In 1970, three years before his first hit Piano Man, Billy Joel wrote a note and tried to kill himself by drinking a bottle of household cleaner (source).  He recovered, and went on to have 33 Top-40 hits over the next three decades.

Take a minute to consider all the songs we would never have heard if he had succeeded.

Now take a moment to consider all the songs we haven’t heard, because of the people who did.


“One of the first things that impressed me when I went to see the Grateful Dead was that it was the only time in my life I’d seen so many people together with a common energy that didn’t involve an enemy. In sports, you have common energy but you root against the other team. This wasn’t against anything. It was all positive.”  ~Susana Millman