BEFORE THIS WORLD – James Taylor, the quintessence of the troubadour whose life was the subject of his songs

Speaking to people’s inner emotional lives

In North Carolina, you can see many different things, such as islands, parks and cities. Its northern coast, offers you beaches with magnificent maritime landscapes. Here, you can let yourself go and get to know and paint the shades of sky and clouds, sea and sand, perhaps listening to something about James Taylor, songwriter who grew up in Chapel Hill, a city full of trees, with a planetarium not Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

In 2015, Before This World became his first album to top the Billboard 200 chart. He continues to be esteemed as a songwriter whose work speaks to people’s inner emotional lives. He is one of the artists who have sold the most in the history of pop music. To get out of drug addiction, he moved to London, releasing his debut album in 1968. Born on a March day 1948 in Boston, James Taylor is one of the most famous American singer-songwriters since the seventies.

Raised in Chapel Hill (North Carolina), where James Taylor studied cello, then devoted himself to guitar. He formed a music band, was hospitalized for psychiatric hospital for depression. Moving to New York, he became a heroin addict. He wrote the song Jump Up Behind Me, where he described the memories of a car trip home. In 1968, in London, he got an audition for the Beatles’ Apple Records, making Something in the Way She Moves heard.

With the release of Sweet Baby, in 1970 it reached the attention of the public. Time magazine dedicated a cover to him and he thus became the protagonist of a new twilight musical current. He was the prototype of the bittersweet and melancholic songwriter. James Taylor was help by a refined guitar technique and a pasty nasal voice. In 2015, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2018 he was a guest at the Sanremo Festival where he performed an interpretation of You’ve got a friend.

YOU HAVE GOT A FRIEND – When you are down and troubled, and you need a helping hand, and nothing, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me, and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest night. You just call out my name and you know wherever I am. I will come running, oh yeah baby, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall. All you have to do is call and I will be there, ye, ye, ye. You have a friend if the sky above you. Should turn dark and full of clouds and that old north wind should begin to blow. Keep you head together and call my name aloud now- . Soon you will hear me knocking at you door. You just call out my name and you know wherever I am. I will come running, oh yes I will, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall, ye. All you have to do is call.

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