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I’m a fan of the smooth, golden voiced James Taylor and recently stumbled upon a PBS showing of his concert with Carole King. The show took place at the Troubadour, a legendary West Hollywood spot, back in 2007 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic musical venue. The Troubadour was a place that many artists like The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, as well as Taylor and King performed early in their career. What was intended to be a one and done show has turned into a world tour and the release of the cd/dvd combo pack of the reunion between King and Taylor.
I caught the tail end of the show and sat captivated listening to the distinguishing tenor of James Taylor and his acoustic guitar while Carol King accompanied him on piano. Last night, I purchased the afore mentioned cd/dvd combo pack and treated the whole familial crew to a little bit of musical greatness.
Even though the concert is co-billed, only “You Got A Friend” is performed as a duet while the other fourteen songs receive backing vocals and musical accompaniment. Speaking of musical accompaniment, the other musical trio in the show included original and longtime band members; Danny Kortchmar was on guitar, Leland Sklar on bass, and Russell Kunkel manned the drums.
Keep in mind that it has been almost forty years since Taylor and King last played together. The years were not at all evident in the show. The intimacy of the show was certainly enhanced by the apparent love and respect that each has for the other.
The fifteen song set list included:
- So Far Away
- Machine Gun Kelly
- Carolina On My Mind
- It’s Too Late
- Smackwater Jack
- Something In the Way She Moves
- Will You Love Me Tomorrow
- Country Road
- Fire and Rain
- Sweet Baby Jane
- I Feel The Earth Move
- You’ve Got A Friend
- Up On The Roof
- You Can Close Your Eyes
While these might seem like some obvious selections, consider the source and realize that anything that made the list would seem obvious given their long, tenured career. These are two musical icons reuniting after forty years of successful songwriting careers and each has given us a litany of classic songs.
There was the occasional banter between the songs with each singer regaling us with snippets of song inspiration, emotional connectivity, etc… None of it felt forced or contrived, just two old friends talking about the good old days.
Great music awaits!
Ever have one of those days where good music followed you everywhere you went? Yesterday was one of those days. Got up early, courtesy of 4 dogs, and went to the Cowtown Diner in downtown Fort Worth. This was a first time experience and well worth the trip both musically and culinarally (not really sure if that is a word but I’m going with it). As we are walking to the table, I notice the siren song of the Cowboy Junkies emanating from the speakers then, James Taylor, Ray LaMontange, Josh Ritter, Shawn Colvin, Whiskeytown, Patti Griffin, Grant Lee Phillips and a litany of other great artists and songs for the duration of breakfast. In case you are wondering, the breakfast tacos (1 bacon, 1 sausage) were my choice of the morning and more than I could eat in one sitting. The biscuits and sausage gravy looked pretty good and I was told that the cheese grits were the highlight of the meal.
The next unexpected musical nirvana was Lowes, yes the home improvement store. Williams Fitzsimmons was the first song I heard and it was followed up by Josh Rouse and then Brendan James. After that, I was out in the garden center and out of the musical range.
The day culminated with watching a few episodes of House M.D. If you are not a fan, you need to check it out. Not only is it great television, there is some fine music wrapped in each episode. Yesterday was Lucinda Williams and Brett Dennen.
Unexpected great music is always one of those things that make the daily grind seem more tolerable or make the fun times that much better.
So, the questions of the day are:
Where have you found unexpected musical greatness?
What store or restaurant has consistently good music reverberating between their walls?
Thanks for playing!
Great music awaits!