Tag Archives: James Taylor

Outro #5: What is tuning in?

Thesis #1: the most important thing you have done in your music listening career, besides turning out for concerts and turning on your devices, is tuning in. Music does many catchy things to ingratiate itself. But there’s the Paradox of … Continue reading

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Autonymous: Big Star, “O My Soul” (1974)

There ought to be an accepted Greek-based word for calling your own name.  How about “autonymy”?[1] Without such a word, how can we designate cases of  athletes referring to their own performance (“I feel like I’m a new Carlos Zambrano”) … Continue reading

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The Who-It-Is Hook: James Taylor as God in Randy Newman’s Faust (1995)

In movies, you bring in Jack Nicholson or Angelina Jolie and you have a substantial persona in your mix, someone with baggage you can play with.  (Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mother—let Beowulf deal with that!)  It’s a star factor.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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