Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
I listened to Billy Joel's album River of Dreams a…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
I listened to Billy Joel's album River of Dreams a hundred times when I was younger. I listened again today while driving Nandini and me back to Berkeley. Some of the devices I liked now make me wince (if you've heard Two Thousand Years you know what I mean), but No Man's Land still hits me hard, despite the rambling ending. The music stays where it's supposed to and complements the bitter, bitter lyrics, which probably inspired me to hate LA and all sprawl.
Check out the host page for those lyrics -- hey John, she has a B5 quote supporting space habitats! -- and Poetic Devices Illustrated Through Billy Joel. "Hopefully, through Billy Joel's brilliant lyrics, you now have a better grasp of basic poetic and literary devices."