House Passes Climate Action Now Act | HR9

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | May 4, 2019) –  The Climate Action Now Act (HR9) was passed by the House on Thursday May 2, 2019. Very encouraging event in the midst of a tumultuous week of shock and disappointment related to the William Barr Hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This is the first climate crisis legislation to pass the Congress “in nearly ten years,” according to Bill sponsor Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL). HR9 will keep the US commitment outlined in the Paris Agreement, to reduce carbon emissions in the United State by 26-28% by 2025. HR9 prevents the Trump Administration from leaving the Paris Agreement. There’s a bipartisan group of 23 governors, nearly 300 cities, and 2,000 businesses who have all pledged a commitment to stay in the Paris Agreement. The US House of Representatives has now been added to this list.

HR9: To direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and for other purposes.

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HR9 gives the President 120 days to submit the United States Climate Action plan to assigned congressional committees as well as to the American people.

  • House Committees: Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce
  • Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Energy and Natural Resources

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Despite the Trump Administration announcing it was pulling out of the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017, the United States went of to reduce carbon emissions by 42 million tons in 2017 the largest reduction by any one country on the globe. Our massive landmass and population can successfully tip the carbon scale. If we can stay committed on a daily basis to do everything in our power to cut carbon – all those very small everyday choices: recycle, reusable bags for all shopping not just grocery shopping, LED lights, tighten faucets after using so no dripping, plant a tree with family and friends once a month, walk more drive less, solar energy – it will become so engrained in our way of life, it won’t feel like extra effort.

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We can do this! Let’s go for a carbon reduction goal of 100 million tons in 2019. Next step for HR9 to become law, is passing the Senate.

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Barr Provided Tangible Proof He Knows Trump’s an Illegitimate President

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis| May 2, 2019) –  Attorney General William Barr’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Mueller Report was so disturbing in its bias and lack of objectivity, that it undermines the pillars of our judicial system and the American Rule of Law. Barr’s arrogance and defiance, indicating that he, like the president, does not have to live or play by the rules, felt like an attack at the heart of America.

Senator Lindsey Graham, was equally as brazen, leaving millions around the country extremely concerned about the stability of our government. The most unsettling acknowledgement that both leaders made during the hearing, was that neither had fully read the underlying evidence on which Mueller based his conclusions. Why would Attorney General Barr publicly admit to Senator Harris that he hadn’t read the underlying evidence? This makes no sense. Especially in light of the fact that there were numerous questions that Barr just flat out refused to answer, for example Senator Harris’s first question:

  • Senator Harris: “Has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?”
  • Barr: “I don’t know.”

So then how do we interpret such an egregious error on the part of our Attorney General? Well, honestly, there can be only one interpretation of Barr’s outright admittance to not reviewing the massive mountain of evidence in Mueller’s Report. Barr clearly did not want to own what the evidence reveals, for it forces one to act, particularly someone in his position.

The Mueller Report evidence proves irrefutably that Russia succeeded with their plan to install Trump into the Oval Office. If the US Attorney General admits to not reading and absorbing this alarming fact, then he can willy will pretend that it’s not true. And if he alerts the American public that he hasn’t read the evidence, after millions in the public reading every last word in the Mueller Report, Barr can plead forgiveness for not taking action to address this frightening reality.

Barr needs to be impeached forthwith.

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Wait, How About Trump Collusion with Russian Oligarchs?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | May 1, 2019) –  Attorney General William Barr’s Hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, presented himself as uninformed, out of touch and severely biased. It was a very sad day for American justice.

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The Mueller Report. The scope of Robert Mueller’s Investigation was as follows:

  • “Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election”
  • “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
  • “any matters that arose or may arise directly from investigation; and
  • “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a)

Russian interference was extensive and pervasive. The staggering number of details in Mueller’s report have so much meat, that by the end readers can easily conclude that Trump is an illegitimate president. Further, Trump has acted like he knows he’s an illegitimate president ever since his inauguration.

