JT going a little stir crazy? Time to hit the road!
Calling all moms, dads, kids, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, campers, schoolmates, choristers, athletes, campers, nurses, doctors, lifeguards, first responders, book club members, pets, etc:
James is excited to be hitting the road this summer and wants to take YOU with him! Videotape yourself with a group of 5 or more of your closest pals singing “Shower the People” and upload your video by Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Your group video may appear on the massive LED “wall” that hangs onstage behind James and his All-Star Band!
BE CREATIVE! HAVE FUN! LET JAMES KNOW WHERE YOU ARE FROM! James would love to share his global music community onscreen with these videos so please feel free to hold a flag of the place where you are from, or wear shirts/hats to identify your state, school, country, camp, hospital, place of work, favorite vacation spot, etc!
Click here to see sample videos and to read first the IMPORTANT NOTES about filming! Then watch James’s instructional video below.
To help celebrate the James Taylor at Carnegie Hall streaming event, James has just launched a new Carnegie Hall mini-site, filled with: a message from James, rehearsal and concert photos, a reproduction of the 2011 concert program, film credits and much more.
Visit now to have a look, and happy streaming!
FREE online stream starts tonight at 7:30 pm ET
ONE WEEK ONLY! James Taylor at Carnegie Hall begins tonight (July 1) on James’s Official YouTube channel! The show will play in full (approximately 1 hour 46 minutes) once starting at 7:30pm ET, and will then be available for on-demand viewing on YouTube for the next seven days.
Enter to win a signed and Yamaha Guitar and American Standard LP!
Carnegie Hall is hosting a sweepstakes to present one lucky winner with a signed and personalized Yamaha FG-800 acoustic guitar, and a special signed and numbered 2-LP copy of American Standard. For more details and to enter, please visit CarnegieHall.org.
James Taylor at Carnegie Hall — free online stream starts July 1!
Joined by Vince Bruce, Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Kevin Pollak, Dianne Reeves, and Sting!
2011 Carnegie Hall program note from James (excerpt):
Carnegie Hall is the top theater in the top town. It is an icon for performing artists, its very name means success. The first time I played here, in 1970, was the first time I was ever in the Hall I had been hearing about since I was a child. From the moment I walked in the door, it lived up to my expectations and to my imagination.
Carnegie Hall is the sort of venue that focuses a performer’s attention. Everyone who plays here wants to be at his very best. The world recognizes this as one of the great venues for classical music, but it is important to remember that folk music got played here, too. Blues, swing, R&B, and jazz were performed here. Rock ‘n’ roll got played here. Strauss, Gershwin, Sinatra, and The Beatles have all stood on this stage.
No series of concerts can summarize all the great music that Carnegie Hall has seen in its first 12 decades. What we can do is take a few evenings to be grateful for all the wonderful performers who have passed through, and hope to add a couple of appropriate links to the ongoing chain.
~James Taylor, April 2011
James Taylor made his Carnegie Hall debut on June 12, 1970.
Click below to see James and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (TFC) perform “My Traveling Star” (from the 2002 album, October Road) at Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in 2011.
James and the TFC have performed together at Tanglewood many times, and members of the TFC appear on James’s 2007 live album/PBS special, One Man Band.
James’s “Sister Kate” has a new album, Why Wait, set for release on August 6!
Rolling Stone has just premiered the album’s first single, a cover of The Beatle’s classic “Good Day Sunshine”. Click now to hear Kate’s version, and visit RollingStone.com for more about the new album.
Joni Mitchell’s classic album Blue (which features James on guitar on several tracks) was released 50 years ago today. In honor of that monumental occasion, James contributed his reflections on album opener “All I Want” to a Los Angeles Times feature which explores the album track-by-track.
Joni and I had our year together back when a year lasted three times longer than it does today. Inflation. That was 50 years ago. My time with her included the recording of her Blue album and I remember the sessions at A&M studios with Henry Lewy behind the glass. There was never anyone else there, just Joni, Henry and me. I played on “All I Want”, “Carey”, “California” and “A Case of You”. She had written most of those songs in the previous year or so while traveling. Maybe that’s why so many were composed on the 3 string dulcimer: a nice, portable axe. Playing along with her spare dulcimer accompaniment, I was free to substitute whatever chords I felt, which was great; but of course it was her voice and the songs themselves that make Blue so singular. To his credit, Henry Lewy had us keep it simple. I believe that some of those songs were written with me in mind although, as a songwriter, I know how songs can have their own bent truth. Still, I hear a personal message in several of them, her gift to me: the lucky one. “All I Want” allows itself to be light and loving, as sunny a sentiment as we are apt to hear from her. It’s a kiss, a love note, a valentine. Listen to her laugh at the end of “Big Yellow Taxi”, like that…
~ James Taylor
Click here to read the full piece on LATimes.com. James also shared some thoughts about Blue with the New York Times. Click to read that article on NYTimes.com now.
This week James is sharing another rare clip from the 2011 Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Gala, which also served as the first in a four-part series honoring James that year, Perspectives.
Click below to see James open the show with William James McPhee’s own story, “The Frozen Man”, a song from his 1991 album, New Moon Shine.