James Taylor – One of the greats!
I love James Taylor’s voice … it is sensual, somehow. It is … as if he is singing to me and only me. I did not know, until doing a brief bit of research for this music post, that he had been heavily into drugs. Silly me, eh … what else should I have expected? Sigh.
Taylor wrote this in 1968 at three different times. He started it in London, where he auditioned for The Beatles’ Apple Records. He later worked on it in a Manhattan Hospital, and finished it while in drug rehab at The Austin Riggs Center in Massachusetts. In a 1972 Rolling Stone interview, Taylor explained: “The first verse is about my reactions to the death of a friend (that would be Suzanne – explained below). The second verse is about my arrival in this country with a monkey on my back, and there Jesus is…
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