Sonic Gems: James Taylor – Sweet Baby James

Born on March 12, 1948, James Vernon Taylor grew up to become a five time Grammy Award winning American Singer-Songwriter.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

We picked this album of comfort food on the day of both thankfulness and comfort food extraordinaire.  It’s priceless to me in this moment with the things going on in my life to know that James Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 as he was sleeping on the couches of his friends and fellow musicians.  From this set of spurious circumstances he achieved hits such as Fire and Rain and You’ve Got A Friend.  Truly inspirational at a time when inspiration is needed by so many, not just me.

This second album by James Taylor was completed using $7,600 of a $20,000 budget while James Taylor was essentially homeless.  For that and the awesome story that the last of the songs on this album was fundamentally three incomplete songs woven into one for the sake of the promised $20,000 for delivering a completed album, Aloha Promises Forever gives this album an eight out of 10.

There’s an inspiration to be heard in aural comfort food and it can be enjoyed here:



About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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