Quotes By James Taylor
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Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground
It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn't there before.
I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.
Though 'Fire and Rain' is very personal, for other people it resonates as a sort of commonly held experience... And that's what happens with me. I write things for personal reasons, and then in some cases it... can be a shared experience.
If I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it - getting clean.
Ireland, Italy and Brazil are the most musical places for me. They're extremely musical cultures and anything you pitch they basically catch.
Never give up, never slow down, never grow old and never ever die young.
I'm glad about what's happening to the music business. This last crop of people we had in the 90s, who are going away now, they didn't like music. They didn't trust musicians. They wanted something else from it.
Music is my living. I enjoy selling my music.
That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind.
You know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again
I find it a lot healthier for me to be someplace where I can go outside in my bare feet.
I don't think anyone really says anything new.
Make today today.
What I've always done as an entertainer is try to come up with things that people will find interesting, or compelling, or humorous.
Once you get that two-way energy thing going, everyone benefits hugely.
I played the cello from when I was ten, and then I bought a guitar from the father of some friends of mine and played that for a while. And then when I was fourteen or so, I bought a guitar - a real nice one - in Durham, North Carolina, that I worked with up until I was about twenty-five.
It's a real wrenching thing to go from being a private person to being a public person, especially when you're being autobiographical. But it's what everyone wants - to get everyone's attention, to have your music make a living for you, to be validated in that way.
I think it surprises a lot of people that I'm still around, you know, still - that I'm not pushing up daisies, as they say.
I don't play the kind of music that works in a football stadium.
I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.
I don't read music. I don't write it. So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.
Somehow it helps just to take something that's internal and externalize it, to see it in front of you.
Karen, she's a silver sun. You best walk her way and watch it shining...watch her watch the morning come.
A concert is always like a feast day to me.
It's hard to find a way forward. When you're 18 it happens in huge chunks every day, but after 20 years, growth is much more costly.
Songwriting is too mysterious and uncontrolled a process for me to direct it towards any one thing.
When you write a song, it may come from a personal space, but it very seldom actually represents you. It comes out of a sort of mood of melancholy, somehow. It's almost theatrical.
Performing is a profound experience, at least for me. It's not as if I sit down and play 'Fire and Rain' by myself, just to hear it again. But to offer it up... the energy that it somehow summons live takes me right back, and I do get a reconnection to the emotions.
I don't know much about God. But if everything does originate with God, then certainly songs do as well.
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