Billy Joel “These Are the Times to Remember”
Let’s leave aside for a second the obvious and unassailable fact that Billy Joel is 110 percent the worst of all time and try to judge this song as just a song.
Clearly, it’s terrible. The piano sounds like Yamaha digital keyboard presets and the melody sounds like a country song about patriotism written in the wake of Sept. 11. But beyond all of those clear, obvious truths, it’s a terrible song to play for a graduate for reasons even greater still.
The song’s lyrics are about the need to embrace experiences and memories before time wipes them out. That’s an OK sentiment for adults, but not for teenagers. When you’re graduating from high school, your first priority should be letting go. You are entering a whole different world and no time for love Dr. Jones. This is not a time to remember. It’s a time you someday won’t be able to help but remember. For now, it’s a time to focus on some other crap.
Also, Billy Joel sucks and you’re wrong if you disagree. Thanks!