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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Perhaps Another Anthem for Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks has been quoted as saying the song closest to being his own personal anthem would be his own original song, “Soul Thing”. I must admit the main lyrics do sound pretty much like Taylor’s life as a traveling musician. Taylor has often talked and written about the long drives, the sometimes loneliness, the visiting muses, and playing blue-eyed soul. Yes, the words do sound a lot like his life.

I've been traveling all these years, just barely getting by.
The road can be your friend or the devil in disguise.
When the tough get going, the muses visit me.
Yet in soft, low tones, they always say to me, say to me….,
Where the city street meets the county road,
where the sun is nice and warm,
no matter how long I may roam, t
his song still takes us home, Takes us home.
Now we'll tell you about these times, when the blues come out to play,
and jazz leaves her number... it's funny, she always says:
"Well, the city lights fly by me, as their eyes are getting heavy.
We're sending our love over telephone wire.
These days getting lonelier by the the mile."
(Refrain omitted)

Soul Thing, Taylor Hicks, Composer & Artist

As I was driving to work the other day, listening to Taylor first major album release, “Taylor Hicks”, I heard phrases in the song that popped out and screamed, “THIS could be about Taylor’s life, perhaps another personal anthem for him. Taylor has performed it many times, before and since his days on American Idol. And that new personal anthem might easily be Paul Pena’s, “Gonna Move”.

When I was a little boy, I felt so alone
Quiet country house that I had to call home
Living with a couple of folks, rich millionaires
Sat on their money; Lord, it seems they didn't care
Finally we moved to our own place
where I could walk around with a smile on my face,
and I knew in order to be a man
I had to pull up my roots and move on in this land
Came to a school in the big city
Looked around at the lights and I thought they were pretty
They told me and teached me to live by their rules
So I wouldn't be nobody's fool
I found out, not too long
Their rules wouldn't let me sing my song
I knew in order to be a man
I had to pull up my roots once again and move on in this land
Then I joined the college ranks
There they said they'd teach me how to think
They gave me books to read and papers to write
They didn't know about this boy's coming fight
But I found out after awhile
reading those books was making me lose my smile
I knew in order to not conceal
I had to play music and express what I feel
(Refrain omitted)

Paul Pena, Composer & Artist

As a child, Taylor Hicks has said he often felt alone. Music because his solace, his way of finding peace in his life. That seems sad to me that a small child would have to find a substitute for nurturing love at a young age. But given how Taylor tends to “feel” the music, perhaps that has helped to benefit his audiences’ enjoyment of his performances.

And then there’s “the college ranks” where Taylor Hicks, himself, said he majored in bars and music. He must have found some success as a musician during those college years because he left to pursue a career as a musician.

With ten or so years of trying to make it in the music world, Taylor finally decided to audition for American Idol. The rest of the story is fairly well known! If you’re not familiar with Taylor’s story, be sure to pick up a copy of Taylor Hicks’, “Heart Full of Soul”, which is an insightful read into Taylor’s private world.

After reading the words to the song, “Gonna Move”, what are your thoughts?

Video, courtesy of EJ, "Gonna Move", Liberty Bowl's President's Gala

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Best is Yet to Come!

After days and hours of press and speculation about his American Idol recording contract, Taylor Hicks has finally let the Soul Patrol know what’s going on! Straight from Taylor’s MySpace page:

“To all my fans and The Soul Patrol, I want to take a moment to talk about the recent news that my label and I have mutually parted ways. The important thing for all of you to remember is that I've been a working musician my whole life. This is turning the page on a new chapter of my career. Artistic freedom and control is an exciting prospect. The things that are most important to me is creating my art, performing it, and my fans. With the momentum that all of you have created over the years, Taylor Hicks is not going to stop anytime soon. I've started working on the new album, writing and scheduling exciting collaborations. The DVD, Whomp at the Warfield, is in it's final stages, and will be released soon. So as one door closes, a new one opens for 2008 with more excitement for all my fans than ever before. Sit tight, because the best is yet to come!”

Alright! A new year, a new CD and the release of “Whomp at the Warfield”! And be sure to stop by Taylor Hicks’s MySpace to hear music from his latest CD, “Taylor Hicks”.


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