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Links and/or coordination with Russian government. It seems that the operative word here is Russian “government.” What definition did Mueller and his team use when investigating the Russian government? The assumption is that Mueller’s Team went by the official definition of the Russian government:

  • Prime Minister
  • Deputy prime ministers
  • Federal ministers

The list of government officials is very straight forward. These are highly visible politicians. I can understand why Mueller didn’t find any evidence connecting Trump and his campaign to conspiring with Russian government officials. But did Mueller find evidence connecting Trump and his campaign to oligarchs, business professionals, and influential Russian citizens? It’s highly probable Mueller did. Was Mueller able to investigate these connections, or was it considered out of scope? Were these lower level Russians associated in anyway to the Russian government? So many questions still unanswered. If Mueller’s Report is narrow in scope, only addressing what Rosenstein stated in his original order, then Mueller’s summary makes sense, and seemingly Trump will be blindsided On November 3, 2020 when he leaves office.

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But this troublesome void of not knowing whether or not Mueller’s summary was based solely on Trump and his campaign’s conspiring with Russian politicians, versus oligarchs and business professionals and other Russians, leaves many in the public feeling unsettled. Hopefully we’ll learn the answer to this sooner rather than later.

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Does Mueller Report Confirm Trump is Illegitimate?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | April 30, 2019) –  There’s a very dark cloud hanging over the White House following the release of the Mueller Report. The extensive evidence outlined in Volume 1, the Russian Influence Campaign section of the reportis so dense, despite the large blacked out gaps, that halfway through it becomes clear that Trump is an illegitimate president.

Beginning in 2014, Russia became fixated on influencing our 2016 presidential election. Mueller has outlined the Russian plan of attack in a very systematic fashion, lining up all the dots of evidence very neatly, and in so doing proving that Russia was intent of installing a candidate who’d be open to accommodating Russia’s needs and wishes. They believed Trump was this man. Success. And now that we can see the boundless Russian efforts outlined, it doesn’t actually matter if Trump or his campaign colluded. Russia’s influence campaign worked. Period. And we’ve been suffering the consequences ever since.

The massive Russian Influence Campaign:

  • Russian “Active Measures” Social Media Campaign
    • Structure of the Internet Research Agency (IRA)
    • Funding & oversight from Concord & Prigozhin
    • The IRA targets US elections
      • The IRA Ramps Up U.S. Operations as Early as 2014
      • U.S. Operations Through IRA-Controlled Social Media Accounts
      • U.S. Operations through Facebook
      • U.S. Operations through Twitter
        • Individual Twitter Accounts
        • IRA Botnet Activities
      • U.S. Operations involving Political Rallies
      • Targeting and Recruitment of U.S. Persons
      • Interactions and Contacts with the Trump Campaign
      • Trump Campaign Promotion of IRA Political Materials
      • Contact with Trump Campaign Officials in Connection to rallies
  • Russian Hacking and Dumping Operations
    • GRU Hacking Directed at the Clinton Campaign
      • 5 sub headings
    • Dissemination of the Hacked Materials
      • 7 sub headings
    • Additional GRU Cyber Operations
      • 2 sub headings
    • Trump Campaign and the Dissemination of Hacked Materials
      • 9 sub headings
  • Russian Government Links to and Contacts with the Trump Campaign
    • Campaign Period (September 2015 – November 8, 2016)
      • 51 sub headings (extremely disturbing)
    • Post-Election and Transition Period Contacts
      • 18 sub headings

With Trump now refusing to comply with House Investigations, in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, on the heels of Mueller’s big reveal, it appears we’re a government in crisis. The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees have a plan. They need the support of the American people. The key to understanding the depth and breadth of this crisis is reading the Mueller Report.

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Time to Pass Legislation Limiting Acting Secretaries

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | April 29, 2019) –  President Trump’s strategy of utilizing acting secretaries instead of permanent secretaries is in direct conflict with the US Constitution and has reeked havoc on the soundness of our United States federal government. Our national security has been undermined, our checks & balances have been disrupted, our divisive President is now almost completely unfiltered, and our overall well-being has been severely compromised.

