Top Ten James Taylor Songs (as decided by me, Debbie Horan)

We have been chauffeured all over Cape Cod this week by Judy the Cruise Director. She is as crazy about James as I am about all my bands.  The soundtrack to our travels has been the James Taylor Sirius radio channel. It exists only until June 22 and coincides with the release of his latest CD, “Before This World”.  In honor of her, here are my top ten favorite songs by JT.

10) Mockingbird

JT recorded this song with his then-wife Carly Simon in 1973.  She overcame her fear of performing live to sing this song with him when he was on tour in 1975.  Since then, he has also sung it with their daughter Sally and Carly has performed it with their son Ben.

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Carly Simon at the Oscars

Two weeks in a row I sacrificed my sleep to watch award shows.  Last weekend, SNL40.  This weekend, the Oscars.  I needed to know what went down so the next day I could be one of the cool kids. I already gave you my take on SNL40 (see post Miley Cyrus, Seriously?) last weekend and then was ready this weekend to catch some Oscar buzz.

One of the things I was wondering about was how the songs were selected. You know, the ones that played presenters on and offstage.  With over 80 years of film music to choose from, I thought it was interesting that they seemed to pinpoint obscure love songs from movie soundtracks from the 70’s and 80’s. Almost every song had personal memories for me.   But no one can top Carly Simon at the Oscars.

There were two Carly Simon songs, Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me, and Let The River Run from Working Girl.  I didn’t care so much about the Bond song (Pierce Brosnan is the only Bond I really like) but it was cool that it was played.  Working Girl is another movie on my guilty pleasure list.  Poor girl with a heart of gold makes good AND gets the guy.  It doesn’t get better than that in Hollywood.   Let The River Run is one of the most musically rich songs I know!  For me it is full of hope and longing and perseverance.  I crank it up and dance every time I hear it.

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