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James Taylor @ Jazz Fest

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Posted by shore On April - 26 - 2009

james-taylor @AndyShore This wasn’t James Taylor’s first rodeo. He knows how to work the crowd. From the moment he took the stage, he had them eating out of the palm of his hand. Taylor opened his set with “It Grows,” and I could feel the force of the crowd singing along from the photo pit. He followed with a cover of the Silhouettes “Get a Job,” which unless you knew the lyrics, would have been completely unrecognizable.

I made my way out of the photo pit to find a bored Zack, but I wasn’t done with James Taylor yet.

He wandered off to enjoy some of the other top notch artists slated at the same time, and I worked my way into the crowd. Just as I settled into a good spot, they broke into Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”

I had to give Taylor credit where it was due, he takes a song, and makes it his own. Like he does with Carol King’s “You Got a Friend.” Neither Sami nor Zack were with me for that one, but I sang loud enough for the three of us.

After hearing “Mexico” I started thinking about the other awesome artists that I was missing. I tried to fight my way through the crowd to get to Erykah Badu. I was almost out of the thick of it, when I heard that all too familiar guitar riff. I couldn’t possibly walk away from “Fire and Rain.” The song was raised to a whole new level of emotion with tens of thousands of audience members on back up vocals. With that, I had my fill of James Taylor, and made my way over to Erykah Badu.

@ZackTeibloom James Taylor has a knack for writing songs that remind you of someone. For Andy, it was a “Fire and Rain” reminding him of a freind who passed too soon. For me, it was “Mexico” reminding me of driving to thrift stores in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago and always putting that song on as an inside joke.

His deep catalogue got me to come back to his stage after a visit to Johnny Winter for an electric guitar fix. I caught “Going to Carolina,” and “Shower the People” and saw an endearing “aww shucks, an encore for little old me?” body language from J.T. as he came back out for a couple songs before bowing and removing his Red Sox cap to expose his bald head.

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