The Sunrise Kid – The Ballad of Billy The Kid

A friend of mine once heard Billy Joel playing in an NYC piano bar before he was huge and said the show was amazing.

That’s pretty much how I’d describe Joel’s music from this era. For me, the LPs Piano Man and The Stranger are two classics that will always remain with me.

Not everyone can appreciate the Wild West mythos. But for those of us who grew up with Spaghetti Westerns, well, it’s an important part of pop culture.

Some folks around the world can indeed appreciate a relatively new mythos like the Wild West. But sadly, others are so rooted in their ancient or medieval cultural achievements that they can get a bit arrogant and closed off to anything new. Or new-ish, like the Wild West.

I witnessed this dynamic with a professor who came to Canada from a communist-occupied country. The professor admitted that we had a higher standard of living in Canada but felt that Euro culture was superior.

Being a polite person, I didn’t ask, “If it’s so great back home, why the hell are you living here?”

Well he never traveled heavy
Yes, he always rode alone
And he soon put many older guns to shame
And he never had a sweetheart
And he never had a home
But the cowboy and the rancher knew his name

I just love those lyrics. I might even get them engraved on my tombstone—if I ever get a tombstone, that is.

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