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Student asks to accompany Billy Joel, who accepts

Sometimes you have to seize the moment.

According to Gawker, Vanderbilt freshman Michael Pollack had an idea during a Jan. 30 question and answer session with Billy Joel.

Pollack, a piano player himself, asked Joel if he could accompany him in a performance of “New York State of Mind” — Pollack’s favorite song.

As the video shows, Joel thinks for a minute, then replies with a simple, “Okay.”

And what can we take from this? Never be afraid to follow the old saying “carpe diem.”

Check out an interview with Pollack on his experience with Joel below.