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Inspired: Sing me a song, Piano Man, to close out 2014

Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Tonight, I’m going to ring in 2015 with Billy Joel, one of my favorite artists. He’s giving a concert in Orlando, and I’ll be spending it listening to him with my sister and brother-in-law, two people who made one of my wildest dreams possible and offered me the opportunity to write full-time.

My cup of life is overflowing with gratitude for the miracles I never saw coming. Billy Joel gets that. His story was improbable—from an oyster fisherman to world-renowned rock star—all because he took huge chances and leaps of faith. When he was down and out, he kept right on playing.

Like me, Billy Joel carries a New York State of Mind everywhere he goes. And though I live in Florida at the moment, the very best aspects of New York City are never far from my mind and heart. They never will be. We believe all things are possible with love and luck and creativity. Sing me a song, Piano Man. I’m in the mood for a (celebratory) melody. Carry me along the River of Dreams in the middle of the night. I’m ready for the journey. Happy New Year!

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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