For Sunday: Billy Joel wants you “Just The Way You Are”

Back in the 1970s, this song used to make me cry. I loved the saxophone solo, and I loved the plaintive tone of Billy’s voice.

Then I learned that he wrote this for his first wife, whom he divorced soon afterward, and that he pretty much hated performing this song.

I don’t care. I still love it.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

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