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James Taylor

Postby Turk » Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:02 am

Tim (Our Kid) has reminded me lately of how wonderful this man is. I've always been a fan, but it's an awesome feeling when someone else shares the same intensity.

For you, Tim...

Terra Nova

O end this day, show me the ocean
When shall I see the sea
May this day, set me in motion
I ought to be on my way

We were there
We were sailing on the Terra Nova
Sailing for the setting sun, sailing for the new horizon
May this day show me an ocean
I ought to be on my way

Ought to be on my way right now
Stepping on the boat with a lump in my throat
On my way right now

I got a letter from a dear friend of mine, the story of a spiritual awakening
She spoke of her love returning in kind, she let me know that she'd be waiting
And I should be on my way by now
Walking across the floor
Reaching for the door
On my way by now

But here I sit, country fool that I am, my elbow on my knee and my chin in my hand
My mind in the gutter and my eye on the street, holed up in a cave of concrete
And I ought to be on my way right now
Packing my things while the telephone rings
On my way right now

I miss my lovely mother and I love my lonely father
I know I owe my brothers one thing and another, I hear my sister singing
And I ought to be on my way right now
Moving across the land with my heart in my hand
On my way by now
Ought to be on my way by now

O end this day
Set me in motion
Ought to be on my way

Out to the west of Lambert's Cove
There is a sail out in the sun
And I'm on board though very small
I've come home to stop yearning
Burn off the haze around the shore
Turn off the crazy way I feel
I'll stay away from you no more
I've come home to stop yearning
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Postby scottz » Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:24 am

I share in the JT love, y'all! Always have!
The DVD's are wonderful, huh?
September Grass...I could use some o' that right about now! *Digs up October Road* :wink:
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Postby Fool On Fire » Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:39 pm

James Taylor is a god. A living, breathing god.

I think I'll use his own words to describe what his music does to me:

there is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
there is a hunger in the center of the chest
there is a passage through the darkness and the mist
and though the body sleeps, the heart will never rest

-- "Shed a Little Light," from New Moon Shine

~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


...the blues is the roots...everything else is the fruits...
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Postby marybeth » Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:48 am

Here's one of my favorite JT lyrics:
She says move me move me
I'm locked up inside
I couldn't understand her
though god knows I tried

She says make me angry
or just make me cry
But no more grey morning
I think I rather die

Grey Morning

JT rocks!
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Postby cinnamoons » Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:23 am

His son sounds remarkably like him! His songs are not quite as good though but they're ok! Is talent a hereditary condition? :wink:

btw... I know it's a thread off Patty but does anyone else think that Patty's mom has the same kind of singing voice as Patty?

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Postby Arlene » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:26 pm

cinnamoons wrote:His son sounds remarkably like him! His songs are not quite as good though but they're ok! Is talent a hereditary condition? :wink:


I agree that Ben Taylor sounds remarkably like JT .(I saw Taylor the Younger open last year for Dar Williams.) BTW, if talent is hereditary, don't forget the mother's contribution-- Ben's mother is none other than Carly Simon.
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Postby gillian » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:35 pm

Just wanted to mention that Sally Taylor performed at a benefit in Rochester this past fall. I don't have much to say other than that. (I was drinking a little and wasn't exactly paying much attention to the music).
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Postby Turk » Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:50 am

Another example of the wisdom of his Jamesness.....
From "Up from Your Life"

There's a river running under your feet
Under this house
Under this street
Straight from the heart
Ancient and sweet
On its way back home

Even in the middle of your sadness
The everyday madness
The ongoing game
Even when you can't find a reason
Still there is a reason
You don't need to name it

Look on up....
Look up from your life
Look up from your life
Look up from your life
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Postby Fool On Fire » Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:23 pm

Ben Taylor had a guest actor spot on American Dreams this season. He was good. The music is obviously in the genes.

there's something in the way she moves
that looks my way and calls my name
that seems to leave this troubled world behind
and if I'm feeling down and blue
or troubled by some foolish game
she always seems to make me change my mind


*Sigh*

Like I said, a living, breathing god,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

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"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


...the blues is the roots...everything else is the fruits...
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Postby marybeth » Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:29 am

JT fans get your butts on over to Various Artists Music Thread and listen to Tim and his friend sing a really dreamy version of "Carolina In My Mind." Run, don't walk!
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Postby Turk » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:28 am

Damn, this is a dusty thread.

I saw a more-than-unbelievable tribute to James Taylor a couple of nights ago on a PBS pledge-drive. The Music Cares foundation named JT their "musician of the year for 2006." I think it was actually taped last Feb. but is just now being broadcast. There are quite a few musicians who showed up to sing James' songs to us and to sing their praises to him; Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Springsteen, Taj Mahal, India Arie, David Crosby, Sting, Dr. John, Dixie Chicks and Carole King among others. Being a huge fan of his music, the entire show was fantastic, but my single favorite moment was when Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas joined JT's band to perform "Carolina in My Mind."

Catch this while you can.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/jttribute/
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Postby kcguy » Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:29 am

James was on the Today show Friday, promoting his Christmas album. I had to wait through 2 hours of drek to hear him (with a lot of backup singers and musicians) do an odd, jazzy version of "Jingle Bells". I didn't care for it. At the end of the third hour he performed Joni Mitchell's "River", which was much better. :D
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Postby Turk » Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:43 am

kcguy wrote:James was on the Today show Friday, promoting his Christmas album. I had to wait through 2 hours of drek to hear him (with a lot of backup singers and musicians) do an odd, jazzy version of "Jingle Bells". I didn't care for it. At the end of the third hour he performed Joni Mitchell's "River", which was much better. :D

I love JT but I can do without the Xmas crap. "River" is probably the best song ever written that truly defines the way I feel about this particular time of year. I'm glad you got to hear James sing it.

Sarah Maclaclan sang "River" on Leno last night and totally nailed it. Just before it aired, I found that song on her MySpace page and added it to mine.
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Postby Rob » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:21 pm

Thanks for blowin' the dust off this thread, Turk.

Along with Patty, JT is my favorite singer/songwriter of all time. His music was so important to me when I was younger. I frickin wore out Mud Slide Slim and That's Why I'm Here and Sweey Baby James and JT and on and on and on. So many amazing tunes!

And almost every summer was a great show under the stars! I think JT himself summed it up nicely.

Some are like summer coming back every year,
got your baby got your blanket got your bucket of beer.
I break into a grin from ear to ear and suddenly it's perfectly clear.
That's why I'm here.


Well, no more beer, nowadays they confiscate everything. :cry:
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Postby marybeth » Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:10 pm

sorry I know this is off-topic but why does everyone have to release a frickin' Christmas album. Aimee Mann has one out too, wtf....?
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