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James Taylor, who is a Massachusetts’ native, will sing the National Anthem at the NHL’s Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. The game, between the Flyers and Bruins will be held at Fenway Park and broadcast live on NBC.

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Someone searched that and got landed on this blog. Welcome.

Those are the great lyrics of a song called “New Hymn,” which can be found on JT’s fantastic “LIVE” album from 1993.

Lyrics:

“Source of all we hope or dread
Sheepdog, jackal, rattler, swan
We hunt your face and long to trust
That your hid mouth will say again
Let there be light
A clear new day

But when we thirst in this dry night
We drink from hot wells poisoned with the blood of children
And when we strain to hear a steady homing beam
Our ears are balked by stifled moans
And howls of desolation from the throats of sisters, brothers, wild men
Clawing at the gates for bread

Even our own feeble hands
Ache to seize the crown you wear
And work our private havoc through
The known and unknown lands of space

Absolute in flame beyond us
Seed and source of Dark and Day
Maker whom we beg to be
Our mother father comrade mate

‘Til our few atoms blow to dust
Or form again in wiser lives
Or find your face and hear our name
In your calm voice the end of night
If dark may end
Wellspring goal of Dark and Day

Be here
Be now”

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…look at this post I made back on November 22nd. Specifically, this paragraph:

“For the Sunday afternoon performance [August 30, 2009] with the Pops and Williams, Taylor is collaborating with several orchestrators to craft “full-orchestra charts” of classics from his songbook as well as several new songs. Taylor said he is planning a similar performance at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming 152nd Anniversary Concert and Ball on Jan. 24, 2009.””

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This is really cool. James Taylor, one of my favorite singers, is basically saying to his fans: Hey, come hear a seminar with my band members and I, then watch me perform two full band shows, and then watch me play with John Williams. From the Berkshire Eagle:

“For the first time, the Boston Symphony will devote a four-day Tanglewood weekend in 2009 to a single popular artist. “James Taylor and Friends” will take over the Shed and Ozawa Hall Aug. 27-30 for multiple events designed to showcase the Berkshires’ favorite musical son and his band members, along with several guest performers….

Tickets for all Tanglewood events go on sale to the general public on Feb. 15, 2009….

During a phone interview from his nearby home, Taylor said: “It’s a terrific feature of my career and my musical life that I have access to performing here, and to connect with the Tanglewood community in a number of ways. I look at it as my core audience, the people who come to see me at Tanglewood. I have a great sense of how fortunate I am to have this connection to the symphony in a quasi-official way, and we wanted to take things to the next step.”

The four-day event begins with what Taylor called an “intimate type of presentation” at Ozawa Hall on Aug. 27. “The Band: Conversations Among Friends” presents performances and discussions with collaborators such as vocalists Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Kate Markowitz, fiddler and backup singer Andrea Zonn, keyboard artist Larry Goldings, and percussionists Steve Gadd and Lou Marini, Jr.

“I’ll get a chance to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Taylor, “to present members of the band for questions and answers, in symposiums and in workshops.”…

For the Sunday afternoon performance with the Pops and Williams, Taylor is collaborating with several orchestrators to craft “full-orchestra charts” of classics from his songbook as well as several new songs. Taylor said he is planning a similar performance at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming 152nd Anniversary Concert and Ball on Jan. 24, 2009.”

Sounds like a load of fun to me. Unfortunately I think that’s after I go back to school but hopefully a DVD comes out of this.

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James Taylor, my favorite singer besides Bruce Springsteen is releasing a covers album called, appropriately, “Covers” on September. My colleagues at The Troubadour Tribune blog posted the following:

SkopeMag.com has posted two streaming audio clips of “It’s Growing” and “Wichita Lineman” from James Taylor’s upcoming release Covers.”

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Reflection

I’ve been in a reflective mood in the last 24-36 hours. So I think it’s about time I start posting reflective song lyrics.

Here’s Song For You Far Away by James Taylor:

People around me are at it again. God only knows how they do it.
One to another then back again, something keeps putting them through it.
Me, I’ve been watching more than fifteen years and it hasn’t changed a bit.
People keep talking about a different line but it never seems to fit.

This is a song for you far away, far away. This is a song for you far away from me.
This is a song for you far away, far away. This is a song for you far away from me.

Sitting here all alone is bringing it on again, I’m gone again.
Sitting here thinking of you is driving it home again.
This is a song for you far away, far away. This is a song for you far away from me.
Open the door it takes me back, oh it takes me back.
Mention your name and I’m gone again, oh I’m gone again.
This is a song for you far away from me, far away from me.

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Why?

Why? The eternal question that seems to have no answers. Why me? Does everything happen for a reason? — Why does everything happen for a reason?

These questions examine our very existence, our purpose, our mission. We must look inside of ourselves to search for answers that will better our lives.

It is an eternal quest — a never ending quest — but if we can search and find those answers, maybe, just maybe, we can help the world, and help ourselves become better. The world in 2008 is a dark place, filled with war, famine and strife. Yet it is a place of hope.

If you live in Nevada or South Carolina, go caucus and vote in your primary today, respectively. Go make a difference. Go register to vote if you haven’t so you can make a difference in our nation. If you’re one of the 23 states that have primaries or caucuses on SuperDuper Tuesday (no I didn’t make up the name), on February 5th, go take part.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, PEOPLE!

Read this song’s lyrics, New Hymn by James Taylor. Contemplate them, think about them, and use them in your life, to make this country, the place where we all want our children (future or present) to grow up in:

Source of all we hope or dread
Sheepdog, jackyl, rattler, swan
We hunt your face and long to trust
That your hid mouth will say again let there be light
A clear new day

But when we thirst in this dry night
We drink from hot wells poisoned with the blood of children
And when we strain to hear a steady homing beam
Our ears are balked by stiffled moans
And howls of desolation from the throats of sisters, brother, wild men
Clawing at the gates for bread

Even our own feeble hands�
Aim to seize the crown you wear
And work our private havock through
The known and unknown lands of space

Absolute in flame beyond us
Seed and source of Dark and Day
Maker whom we beg to be
Our mother father comrade mate

Til our few atoms blow to dust
Or form again in wiser lives
Or find your face and hear our name
In your calm voice the end of night
If dark may end
Wellspring gold of Dark and Day
Be here, be now.

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