New classic Coltrane coming this month!
I’ve written before here about James Taylor’s early career, but this photo (taken a few days ago, after one of his concerts) reminded me of the time we saw Joni Mitchell introduce a young, strung-out (kicking a heroin habit) James Taylor at a basement “club” inside a parking garage that accommodated a couple hundred people, standing on a cold parking lot floor in December, off Commonwealth Avenue, near Boston University in 1970.
it was James’ first US appearance after returning from London, where he’d recorded his first album on The Beatles’ Apple label. The memory of how protective she was of his fragility that night, is why this photo moves me beyond description.
I know, I know. It’s not really like them. But these are different times, I love the song, and these two are pretty good too.
Gram Parsons was another casualty of the Sixties, dead of an overdose at 26 in 1973. But not before he wrote some amazing songs, and helped to broaden the scope of American music.
if you love rock and roll and rhythm and blues, and you’re ever in Memphis, you don’t want to miss this.
I probably listen to Bill Evans more than to any other jazz player. He wrote this gorgeous piece for his niece.
Remembering how good some of the music was in the mid to late 1950s,
Haven’t got time for the pain
Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons, at The Boston Tea Party, February 1969 by Peter Simon
Dead Flowers, by Townes Van Zant
Top ten lists of albums, songs, concerts and performers are not something I do, because there is so much music that I love, and love at different times for different reasons.
But this in-concert collaboration by a bunch of artists, including Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison would be atop any of those lists.
The older I get, the more meaning this song takes on for me.
Photo by Jim Marshall