me today’? That’s what makes me doubt that everything was as real as it pretended to be on this video.
What did I miss to doubt this story? I just don’t get it.
Was I surprised by this show? (I believe it was a planned show although a good one) No, I was not surprised. Almost everything around us is a story. Wrapped nice, but not completely true. Although cool. And very often the stories we see are even without a hint on what the core true is. The core that can destroy the whole story that people want to hear. We are fooled. Am I too pessimistic and not positive?
But I just did not expect that a lot of … no, A LOT OF people take as it is real. Seth Godin is right here. People want to believe in what they want to believe (by the way we discuss this phenomenon here). And people just adore so success stories that shine out and make people almost cry with sincere feelings.
And if you want to see what I truly bust, then read this article (it’s not about music though, but about a foundation of any online business which is hosting).
I will underline that I love Billy Joel and I loved how Michael played. They were great. And their duet was great. And the story that is in the video is so good. Even if I believe it is not true, it is still wonderful. Wonderful show. Not a real case “oh, it just happened for real” after all.
What did I miss that I ended up thinking that it was a planned show? And why do so many people DO believe it was real? I am confused. Bring me to the light. And show me where I am wrong. Thank you.