The following is a list of the US Cabinet positions:

  • Vice President  – Mike Pence
  • Secretary of State – Mike Pompeo
  • Secretary of the Treasury – Steven Mnuchin
  • Secretary of Defense – Patrick M. Shanahan (ACTING, effective January 1, 2019)
  • United States Attorney General– William Barr
  • Secretary of the Interior – David Bernhardt 
  • Secretary of Agriculture – Sonny Perdue
  • Secretary of Commerce – Wilbur Ross
  • Secretary of Labor – Alex Acosta
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services – Alex Azar
  • Secretary of Housing and Human Development – Ben Carson
  • Secretary of Transportation – Elaine Chao
  • Secretary of Energy – Rick Perry 
  • Secretary of Education – Betsy DeVos
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Robert Wilkie
  • Secretary of Homeland SecurityKevin McAleenan (ACTING, effective April 11, 2019) 
  • White House Chief of Staff – Mick Mulvaney, (ACTING, effective January 2, 2019)
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Mick Mulvaney
  • Director of National Intelligence – Dan Coates
  • Director of CIA – Gina Haspel
  • Administrator of the EPA – Andrew Wheeler
  • US Trade Representative – Robert Lighthizer
  • US Mission to the United NationsJonathan Cohen (ACTING, effective January 1, 2019)rs – Kevin Hassett
  • Head of SBAChris Pilkerton  (ACTING, effective April 13, 2019)

There’s been much debate about why Trump is allowing so many gaping holes in our country’s leadership. It’s very difficult to comprehend. We have a staggering population of more than 328 million. A massive landmass. And a myriad of intense challenges to overcome. Leaving vitally important positions unfilled is irresponsible and begs the question, is Trump unfit for office? Several of these Cabinet posts are the most critical in our country. It’s time to bring this matter to conclusion by passing legislation that limits the acting status to 90 days, as well as allowing no more than two acting cabinet members at the same time, or something to this effect.

It appears Trump’s strategy of maintaining acting secretaries rather than nominate premanent secretaries is for several strategic purposes:

  • Acting Secretaries don’t challenge Trump’s decision making, which Trump feels gives him more flexibility (and power, making him that much more authoritative)
  • They’re more likely to follow orders, even if Trump’s orders are against the law
  • They don’t demand bringing in their own team to assist
  • Trump doesn’t have to worry as much about the 25th Amendment
  • Several of the acting secretaries haven’t been confirmed by congress, but are still making critical decisions that impact the American public

CALL TO ACTION. Tell Congress that it’s imperative they pass legislation to minimize the use of acting secretaries.

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NRA | Destruction from Within

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | April 28, 2019) –  During the Age of Enlightenmentfollowing the Dark Ages, when scholars and philosophers around the globe were desperately trying to figure out what was true, what the facts were, they began relying on the scientific method to discover truth. Francis Bacon created this “New [Scientific] Method‘ – an updated iteration of Aristotle’s “demonstration method” – in 1620. The scientific method is just as valuable and vital today in verifying what’s true as it was 400 years ago.

What is the Scientific Method:

  • Make an observation
  • Ask questions
  • Form a hypothesis
  • Test the hypothesis, and revise as needed; then retest the updated hypothesis
  • Draw a conclusion

In dealing with our President’s aversion to facts, deciphering what’s true is tricky. Factor in the lies and delusions of Trump’s inner circle and GOP supporters, and it becomes a quagmire.

Thankfully, everything in Trump’s twisted reality rests on twisted hypotheses. Both are provable using the scientific method. Becoming proficient in highlighting the flawed hypotheses, makes it much easier to throw away the entire argument.

Take for example, guest speaker Chris Cox introducing Trump at the annual NRA Convention on April 26, 2019:

“Has any president in American history ever needed the job less? (Yes. MOST of the presidents in American history have needed the jobs less. Trump is the one who needed it the most. It was his desperate attempt to ward off a 7th bankruptcy.) Think about it. He spent 70 years of his life becoming one of the most successful businessmen ever. (False. Trump’s willingness to “die on this hill” by refusing to turn over his tax returns, leads the public to believe that his success is in dispute. What does “success” mean anyway? Financial achievement? But if Trump’s fortune, or lack there of, was accomplished by breaking the law and committing crimes, is that success?) And not one second of those 70 years was spent as a politician. (Irrelevant.) These are supposed to be the years where he relaxes and enjoys the fruits of is hard work and success. (There are no fruits. That’s the point. This presidency was his Hail Mary Pass to keep the Trump Organization afloat.) But he gave that up for his country. (False. He didn’t give it up, and it wasn’t for his country.) And what does he get for that sacrifice? An absolutely unprecedented and savage onslaught of despicable attacks. They’re trying to destroy his reputation and even his family. And they’re willing to say and do anything it takes to make his life a living hell. (Terrifying that NRA is making this false assertion at a huge NRA event filled with White Nationalists who have declared ‘Civil War’ on all those who oppose Trump.)”

