On pense toujours à Paris. Dans un sens l’esprit du monde civilisé se trouve la, chez vous. La priorité de la loi, les droits de la personne, la liberté… La plus belle du monde.
On pense toujours à Paris. Aujourd’hui avec tristesse et avec indignation. Vous êtes notre balise, notre phare. Alors, continuez à vous défendre. Bien que nous soyons loin, nous sommes avec vous.
~ James Taylor, 11/14/15
Always, We think of Paris.
In a way, the spirit of the civilized world is there, with you…
The rule of law, the rights of the individual, Freedom…most beautiful of the world.
We think of you, Paris
Today with sadness and indignation
You are our beacon, our lighthouse
Though we are far away
We are with you….
~ James Taylor 11/14/15
Next summer, James, his band and special guest artist Jackson Browne will play two of America’s most storied ballparks: Wrigley Field in Chicago (June 30) and Fenway Park in Boston (August 3).
James is excited to announce these first two concert dates of his 2016 tour and, as always, would like to invite his fans the opportunity to purchase a limited number of fan presale tickets in a fan presale starting Tuesday, November 17 at 10 am local time through JamesTaylor.com. (Public sale will begin November 20).
To participate in these exclusive ticket presales, please make sure you are signed in to your JamesTaylor.com account. If you do not already have a JamesTaylor.com account, please click here to register and create your account in advance of Tuesday.
Please also remember: the ticket allotment provided to JamesTaylor.com for the fan presales is a very small number of tickets that sell out quickly — sometimes within the first 30 minutes. We apologize in advance for any frustration but our hope in offering the fan presale is that you will have advance opportunity to purchase great seats. Luckily, if you are unable to purchase tickets in presale, you will have a second chance during the public sale.
James recently recorded an episode of comedian Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, and that episode is now available for listening. Visit WTFPod.com now to listen to James and Marc discuss family, growing up, addiction, James’s first band and their shared love of nicotine gum.
On October 14, James joined a stellar line up of performers, including Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carol Burnett in the East Room of the White House for a special event called A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House. James performed Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (with Keb’ Mo’) and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”. PBS will broadcast the show on January 8, 2016 — but you can view a gallery of photos from the evening now by clicking the image below.
James has been selected as a nominee in the “Favorite Music Icon” category for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards!
From now until November 3, fans can cast their vote to decide who makes the top five in each award category. The winners will then be announced during the People’s Choice Awards 2016 ceremony, airing live on CBS on January 6, 2016!
On October 1, James and the band performed at the famed Austin City Limits, a special concert filmed for an upcoming episode of the long-running PBS program of the same name. That show will air on November 14, but in the meantime click on the image below to see some shots from that evening.
I’m deeply grateful for all the kind words of sympathy and condolence that people have been sending in these past two days.
Gertrude Woodard Taylor (1921-2015) was the daughter of a Massachusetts fisherman and the wife of a North Carolina doctor. She devoted her life to her marriage and her five children, four boys and a girl, all born in the span of six years between 1947 and 1953.
She raised us in the home she built in Chapel Hill, NC and, since she never lost her Maritime New England roots, made an annual summer migration to Martha’s Vineyard Island.
Her two homes, in Chapel Hill and Chilmark, were works of art into which she channeled her constant creativity. But she was also an accomplished painter, a weaver (spinning her own yarn), a photographer, a distinguished horticulturist and a killer cook, whose talents in the kitchen were celebrated by anyone fortunate enough to sit at her table. This included the illustrious James Beard who introduced the world to her “Chilmark Bouillabaisse.” Everything she put her hand to became a work of art.
As the wife of the Dean of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, she shouldered the burden of official hostess with a warmth and sophistication that was an invaluable asset to my father, as he built a world-renowned School of Medicine and assembled its faculty.
She ended her days in her simple, elegant cottage overlooking her beloved Stonewall Pond, surrounded by dear friends and four generations of family. As she liked to say: “Life is finite, but love lasts forever…”
(Photos by Jeannie Whitehead, Aboard the Queen Mary 2, 2009)
Last week from LA, James appeared on two episodes of Tavis Smiley. James joined host Tavis Smiley for a lengthy conversation — over two nights — touching on James’s #1 new album, his song-writing process, long career and even Taylor Swift! Click the images below to watch those two episodes in full now!