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!
Earlier this week, James stopped by the Los Angeles offices of his record label, Concord Music, to thank the team for all their hard work supporting his number one album, Before This World. Click the image below to see an album of photos from that afternoon.
UPDATE: James’s appearance on Tavis Smiley will air in two parts, tonight (September 29) and tomorrow, September 30.
James has two more appearances to let you know about: he’ll be on The Rich Eisen Show show today, starting at 11:20 am PST/2:20 pm EST. The Rich Eisen Show is heard on more that 160 sports radio stations and is simulcast on DirectTV’s Audience Channel. Visit RichEisenShow.com for more details. Next week, James will guest on PBS’s Tavis Smiley — exact air date is to be determined, so check your local listings!
James stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night, performing a special outdoor mini-concert, sitting for a chat with Jimmy and premiering an “advertisement” for a new collaborative project! Click the two images below to watch those clips now.
James Taylor and Jimmy Kimmel’s “In My Pants”*
*Just a joke, folks!
James Taylor Played in an Insane Asylum
Photos: Randy Holmes, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 09/23/2015.
James has lined up another round of TV appearances in support of his new album, Before This World. Mark you calendars, set your DVR’s and be sure to tune in to see James in action!
First up, on Tuesday, September 22 James and Band will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings for channels and air times.
Next, James will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 23 at 11:35 pm local time. James will be performing an outdoor mini-concert, starting at 5:45. Get your FREE tickets here.
Last, James will tape his FIRST EVER appearance on the long-running Austin City Limits on Thursday, October 1 (the program will air November 15 on PBS). Tickets will be available on ACLTV.com sometime in the next week. Keep an eye on this page for details!
On September 1, James took part in a gala concert in Matsumoto, Japan to celebrate the 80th birthday of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, former Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Kim, Henry and Rufus were able to accompany James on this trip. Click the image below to see a series of photos from a family vacation to remember!
James with very special guest, Bonnie Raitt, and their fantastic Bands performed for a sold-out crowd of 35,000 fans in legendary Fenway Park last month. Click the image below to view a gallery of photos from that very special show!