He was really on the Hudson River line, on his way home to Highland Falls, New York, when he began composing the song in a notepad. He proceeded to the keyboard as soon as he came home and finished the text and lyrics in about an hour. The melody came naturally to him.
Billy Joel is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, with more than 60 million records sold worldwide. He's also one of the most requested musicians for television shows and film scores.
His songs have been covered by many other artists, including Elton John, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, and Barbra Streisand.
Joel wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on his first six albums. His seventh album, 52 Songs, featured songs written by several different people. His latest album, 50th Anniversary, features one song each from Joel and his wife Christie Brinkley.
He has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated a total of 11 times.
Joel says that his favorite song to perform is "My Favorite Song". He claims that anyone who hears it thinks it's their favorite song too.
He knows this because everyone asks him to play it at their wedding or funeral.
His experience in the Yukon had convinced him he had stories he could tell. In 1899, he began publishing stories in the Overland Monthly. The experience of writing and getting published greatly disciplined London as a writer. From that time forward, London made it a practice to write at least a thousand words a day.
He also learned how to sell himself. He sent out dozens of manuscripts, sometimes as many as ten a week. Some publishers rejected his work twice before finally accepting it. But London didn't give up; he continued sending out material until he succeeded in selling a story.
In addition to writing articles and short stories, London worked as a journalist for several newspapers including the Daily News and the Evening Mail. This allowed him to learn about writing styles and trends in journalism and use this knowledge in his own work.
But above all, London's influence can be seen in the nature of the modern adventure story. His is a hard-boiled style of fiction that uses realistic characters and situations to show the difficulty and danger of life in modern society.
Jack London became a famous author because of his ability to describe the harsh reality of life in the gold fields of Alaska while still maintaining a degree of excitement and romance around these events. His books are still read by people around the world who want to get away from it all and live out their own private versions of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kerouac sat down at his typewriter, fueled by inspiration, caffeine, and Benzedrine, and produced the novel that would make him the voice of his generation in just 20 days, typing it all on a single, 120-foot-long scroll. He stopped to rest, eat, drink coffee, and take drugs every night and morning until he was finished.
His method was called "road writing" and it consisted mainly of going out into the world with no plan and letting what happened happen. It's believed that much of the book was written while he was on bail waiting for his case to be resolved. Bail was provided by friends or family who would loan him money so he could continue living while he waited for his court date.
During those years off from school, working as a barber, driving a truck, and taking long walks, Kerouac wrote nearly everything by hand on long rolls of paper. He kept these papers with him at all times and continued to add to them on the road. When he had enough material, he'd stop at a bookstore and have people read it to him so he could correct any errors before turning it in. The book that resulted from this process is called "On the Road."
Of course, it's not exactly true that much of the book was written on the road.
It was composed on a Steinway piano in a bedroom at his Ascot mansion, Tittenhurst Park. Yoko Ono stood by while he created the music, chords, and majority of the lyrics, practically finishing the entire song in one quick writing session.
Lennon started working on "Imagine" shortly after he heard Nixon declare his re-election campaign slogan as "I am not a crook." He felt this indicated that people were still thinking about world peace and thought songs could help spread messages about important issues. He also wanted to create a song that would appeal to both adults and children. Imagination was chosen as the title of the album because it was easy to remember and described what everyone is trying to do with their lives: imagine peaceful times and communities where there is love and hope.
Lennon wrote "Imagine" in one sitting, beginning around 2:30 PM and ending nearly three hours later. He then went back and edited the song down to its present length of 3 minutes 40 seconds. Yoko Ono has said that she was not involved in the creation of "Imagine", only helping out with some of the lyric changes. She decided to become more active in the production process after hearing how much money the two had made together selling albums of her artwork.
Lennon first performed "Imagine" on television during an interview with David Frost on October 30, 1971.
Christopher Smart's poetry A Song to David was most likely composed during his incarceration in a psychiatric institute while writing Jubilate Agno. The poem was first published in 1771 along with several other poems by Smart.
In the poem, which is dedicated to George III, Smart expresses his admiration for the king and offers him "the product of my mind / Which has no rival for its worth." He goes on to praise the British nation for its literature and technology, before ending the poem with an apology for not having written anything new since his imprisonment.
The music was probably written by Thomas Clarke, who was also incarcerated at the time for murdering his wife. It is possible that they may have collaborated on the song; however, this cannot be confirmed as nothing more than an idea until evidence emerges one way or another. What is known is that after their release from prison they went their separate ways: Clarke continued to serve as a choir master at Salisbury Cathedral while Smart settled down in London where he took up a job as a tax collector.
As for the song itself, it contains some very unusual features for its time. To begin with, it is in 4/4 time instead of the common 3/4 used by most 18th-century composers.