Motivation Monday: Vienna Waits for You

After you write that one last book. After your newest work gets accepted by the Kenyon Review. Once you hit the bestseller list. When you win that fellowship, or get reviewed by that one critic. After that same critic gave you a scathing review half a decade earlier.

I promise I’m not projecting. 

Here are my thoughts on achieving satisfaction in the writing life, in pictorial and musical form.

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My favorite Billy Joel tune is not a hit single in any way, shape or form. But the message is relatable.

“Vienna”

Slow down you crazy child You’re so ambitious for a juvenile But then if you’re so smart tell me, Why are you still so afraid? (mmmmm)Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day (Ay)

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through (Oooh)
When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)

Too bad, but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right (you’re right)

You got your passion, you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true (Oooh)
When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It’s alright, you can afford to lose a day or two (oooh)
When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through (oooh)
Why don’t you realize… Vienna waits for you?

When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

Annd… This was a rare public performance of “Vienna” at the one Billy Joel concert I’ve ever been to. Notice how he gives the crowd a choice, and for the first time in recorded history, more people voted for “Vienna” over “SUmmer, Highland Falls.” That extra volume was all me, screaming in the fourth row behind home plate at Phillies Stadium.

Happy Monday, writers.