The restaurant would eventually go on to inspire the setting of " Scenes from an Italian Restaurant ", a song on The Stranger. According to Joel, Ramone expressed an appreciation for Joel's band and their energy, and understood the reasoning behind Joel's attitude towards recording, which ultimately led him to choose Ramone as the producer for his next album.
The recording sessions for The Stranger , described by Joel as "a blast" to be a part of,  took place across the short span of three weeks in between July and August The songs were all recorded with Joel alongside his band which he had formed while touring, in addition to various other musicians who were brought into the studio for specific songs.
The opening song, " Movin' Out Anthony's Song ," centers around Anthony, a grocery-store employee from Long Island who "dreams of making it big," receiving pressure from his family to move out and go his own way. Not wanting to waste all of the words he had come up with, Joel rewrote the song, coming up with a new melody that fit with the lyrics. Ramone told Joel that the whistling he did was perfect, and thus it was kept in the final recording.
After hearing the beat, he thought that the rhythm would be nice to fool around with, and wrote the song shortly afterwards. He stated on a SiriusXM broadcast in that the melody came to him in a dream while he was working on The Stranger. He forgot about the melody shortly afterwards, but it came back to him while he was in a business meeting. Ramone disagreed, and brought Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow into the studio to prove that it was worth including.
Upon hearing the song, the two artists both praised it, thus convincing him to feature the song. The song " Vienna ", which opens up the album's b-side, got inspiration from Joel's trip to Vienna , Austria , where he went a few years after starting his career in musicianship to visit his father. While there, he found that Austrians had a vastly different outlook on life than the one he was familiar with in America.
As he recalls, Joel had this realization after taking notice of an old woman sweeping out on the city streets, telling his father that he pitied the woman for having to do such a menial and unimportant task; Joel's father responded by lamenting that the woman was giving herself a sense of worth by doing a service that helped everyone rather than "sitting at home wasting away.
According to Joel, he saw Davis looking at him while he was playing in his high school band, The Echoes, which was the event that had him "completely hooked" to the prospect of being a musician. The mood of the song was shifted at the insistence of drummer Liberty DeVitto, who reportedly said to Joel "Why are you singing like that?
The song closes the album out with a reprise of the whistled theme from "The Stranger. The Stranger spent 17 weeks in varying positions within Billboard chart's top 10 albums, first entering the bottom position on January 21, around four months after its initial release. A month later, on February 18, the album reached its peak position at number 2 on the chart — only kept from the top spot by the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever — and remained there for six more weeks.
The second single from the album, "Just The Way You Are," peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot chart,  having received a boost in popularity following Joel's performance of the song on an episode of Saturday Night Live. While "Movin' Out Anthony's Song " was the first single released for the album, radio stations put little attention towards it, instead expressing interest in "Just the Way You Are"; thus, the latter song was released just six weeks following the debut of "Movin' Out", after which it achieved far larger success.
The single for "Movin' Out" was later rereleased, after which it achieved higher success and ultimately became a hit. The controversy helped raise the song's popularity, particularly among rebellious youth according to Joel, and the single thus fared much better as a result, ultimately peaking at number 24 in the US singles chart. The Stranger was well-received by critics, particularly in retrospect, with many considering it to display some of Joel's best written material.
The Rolling Stone considered The Stranger to be an improvement from Joel's previous studio efforts, praising Ramone's production and the variety of different song types. As his breakthrough album, The Stranger kicked off a long string of successful albums, which he would release until 's River of Dreams. Ramone would also continue to act as Joel's producer for a number of years, working with him on every one of his albums up through 's The Bridge.
The play ran successfully on Broadway for three years, holding its final performance on December 15, after a total of 1, performances. Many of the songs from the album went on to become staples in Joel's repertoire. Though never released as a single, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a staple of his set of live shows, named by Rolling Stone ' s Rob Sheffield as his equivalent to Bruce Springsteen 's " Jungleland ".
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What did I not see? How could I have let this happen to my friend? How could I have prevented this? For different reasons, Talinda similarly found herself reevaluating what she knew about her husband in the months after his death. I was just, like, thrown to the floor. It just would have been more chaos, and he would have felt shame and gone out to drink anyways. That time in my life plays over again and again in my head.
Those memories pushed her to look into suicide prevention organizations, which led her to form her own, Changes Direction. With her organization, which will be holding a music festival to raise mental-health awareness in L. She says she wishes now that she had been aware of some of the organizations already out there that she could have turned to for advice.
If I knew of any of these numbers to call — I now know so many of them off the top of my head — I could have called somebody and asked them for advice or found out what to do. Chester was very interested in doing this after [his commitments to] Linkin Park.This album Da Da is an AMAZING album,and i love it to death (though it is an album of real life). I think this is certainly on of the best of his "solo albums". Heard it first in good ol' and hit the floor when I heard the intro song, and I'm laying there still/5().