In January of this year, Vanderbilt University freshman Michael Pollack grasped the opportunity of a lifetime at his college’s “Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music” forum with Billy Joel.
Given the chance to query the music icon, Pollack asked if he could perform “New York State of Mind” with Joel. After Joel agreed, the two took the stage as Pollack accompanied his idol on piano.
Once the performance ended, Joel offered some praise for the young musician: “That’s Michael Pollack. Remember that name. Guy’s got chops!” Not a bad endorsement to have!