Song of the Day: “For the Longest Time”


Billy Joel’s long career has garnered him perhaps more accolades than are possible to enumerate. In 2013, he received a Kennedy Center Honor—the equivalent of the French Legion of Honor or the English Knighthood—after a reception dinner hosted by President Obama and the First Lady. Joel is also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. His 1983 album, An Innocent Man, featured an homage to doo-wop called “For the Longest Time.” The beautiful a capella lifts us right out of our seats with its resonant harmonies and resolution.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →