If you know anything about me at all, you know I love music. My husband and I have been attending concerts every year since 1983…sometimes more than one a year. That’s a lot of concerts. With the busyness of our recent move within the past year, we hadn’t had a chance to take in a concert and I was getting a little bummed. I didn’t want to break the tradition, but yet, didn’t want to just attend any concert for the sake of keeping the tradition alive. Then I saw the commercial. JAMES TAYLOR coming to the Richmond Coliseum! Get your tickets now!…and, so we did.
I grew up in the 70’s listening to James Taylor’s music and I can now say, “How sweet it is..” to sing along with thousands of other fans and James Taylor, himself.
Music played over the speakers as the crowd awaited his appearance. Then, off from the side of the stage, close to my section, he walked out. He waved, and gave a bow with his hands folded together, as the crowd stood in applause. Taylor began his show with the song, “Something in the Way She Moves.” He talked about the personal meaning of the song and how he played it for Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1968, when auditioning for the Beatles’ Apple label. He also told of how he watched the Beatles work on the “White Album” all the while, he was recording his self-titled debut album and was, in his words, “clinically homesick” as he transitioned into the song “Carolina in My Mind.”
James Taylor, along with his All Star Band, played the entire evening with no opening act with almost three hours of music, warmth and humor. Taylor’s All Star Band included drummer, Steve Gadd, who played for artists Paul Simon and Steely Dan, horn player Lou Marini from the original Blues Brothers and guitarist Michael Landau who has played for Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell.
James Taylor is a people person. He not only sang hit after hit, but the evening was packed full of laughs and humor as he joked with the audience. At one point, his guitar strap unexpectedly caused his shirt collar to stand up on end and he remarked, “Elvis collar. Very auspicious…like a visitation from the King!” He was very open and carefree among his fans. He definitely connected with the crowd. He signed autographs, gave fist bumps and high fives to those lucky enough to get the front row seats. He moved the crowd to bust into their hand clapping, feet tapping moves and impressively quieted the arena with his amazingly fine tuned voice and acoustic guitar.
“I BELIEVE 100 PERCENT IN THE POWER AND IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC.”
“THE SECRET OF LIFE IS ENJOYING THE PASSAGE OF TIME.”
Taylor has been connecting with fans for more than forty years. His music and songwriting resonates with people. His voice is unchanging in a changing world of generations. JT didn’t miss a beat. His mix of new and old songs pleased the audience with several standing ovations. Some of the songs in his setlist included Everyday, Country Road, Carolina in My Mind, Handy Man, Up On the Roof, Mexico, Wild Mountain Tyme, Steamroller and my personal favorites were…Sweet Baby James, Shower the People, Fire and Rain, Your Smiling Face, How Sweet It Is, and You’ve Got a Friend. Taylor also played three new songs which have not been released yet; a country sound “Today, Today, Today”, a romantic-love tune “You and I Again” and a jazz number “Stretch of the Highway.”
James Taylor and his All-Star Band did not disappoint. The show was amazing and I left with a smile on my face appreciating the man and his music.
Please forgive the poor quality of photos/videos. These were taken on my cell phone which decided display “Storage is Full” each time I tried to snap a shot or record.
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