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Posted on 08/19/2009 11:14:16 AM PDT by Borges
LENOX - The tickets sold out faster than any others in recent Tanglewood history. And they were not for just one night, or one show; these tickets were for a weeklong festival celebrating a bald, 61-year-old, baby boomer icon.
James Taylor, who has adopted the Berkshires as his home and musical headquarters, will be performing at the Boston Symphony Orchestras summer campus. Whats more, the Grammy-winner, starting next Wednesday, will be the centerpiece of an unprecedented five-day festival. Never before has the BSO devoted so much attention to a mainstream musician.
For the BSO, which has faced financial challenges in recent years, the Taylor event will do more than introduce new visitors to the lush grounds of the campus. It will provide a financial boost. Instead of being paid for the gig, Taylor will give the symphony $500,000, his earnings after expenses. For Taylor, who has literally married into the BSO - his wife, Kim, was a longtime staffer and has now been elected to serve as a trustee - the concerts, roundtables, and master classes represent his latest and most dramatic show of support for the institution. Taylor, who played the cello as a boy, said that it is not by chance.
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James Taylor - gotta love his music, but his ultra leftist politics seriously gets in the way of true enjoyment.
And I play the guitar too!
Up on the roof?
We attended one of his concerts in Philly several years ago. Half way through the concert he started to make some anti-Bush left wing comments. He was politely but emphatically asked to sing without the comments. He obliged but has not returned to the area, to the best of my knowledge.
Look down upon my Jesus...you gotta help me make a stand...
Agreed. He gives great concerts. I never liked that he is a leftist, but I’ve never heard him be obnoxious about it.
I watched him campaign for 0 and pound Bush. He lost me as a fan for good.
JT is never better than when he covers Sam Cooke or Holland-Dosier-Holland songs. His voice is perfect for the Motown style.
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end..........
Yeah, he was quite the poet in his time. Better than average guitar player, too...very inovative on acoustic for that era. But he possessed(es) a poor knowledge of history and that almost always leads to bad political choices. Seems that vaunted artists almost always allow their success to diminish them in some way or another. Baby James Taylor is a case in point.
But alas...it's probably not to be.
Thus I just enjoy their music........and that's the end of it.
I'm a steamroller, baby..........
Yeah, and your record needle is stuck too. Give it a nudge.
What’s a record needle?