14 June 2009

Manic Monday - Shower



The first time I heard "Sweet Baby James", I was permanently ensconced in the James Taylor fan club, even if "Steamroller Blues" on the same album made me wince a little every time I heard the lyrics (well I was only in my early 20s and it was a different era). The link above will tell you about all his struggles with depression and self commitment to a mental hospital. His heroin addiction has been recounted often, along with his Marital problems with Carly Simon followed by divorce, recovery and remarriage. He has now seemingly reached an age and peaceful acceptance with his life. Through it all, at every stage, there was the poetry and music.

If somewhere along the line, you got stuck back with Fire and Rain, then it is time for a visit to his website to hear selections from his latest album, "Covers" and check out tour dates or just to catch up on the albums of the last 40 plus years.

So how does this all fit in with this week's Manic Monday? One of the older songs with a fitting message from 1976's "In The Pocket" album: Shower The People








Welcome to another Manic Monday with Morgen. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at the Manic Monday blog. Today's theme is Shine.

7 comments:

Linda said...

One of my very favorite CDs that I own is my James Taylor Live double CD that I just love. To this day "Fire and Rain" can make me cry and I remember first hearing it way the heck back in 7th grade.

Beautiful music from a beautiful soul.

maryt/theteach said...

Oh thank you Jamie, for the lovely, lovely song! James Taylor, part of my life for a long time! :)

Border Explorer said...

Another musical bullseye, Jamie! I'm a huge James Taylor fan (& I had exactly the same reaction to "Steamroller" back in the day.) Super post. Can't live without my sweet baby James.

Travis said...

Love me some JT!

anthonynorth said...

You took me back today.

Villager said...

Happy MM! Excellent song and choice for the 'shower' theme. Well done...

I invite your blog readers to shower some attention on our efforts to Stop Black AIDS!

peace, Villager

Mimi Lenox said...

Ahhh...James. One of my favorite Carolina heroes. He is still amazing in every way. Thank you for this. It made my afternoon.