So, here we have a massive NRA event, filled with extremists, who are wrongly fed propaganda, which seems highly probable will compel them to feel it their patriotic duty to attack those who oppose Trump and who are “making his life a living hell.”

There must be a point where all these false statements with ill intent are criminal. With this fantasized introduction, followed by Trump’s continuation of warped reality, it seems clear that Trump and the NRA have crossed into criminal territory and that by doing so, they’ve fueled the domestic extremism that incites so much violence. And now, as if to prove the point, a domestic extremist has opened fire at a synagog on Passover in Poway, CA killing 1 and wounding 3, this less than 24 hours after the disturbing NRA whitewash.

The silver lining out all this darkness, is that the NRA is imploding, suffering a $64 million loss for combined 2016 & 2017 tax year. Members have fled following the link of Russia funneling money to political campaigns through the NRA. Building an organization on sand, on false hypotheses, only has one possible outcome when the thrashing storm finally rolls in.

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The Human Condition, An Ancient Heart | Billy Joel

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | April 27, 2019) –  It was a spring Friday night in New York City at Madison Square Garden for a SOLD OUT concert. I just so happened to luck into prized dream seat. The evening promised to be one of the top experiences of American life. Just before entering MSG, I had the bright idea to stop in at Macy’s across the street on 7th Ave and have my eyes enhanced by a makeup artist. It seemed appropriate following the good fortune of finagling a 3rd row seat in section 109. I was hoping for a “glamour look” to match the event.

“You want ‘smokey eyes,'” Jessica said. “Yes, smokey eyes,” I replied. She busied herself with collecting her tools. “I recommend this color palette,” she continued, pointing to a collection of twelve bronze shades. I assessed her display, furrowed my brow, and inquired if she was sure it was the preferred choice of the two options. “Yes, for your skin, this will be best.” I didn’t necessarily agree. I had always used a palette similar to the other, although I guess the reason I was there in the first place was because I hadn’t been successful at creating the right look. I decided to be bold and trust her instinct. “Okay, you know best.”

While Jessica worked her magic, I asked for instruction, determined to learn the tricks so I could do it myself. Step-by-step she explained the process. The strength of the pigment, the math behind diffusing. Three taps of one color, one tap of another, another tap of the first, a second tap of the second. The importance of which brush to use for which strokes. “Did you learn all this in school?” I asked. Jessica shook her head. “I taught myself. I can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars for school. I’ve been doing makeup since I was five years old.”

And so it went for twenty minutes. Jessica’s artistry. Jessica’s instructions. My questions about Jessica and her family. What I marveled the most about Jessica was how real she was. A direct question from me, a straight answer from her. How refreshing. How rare. No mask on Jessica, the makeup artist who’s a pro at creating masks. Two daughters, one was 11, the other 4. She’d married Giovanni who used to work at Macy’s, too. Their 4 year old, Gia, was sassy, Jessica assured me rolling her eyes. “I love that name,” I said. “It’s unique.” Jessica agreed and explained how it was derived from her husband’s name. “I told my husband, no more children. He said okay, but we had to find a way to name our daughter using his name. So, Gia.”

“Do stars come in and have you do their eyes before they head over to Madison Square Garden?” I inquired. Jessica laughed. “I wish. That would be a dream come true.” She lamented about how she wished she would be discovered. She loved Macy’s, and was thankful she could work the late shift so she could be at home with her daughters in the morning, getting them ready for school. But they lived in Brooklyn. Some nights she had to work as late as 11:00 PM and then make it home across the city. It was a struggle. I could clearly see that Jessica, like millions of others, myself included, had a long series of never ending challenges. What seemed to keep her spirit afloat though was her personal dream of “one day”… maybe one day the unexpected would happen and her grueling schedule would change.

