If ever there was a time to make it happen, it's right now. And if you’re passionate about music as Joe Taylor is then then you’ve found your place in this universe. This is the musician that will reinforce the reasons why you need to believe in your dreams in order to fly this plane. Joe Taylor, a native of Halifax, Canada and now a transplanted New Yorker, is not just a story of some kid wanting to have his fifteen minutes of fame, but it’s a novel about a songwriter, guitarist and singer who’s sheer determination has caught the hearts of many with his nostalgic pop/rock emanating from his lyrical being.
Just back from touring the West Coast at The House of Blues Voodoo Lounge in West Hollywood and the ApCal Winery in Madera, CA, just to name a few, Taylor flew back home last week to play The Hard Rock at Foxwoods in Connecticut and is eager to get back into the studio to lay down some new tracks. According to Taylor there is no set release date. But he did say that his new album would be stripped down and have a new sound.
After performing tunes off his Anything’s Possible album at Sullivan Hall for Anolie Magazine’s Summer Release Event this past July, I caught up with Taylor to chat about his music, life and everything in between.
Taylor explains how, as a musician in this business, you need to make the best out of an awkward situation. On his performance at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, opening up for Rick Springfield, Taylor exclaims “If you cannot take a room that is skewed against you, you have to make them friendly, even if their silent.” Not knowing how diehard Springfield fans would react, Taylor took front and center with his acoustic guitar and pulled the 80’s wool away from their eyes and ears and wrapped himself up in the moment.
Most five year old's today idolize super heroes, but not Joe Taylor. He admits the turning point in his life as a five year old was when he heard John Denver’s “Seasons of the Heart” album. The album that almost never saw the light of day, this is the album that changed his life, defined his musical style and molded him into the person he is today and the very reason why he plays music.
Taylor goes on to say, “I’m me, I’ve got my own sound, which is great. Most people go through their entire career and never find their own sound.” As he continued to develop his musical skills, Taylor mastered the harmonica, bass guitar and studied vocal Jazz.
Taylor’s philosophy on life is pretty simple, “get the best of what life has to offer” and “no matter how tough things get, anything is possible.” So when asked if he could acquire any Superhuman power, Taylor hesitantly claims he would like to have the ability to fly like Superman, because he doesn’t like being held down and likes to travel.
As Summer draws to an end, Taylor will be working on some new tunes and getting ready to travel overseas to Europe with his guitar in tow, sometime in March of 2014. Grab your boarding pass, cause this is one flight you’re not going to want to miss. Once it takes off, its guaranteed to take you for a lyrical spin.
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