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Billy Joel has apparently been working on new music for the past decade or so, but he still has no plans to return to the studio. 

The Piano Man revealed during an interview with the New Yorker that he's been composing a song cycle of instrumental "tone poems."  Sometimes referred to as "The Scrimshaw Pieces," the collection tells a loose history of Long Island, and has only been heard by select visitors to his Long Island home. 

Joel says some of the wordless pieces could be songs, but he has no desire to put together a follow-up to his last pop album, 1993's River of Dreams. He says he barely recognizes the Billy Joel who put together hit albums in the '70s and '80s, adding that he just doesn't feel the same drive and ambition. 

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