|In concert – BBC Studios 1970 (ca 50min):
I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.
That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind.
When people use the term “singer/songwriter” (often modified by the word “sensitive”) in praise or in criticism, they’re thinking of James Taylor.
~William Ruhlmann (allmusic.com)
Fire & Rain – Live
James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend”, a recording of Carole King’s classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when some of his best-selling and most-awarded albums (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers) were released.
We all have to face pain, and pain makes us grow.
You’ve Got A Friend (Live on North Sea Jazz Festival 2009)
Album of the day
Sweet Baby James (1970)