“No Fun”: Billy Joel Explains Why It Took Him Over 17 Years To Release New Music

Billy Joel has finally revealed why it took him almost two decades to release his latest single, ‘Turn the Lights Back On’. Speaking with his co-writer, Freddy Wexler, who has worked with A-listers like Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Selena Gomez, Joel made it clear that he had lost interest in writing new music and did not find it enjoyable for almost 20 years.

Despite numerous attempts by others to get him back into the studio to create new music over the past 17 years, Joel always refused. However, two years ago, when he heard what Wexler was working on, he felt his passion for songwriting reignite. Joel asserted that the melody, chords, chord progression, and even the time signature immediately caught his attention, and that’s how he relates to music.

.Joel said to Wexler:

“It was fun. Music is fun. Rock n’ roll was fun. It was all about having fun — and I kind of lost that and I turned the lights off because it wasn’t fun anymore.”

“I studiously avoided it because songwriting had become painful. I have this high bar. I said to myself, ‘If I don’t reach that bar, I beat myself up and I punched myself and I hate myself.’ So, I stopped doing it because I got tired of feeling like that.”

“This particular lyric in this song, I’ve had these thoughts, I could have written these lyrics verbatim. I’ve chewed on these words and I’ve thought of these words, and I’ve said these words before. It was all kind of falling into place — and who am I to fight that?”

Billy Joel’s new song ‘Turn the Lights Back On’ is his first release in 17 years. The song is a love letter to his fans and marks his return to the Grammy Awards after 22 years. Joel will perform alongside other artists such as Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Travis Scott. The ceremony will be held on February 4th at the Arena in Los Angeles.

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