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Earlier this while perusing Crooks and Liars, I came across the C&L Late Night Music Club post for December 8th, citing a Yahoo! News item:

   Billy Joel has released a new pop single, the anti-war "Christmas in Fallujah." Just don’t expect to hear his voice on it.

   At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq. So he gave it to Cass Dillon, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island.

   "I thought it should be somebody young, about a soldier’s age," Joel said in a statement on his Web site. "I wanted to help somebody else’s career. I’ve had plenty of hits. I’ve had plenty of airplay. I’ve had my time in the sun. I think it’s time for somebody else, maybe, to benefit from my own experience."

Rockin' YouTube below the fold...

The song's available on iTunes, and proceeds benefit Homes for Our Troops. Click on the link to go to the Homes for Our Troops web site and buy the song.

Last year my son made a donation in my name to Homes for Our Troops as his Christmas present to me. The organization builds and adapts homes for seriously injured veterans returning from Iraq.

Originally posted to RubDMC on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 08:12 PM PST.

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