James Taylor – Before This World

Pleased to learn that James Taylor will be releasing his first studio album in 13 years, Before This World on June 16th, 2015.

You can hear the first track, “Today Today Today” from his forthcoming album, today 😉 on TIDAL HiFi. I listened to the song this morning and found it quite tasty.

 

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The Secret Of Life

Today is my 60th birthday. Wow, I can’t believe it. Who knows where the time goes….Its a day I have both welcomed and dreaded. But I have told myself the past few days that the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. A song by James Taylor. The strength of James Taylor’s words and conviction offer solace as I reflect on what my life has been and what I have accomplished.

I could not have completed this journey up until this point without my loving wife Rosemary and my son Matthew. They give me reason to live. I am excited that tonight we’ll all be together for dinner in Greenwich Village. I couldn’t have a better birthday present than enjoying their company.Then Rosemary and I will attend a jazz concert by Chris Botti at The Blue Note in the Village.

To me this is the secret of life, enjoying the passage of time with those I love and having music tie the bow neatly on the package of my existence. It  truly is a good life that God has given me to live. 🙂

The Secret of Life

By James Taylor – Copyright 1977 Sony Entertainment, Inc.

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time
Any fool can do it
There ain’t nothing to it
Nobody knows how we got to
The top of the hill
But since we’re on our way down
We might as well enjoy the ride

The secret of love is in opening up your heart
It’s okay to feel afraid
But don’t let that stand in your way
‘Cause anyone knows that love is the only road
And since we’re only here for a while
Might as well show some style

Give us a smile now
Isn’t it a lovely ride
Sliding down
And gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It’s just a lovely ride

Now the thing about time is that time
Isn’t really real
It’s all on your point of view
How does it feel for you
Einstein said that he could never understand it all
Planets spinning through space
The smile upon your face

Welcome to the human race
Isn’t that a lovely ride
Sliding down
Gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It’s just a lovely ride

Isn’t that a lovely ride
Oh mama yes
See me sliding down
And gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It’s just a lovely ride

Now the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time

Tower of Power

Thursday night my wife and I will attend our 30th concert of the year. We continue to happily do our part as loyal patrons of the arts. The concert features the double bill of Tower of Power with special guests Average White Band. An event that James Taylor would call a “churning urn of burning funk.”

The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT is the location for this event. This will be our third show at the Klein this season. It is also our sixth event with The Fairfield Theatre Company as member participants. FTC continues to offer engaging live music options for its patrons, which we are thankful to enjoy. 🙂

Tower of Power Proof

Tower of Power is another great product of the San Francisco Bay area from the late 60’s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has been a band I have wanted to see to complete that list (having seen all the others mentioned…).

Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz’s photographic images convey the essentials of our admiration of famous musicians. This is due to the fact that Henry is a folk musician himself, a long-standing member of the Modern Folk Quartet. He’s a resident of the magical, creative community known as Laurel Canyon in California. His photography career began with a snapshot of The Monkees and has progressed to being the co-founder of The Morrison Hotel Gallery, which is our favorite music collector store 🙂

He was the official photographer for the Monterey International Pop Festival and Woodstock. He has over 200 album and CD covers to his credit. They include of course ;), Morrison Hotel by the Doors, James Taylor‘s Sweet Baby James and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969

Below is the YouTube video about the Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibition which features Henry on main vocal and clarinet performing the Modern Folk Quartet’s rendition of “Look for the Silver Lining”.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969

We had the distinct privilege of meeting Henry Diltz at the Morrison Hotel Gallery 40th Anniversary party celebration.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969