Indeed. I was stunned by Jessica’s artistic expression, and command thereof. All self taught. Years of experience. Pleasant and direct. Such a delightful to work with. Thomas Jefferson would have been so proud (I explained to Jessica). After all, Jefferson was an advocate for teaching oneself new skills, and acquiring knowledge on our own. Jefferson devised a simple plan for executing self-education that he shared with future generations. Jefferson did have an excellent formal education, but he went on to become a self-taught Renaissance man.

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So how does Billy Joel sell out Madison Square Garden for 69 straight months, the most recent performance on Friday April 12, 2019? Nearly six straight years of booked monthly concerts, 26 years after his last pop album was released. This sensation seems to defy the laws of gravity. Paradoxically no less, Joel mistakenly predicted back at the beginning, 1974, that he “knows the game, you’ll forget my name and I won’t be here in another year if I don’t stay on the charts.”

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So then what’s the science behind Billy Joel’s everlasting mojo? This stunning feat seems virtually impossible if you stop and think about it. Which I of course did, for a couple of days now. After much reflection, I’ve come up with an hypothesis: there’s sceince behind the phenomenon.

Clearly, sound is one of the most significant factors in Billy Joel’s longevity. For music itself, a collection of unique vibrations and rhythms produced by various types of instruments, create an emotional impact when layered and mixed the right way. Take “Prelude/Angry Young Man” for example, or “Two Thousand Years.” The forceful, expansive range and sequence of sounds, multiple layers of fluctuations and octaves, take listeners on emotional roller-coasters that are quite electrifying. Psychology today explained that “Music is what feelings sounds like.” The ancient Greek philosophers, Pythagoras specifically, professed that music has a “mathematical relationship with the cosmos.” Music does seem to tap into a higher power. A universal energy that connects us all. Quantum physics and music. Pythagoras’s quantum harmonies. The tie-in between music and physics is a scientific reality, that quantifies the tangible impact music has on our psyche. We’re subliminally aware of this when we replay favorite songs that cheer us when we’re blue, or motivate us when we’re exercising, and liberate us on a Friday night at Madison Square Garden for that matter. So yes, a substantial element of Billy Joel’s enduring fame is his manipulation and mastery of sound for emotional effect.

The Words. Billy Joel revealed to a New York City night school class in July, 1983 that he first writes the music, then the title, and finally the lyrics, emphasizing that words don’t necessarily matter since many fans get it wrong without ever realizing those aren’t the lyrics. He shared several hilarious examples. Here’s a list of the top 40 misheard song lyrics. Interestingly, there aren’t any Billy Joel lyrics mentioned here.

Words of course do matter. The pen is mightier than the sword, as they say. And words are another critical component of Billy Joel’s long-lasting fan-span. His words continue to resonate with the majority. His repeated use of the word “soul” in so many of his top hits, as well as a myriad of his less notable works, are what many listeners bond with. For how many of us run and hide in this dark chambers of our inner beings when we’re suffering or challenged? Billy Joel seems to reveal that the deepest recesses of the human soul is the sacred spot where he churns out his most charged inspirations. Writing from this sapience is much more difficult than it appears. In order to reach the hidden canyons of our inner beings, one has to be willing and able to dive that far. This requires awareness and humility as well as an abundance of angst, pain and suffering. The turbulent river of the human condition runs through each of us. For several decades Billy Joel seemed willing to battle the vexing currents to reach the calmer, deep layer of the sea, the spot where one can access the cosmos. Truth itself. Does he remember how he got there? Will he be able to return? I sure hope so.

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Billy Joel’s ability to create unforgettable images using choice words, as well as his innate gift of weaving product brands (Chevrolet, Sears, Sesame Street, Parkway Diner), idioms, and poignant details of a particular moment in American culture have created decades of snapshots that belong in the Smithsonian American History Museum on National Mall in DC. We all appreciate the imagery as well as the time machine effect that this has on listeners, immediately transporting us back to another era.

