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        Storytelling and Songwriting | Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

        Explore the primary source collections of the Library of Congress to show students how characters, setting, plot, theme, and the mood/style of a song are similar to the elements of a short story. In July 2014, when Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that Billy Joel would receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he described Joel as being, a storyteller of the highest order. Listen to clips of Billy Joel songs for examples of metaphor, simile, and character descriptions.

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