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Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Apr 07, 2018 5:15
 

The NY Times presented me with a new perspective on this song this morning when I read the obituary for avant-garde jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Ready for this connection? He played at the White House Jazz Festival in 1978! In fact, President Jimmy Carter was so taken with his playing that he chased Taylor down after his performance to talk to him. (I gained that tidbit from the Rolling Stone obit for Mr. Taylor.)

It was one of those little "aha!" moments that pop up in life every now and then.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/obituaries/cecil-taylor-dead.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries&action=click&contentCollection=obituaries&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Strangers and old friends arrive
Cecil Taylor's on the White House lawn tonight

Still now hope it travels wide
Uncertain times
Listen for the miracle

Heaven and earth collide
May the spirit's guide be the one I navigate tonight
Well I'm just another hardened set of eyes
Looking for a miracle

That miracle, of course, was Taylor's music. 
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Sep 08, 2017 11:19
 

 folkrocker wrote:
Excellent! Maybe channeling David Crosby's vocal adventures on "If I Could Only Remember My Name"?

 
No need for "channeling"; David Crosby and Graham Nash are singing back-up on this track. 
folkrocker
(Tulsa, OK)
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:41
 

Excellent! Maybe channeling David Crosby's vocal adventures on "If I Could Only Remember My Name"?
yeshetarchin
(old world)
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 11:02
 

a 10 for me.
Btw he's playing on tour with Roger Waters. What an extraordinary musician this guy is
chinaski
(NJ > DC > VA > TX > VA)
Posted: Feb 26, 2017 7:57
 

I liked this track from the first time I heard it here on RP, the lyrics, the guitarists, Cros etc. and even know the staging crew that sets the stage for the invitation only concerts that were held on the White House lawn but then thought RP played this track too often. Time passes, I get the album and like it a lot. Also got tix to Cros' spring tour coming to Dallas. Thanks Bill!
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 4:07
 

Better Cecil Taylor than Donald Trump padding around the west wing in his bathrobe. 
bluematrix
(confluence of mississippi and missouri rivers)
Posted: Jan 06, 2017 10:35
 

 joelbb wrote:
just too profuckingfound.  Gave it a "2".

 
Being a fan of the profound, CSN and this song, I'm upping my 8 to a 9.
dragon1952
(Oregon coast)
Posted: Dec 13, 2016 19:53
 

I love CSN, so I also love this.
joelbb
Posted: Dec 06, 2016 19:57
 

just too profuckingfound.  Gave it a "2".
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Oct 26, 2016 8:46
 

 idiot_wind wrote:
Lets state the obvious: he's channeling Crosby and Nash 
 
It's more obvious than that: Crosby and Nash are singing back-up on this track.  No need to "channel".
idiot_wind
Posted: Oct 11, 2016 13:50
 

Lets state the obvious: he's channeling Crosby and Nash 
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay)
Posted: Sep 11, 2016 20:09
 

 floydoftherocks wrote:
Why would you name a song "Cecil Taylor"?

 
You could ask Sweet Judy Blue Eyes.
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Aug 11, 2016 8:26
 

so cool ...
this set is fabulous

I stop everything, listen, feel my center . . . so good          peace

 
garyalex
(NYC)
Posted: Jul 03, 2016 7:23
 

 floydoftherocks wrote:
Why would you name a song "Cecil Taylor"?

 
Why not?  Perhaps as a tribute to an amazing musician?  And he really did play at the White House.
tonypf
(Honolulu)
Posted: May 07, 2016 17:54
 

 floydoftherocks wrote:
Why would you name a song "Cecil Taylor"?

 
Saw Cecil Taylor at Yoshi's (Jack London Sq.) some years back.  At the end of his set my friend's wife turned to me and said, "I really am more in to James Taylor." I cracked up as Cecil and James are from very different planets.  
floydoftherocks
(Frisco)
Posted: Apr 05, 2016 16:42
 

Why would you name a song "Cecil Taylor"?
twoplain2sea
(After the gold rush by my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Mar 29, 2016 7:55
 

 Al-Salam Taylor Jesus.
ssmith
(las vegas)
Posted: Mar 04, 2016 22:56
 

Very early David Crosby still nice.
petesoper
(Apex, NC)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 13:11
 

In the first minute I couldn't understand why I gave this a 4. During the last minute I was reminded! I totally agree with the "meanderings" comment.
 
FatPants
(Philly, PA)
Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:37
 

Cool tune