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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:06 PM
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Poll question: Best Composition by James Taylor
This poll asks DUers opinions on the best composition by James Taylor.

It may not be the song you personally like best, but the song you feel is the best of his compositions.

Consider the musical composition itself, the lyrics, delivery, and so forth.

Nine choices plus an 'Other' should open the field.

One website to help prompt responses:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050...

I'll check in after folks have had a chance to respond.


-- TIA --

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:07 PM
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1. Other.
Fire and Rain.
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LSdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:13 PM
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2. I agree
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:33 PM
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6. It's very hard to argue with this composition, GAoTriplets.
It certainly stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it.

Very powerful, and very powerfully delivered, too.
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:45 PM
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14. Fire and Rain for me too.
You've Got a Friend 2nd.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:40 PM
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22. It's actually better than any single song by Nick Drake...
when it comes to harrowing beauty (and I prefer Drakes's overall output to Taylor's) "Fire and Rain" is a phenomenal achievement.

Okay, now all of my fellow Drake fans can burn me at the stake for heresy :)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:56 PM
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27. Hi, mitchum. I hope no one will burn you for anything --
-- and least of all for making sense.

I simply insist on a world with both Nick Drake and James Taylor. They represent 2 different sensibilities to me, but both were rich in talent. You use the words "harrowing beauty," and I think that is the perfect description.

Untouchably accurate.

I hate George w. Bush but can tolerate living in the world with him as president if I have my music. If Nick and James and Joni etc. were taken away, I'm not real interested in setting the alarm.

Thank you for this post. Appreciated it very much.
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Quetzal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:14 PM
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3. "You've got a friend" baby
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 08:15 PM by Quetzal
we always sing it at family parties.

On Edit: Did he write it, or just do a rendition of it?
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gater Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:32 PM
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4. Carol King wrote it.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:32 PM
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5. Hi, Quetzal. Carole King wrote it and does a fine --
-- version, but Taylor's is the famous recording that everyone knows.

He sings it as if he actually did write it and Carole King plays the piano on that recording.

It's a great song.
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Boswells_Johnson Donating Member (526 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:35 PM
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7. I forget which one it was. I slept through it.
:)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:36 PM
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8. Them's fightin' words, B_J. Fightin' words, I tell ya.
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Boswells_Johnson Donating Member (526 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:38 PM
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10. LOL...Nah, I quite like Taylor, honest!
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:43 PM
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12. Whew! That's good. I was oilin' the rifle...
So do I (obviously). One of my favorite sensibilities, and a good Democrat to boot.
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Boswells_Johnson Donating Member (526 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:18 PM
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21. I'd love to see him lay a beating on a random moran:) n/t
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:57 PM
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28.  : )
Your posts tonight have been strictly top-drawer, by the way.

I appreciate reading them.

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Wat_Tyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:37 PM
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9. "Where my bitches at?"
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:45 PM
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13. Wat Tyler, you're gonna have to help me. I don't get it.
Please don't say you're making fun of the 11-year old on another DU post tonight who died trying to save his two dogs...

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Wat_Tyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:58 PM
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17. Not sure what that's about.
I'm talking about my favourite James Taylor song - 'Where My Bitches at?'
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:41 PM
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11. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
is a classic

He has written a boatload of great songs.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:46 PM
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15. Yes, a good composition and a very singable song.
I'm not a good voice, but people who actually can sing like that song to sing.

I don't blame 'em one bit.

Thanks for your post, leftofthedial.

-----
I love your screen name.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:43 PM
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24. cheers!
I used to be able to sing and I always enjoyed it.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:57 PM
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16. Kind of off-topic, but James Taylor's "October Road" album
is really good and reminescent of his older work. The album's a couple of years old now but I highly recommend it, if you don't have it.

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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:12 PM
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19. Hi, Lex. (Again!) Yes. It is a good album.
I bought it on the way to do laundry a while back and listened to it just roll into my skull. Wonderful stuff.

And you're right -- it does seem to reach back into some of those earlier sounds he loves so much.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:42 PM
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23. GREAT record
frigging great
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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:44 PM
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25. Been listening to it lately. Over and over. Do I have a problem?
Honestly, I must have listened to it 20 times in the last month.

Not only is it reminiscent of his old work, but it's humorously self-referential.

Favorite song of the moment is "Traveling Star"
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:52 PM
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26. When I listen to it, I listen to it over and over again too.
I can't listen to it just once (like the potato chip commercial).

"Traveling Star" is great! My favorite song on the album changes from song to song, depending on what mood I'm in, if that makes sense.

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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:04 AM
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31. Makes perfect sense to me!
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 01:02 AM by mgdecombe
I always have a soft spot in my heart for "Mean Old Man".

And depending on my mood, I get attached to "September Grass"...

His phrasing is just so lovely. "Would you care to come down at fireworks time..." It's not the way people talk, but it's so beautiful in song. Reminds me also, because of the phrasing, of "Fire and Rain", "Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you." Hard to explain, I just think he uses the language beautifully.

And, besides all that, he is very handsome and reminds me of a very nice boyfriend I had in highschool.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:00 AM
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29. No, you don't have any problem at all.
The people with the problem are those who don't listen to good music and stand in line in the rain for hours to vote for a certain cretinous dolt in the White House.

But I ain't namin' names.
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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:04 AM
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32. Yep. I bet there weren't many JT fans in that line. nt
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SeanQuinn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:00 PM
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18. I < 3 "Sweet Potato Pie" on Ray Charles' last album
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 09:00 PM by SeanQuinn
Originally from JT's 1989 album, I think.

Favorite goes to Fire and Rain.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:14 PM
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20. Yes! Hi, SeanQuinn. It's a tune that doesn't get the --
-- attention it deserves.

Great composition, and good lord does it get sung by Ray.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:00 AM
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30. The one where he's really whiny and self-obsessed and sings about....
oh, shit, that's everything innit? ;)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:13 AM
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33. Ok, no name no slogan. We'll be over at your house --
-- in 15 minutes and you better have a nicely worded apology to Mr. Taylor in hand.

Otherwise, there's gonna be trouble.
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