The personal stories. Billy Joel’s ability to convey a powerful insight about the human condition by sharing a personal story, enables listeners to identify with a particular plight or circumstance, a technique used by journalists to elicit reader engagement with the importance and/or severity of an issue. Was Billy Joel trained on how to do this? Or is it innate? Did journalists learn from Billy Joel or did Billy Joel learn from them? He makes this look easy, using numerous first names (Brenda & Eddie, Davie, Paul, and so many others) along with a handful of poetic lines, combined with potent sound effects, to paint a vivid indelible picture.

For twenty plus years of song writing, Billy Joel followed through with keeping the faith.  So it doesn’t really seem plausible that he doesn’t have any more rock-and-roll in him. On Friday night he sure did sound, and act, forever young, making it that much more confusing about why there are no more words.

Can we use science to predict the future? The human condition. An ancient heart. Quantum harmonies. Are these clues that hint that Billy Joel likely has a stash of hits buried at the bottom of the hidden caves of his soul? How do we pry these out of him? On the brink of turning 70, Billy Joel seems to be an unfinished story. With a voice so young and strong, and seemingly endless sold out shows, what gives? He’s surely composed enough musical scores across these past 26 years since his last album River of Dreams was released. Does he believe he has less words of wisdom to share at 70 than he did at 44? While watching Billy Joel in concert, it dawned on me that music can cure what ails us. An ancient heart that can tap the cosmos through quantum harmonies, and reveal many of the secrets that bind us all together… all generations, all political affiliations, and all ethnic backgrounds. The human condition is what we all have in common. There’s no escaping the cosmos. It’s the connection between every last one of us on earth. Truth never changes. Truth cannot be warped by time, nor hidden forever by darkness.

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In keeping with what Billy Joel said way back when, that his song writing process begins with composing the music, then coming up with the title, before penning the lyrics, is he just stuck on an album title? Or is it the song titles? Maybe it’s more than that. Has he truly lost his way to the inner recesses of his soul? Maybe we can kick him into gear by thinking up an album title as his birthday gift? One certainly popped into mind after leaving the concert Friday night.

Happy 70th Birthday a few weeks early, Billy Joel! I hope this isn’t too much “Pressure.”

GETTING CLOSER: I went searching for the truth, But in my innocence I found, All the con men and their acrobats, Who stomped me in the ground, If I count up their percentages, I know they’re getting rich, But they haven’t taken everything, Those paybacks are a bitch.

Though I’ve lost quite a lot, I am still in control, They can keep what they’ve got, But they can’t have my soul, And if I don’t have this all worked out, Still I’m getting closer, getting closer, I still have far to go no doubt, But I’m getting closer, getting closer.

What was ripped off by professionals, Is not all that it seems, While I must live up to contracts, I did not give up my dreams, If I see it as experience, It hasn’t gone to waste, Lately all the missing pieces, Have been falling into place.

And if I could go back and start over somehow, I would not change that much, Knowing what I know now, Though there have been sins I will regret, Still I’m getting closer, getting closer, I don’t have all the answers yet, But I’m getting closer, getting closer.

I’m a mark for every shyster, From Topanga to Berlin, And I should have learned to kick them out, As soon as they crawled in, So to every bank in Switzerland, that stores my stolen youth, I’m alright because despite the laws, You cannot hide the truth.

And although you will say, I am still too naive, But I have not lost faith, In the things I believe, And if I don’t have this all worked out, Still I’m getting closer, getting closer, I still have far to go no doubt, But I’m getting closer, getting closer.

~Billy Joel, 1986

After a very, very long journey of getting closer, is Billy Joel ready for his “second wind” of lyrics writing? Speaking with Jessica before the Billy Joel concert on April 12th, and learning of her simple dream of not having to schlep across Manhattan at 11:30 PM, made me realize how clear it is that every one of us has a dream of some kind. Some dreams are bigger than others. But a dream is a dream. It’s motivation. Inspiration. A carrot. A cure. I’m surprised Billy Joel’s “Everybody Has a Dream” (released in 1977) never got much air time. I consider it one of those timeless masterpieces. Straight from the cosmos. A core sentiment in the heart of every one on earth. So, on the eve of Billy Joel’s 70th birthday, I can’t help but believe these raging conflicts across the country would be possible to overcome if we had a few new Billy Joel albums to help us vent together in concert like one big, giant American family.

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