The lyrics are part of the magic.
“He really nailed it as far as the places in Boston that people love,” Fantasia said.
Garrett may be a natural lyricist, but not so much a musician.
“I’m not musical at all,” he confessed with a laugh.
He said he is just a Billy Joel fan who put new words to the song.
Garrett grew up in East Boston, Fantasia in Revere.
“We were both moved by the tragedy,” said Fantasia, 47, a reading tutor at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. “I was devastated. I never expected that would happen in Boston. It broke my heart.”
To watch “Boston State of Mind,” visit youtube.com/watch?v=RRdAIFutuoQ.