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Ben Taylor Band — Island
Album: Famous Among the Barns
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:38
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I'm an island
Everyone can see that I'm an island
I've got ocean just about
Everywhere that I can see

So I'll be stranded unless you come to me
And I'm lonely

I would rather fall from grace completely, than let you change my mind
I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

Can't be too careful
About the friends you keep around you
Some won't ever let you down
Some who'll fail you every day

And it's a blatant disrespect of privacy
It enrages me

I would rather fall from grace completely, than let you change my mind
I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

I'm an island
Can't you understand me? I'm an island
And I'm finally by myself
The way I've got to be

Now that's exactly the thing that's been killing me

I would rather fall from grace completely, than let you change my mind
I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun
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Ben Taylor by ~MrTim
©2007-2010 ~MrTim

Ben Taylor at Wychwood Festival 2007

I like it.  I like it a lot.  I like it a lot more than anything his dad did.   Sorry James, you should be proud, not angry.  Relax man!  Hey!  Put down the...
Pretty weak, but not terrible
 rtrudeau wrote:

Whoa. That wasn't James Taylor? {#Headache}
 
I think he sounds more like his uncle Livingston.

I saw him and his band in a very small venue in 2002 touring to support this record, they were quite good and he very likeable.  He just produced a record of new takes of his mother's (Carly Simon) hits with her that is pretty interesting.  Just remebered, his cover of "Time of the Season" from this CD is very cool.



He is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. His sister, Sally Taylor, is also a musician.

That's a pretty nice vocal gene pool.  I wonder if Sally sounds like Carly?

 ick wrote:
Uncanny how much his voice sounds like his father's.  Not a bad song either.  It's got to be a hard road to hoe, following in footsteps like that I'd think.
 
Row.  You hoe rows.  Garden rows.   Not roads.  That would be rather silly.

Can't say the song is doing anything for me but it's not offensive either.  A lite rock 6.

Had to check. Yep, a Taylor.
Uncanny how much his voice sounds like his father's.  Not a bad song either.  It's got to be a hard road to hoe, following in footsteps like that I'd think.
love the barn!
The whole disc (2002) is terrific. New disc, his 3rd, due out next month...
let's just hope that he's not nearly as much of an ass as his dad.

 druid47 wrote:
Quite nice....very reminscent of his Dad in the early 70's around "One Man Dog" which is a brilliant record.
 
WOW...havent heard that album name from anyone I can recall..........one of JTs forgotten......I always liked "Someone" and "Nobody But You"  off that album.   Thanks for the memory..{#Clap}
No doubt that he sounds like his dad.  Given that, he inherited quite a fine voice!  I wish I had a golden throat like that.
Look at it this way - at least his wasn't the son of Gilbert Gottfried!
mandolin wrote:
...so i'm hearing this in the background and get this wild hare that james taylor has begun exploring a significantly different style - that really must chafe to sound so much like one's father...

I was thinking about how interesting it is that his voice is so close to his dad's. Funny how we always think of kids taking after their parents' looks, but I never thought about the same thing carrying over to the voice. Makes sense I suppose. I wonder if there's been a scientific study?

...so i'm hearing this in the background and get this wild hare that james taylor has begun exploring a significantly different style - that really must chafe to sound so much like one's father...
That's gotta be rough, when you're writing stuff like this when James TAYLOR is your dad!? ouch.
 ziggytrix wrote:
at the risk of sounding ornery, he sounds too much like his old man.
 
Whoa. That wasn't James Taylor? {#Headache}

Roseanne and Johnny (ok, kidding on that one) ? Why just kidding?
the_om wrote:
Hmmm...how about: Elton and Olivia Newton Steven and Bonny (Tyler) Tom and Richard (Petty) John and Oscar (Mayer) Kate and George W.
Yogi and Dale (Berra) Tim and Jeff (Buckley) John and Josh (Ritter) Gertrude and Ben (Stein)
Famous for riding on coattails...
siandbeth wrote:
Duh, I was listening to this thinking wow that sounds a lot like James Taylor and then I read who it was and it all made sense. I'm liking it.
It caused me some serious reality vertigo for a second. But I like it too.
at the risk of sounding ornery, he sounds too much like his old man.
Duh, I was listening to this thinking wow that sounds a lot like James Taylor and then I read who it was and it all made sense. I'm liking it.
Wow...sounds a lot like his dad. Nice... :music:
tim and jeff
rixtar99 wrote:
Not too mention.. Steve and Chris Stills John and Julian and Sean Lennon Im sure there's a a lot more! Woody and PeeWee?
I thought this was James.
Quite nice....very reminscent of his Dad in the early 70's around "One Man Dog" which is a brilliant record.
what, 30 years of James Taylor wasn't enough? Now we need to hear his son too? No offense to James, who was an inspired voice for his time, but this doesn't add much to the musical world other than a name.
This hasn't been played since 2003? That's surprising. Very likeable tune.
zaiuvrym wrote:
Let's see there is: Louden and Rufus Hank and Hank and Hank I'll find some more later...
Woody and PeeWee?
wow - who knew?!
Drunkenlilacwine wrote:
I thought the voice was James Taylor (his Dad)... He is really good singer and I like the lyrics. :roflol:
No kidding, it didn't even occur to me it might not be James Taylor til I looked up at the artist/song title. Good stuff.
I thought the voice was James Taylor (his Dad)... He is really good singer and I like the lyrics. :roflol:
I agree, the bass does add a lot to this song. Some of my favorite bass-work is from America. Good stuff!
Ok. I think I\'ve heard this enough for one lifetime.
Originally Posted by the_om: Hmmm...how about: Elton and Olivia Newton Steven and Bonny (Tyler) Tom and Richard (Petty) John and Oscar (Mayer) Kate and George W.
Oh sure, be that way! :clap:
Originally Posted by Baldboy_1: Ben's voice is nice but the smooth bass line on this really carries this tune.
That's funny - as a bass player myself, I had just msg'ed a friend of mine who was listening to RP as well saying "This... this is how I want to play." I need more practice :)
Originally Posted by zaiuvrym: \ Let's see there is: Louden and Rufus Hank and Hank and Hank I'll find some more later...
Hmmm...how about: Elton and Olivia Newton Steven and Bonny (Tyler) Tom and Richard (Petty) John and Oscar (Mayer) Kate and George W.
Originally Posted by noladq: Fortunately, I love the way his father sounds, so I really like this. It's got a lovely melody and his voice is just right. So we've got: Ben and James Julian and John Jacob and Bob Woody and Arlo Roseanne and Johnny (ok, kidding on that one) And you can tell that they are related by just listening to their voices. That's the reason that singing families can get such good harmonies. Any others?
\ Let's see there is: Louden and Rufus Hank and Hank and Hank I'll find some more later...
Well this is pleasant, and yes I thought it was his dad at first, but then I've also always had a soft spot for JT. Great CD title. Always loved that phrase myself, from one of Dylan Thomas's descriptions of his happy childhood. "Fern Hill" on-line: https://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?45442B7C000C07040F73
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for JT...I really thought this was his at first. :) Obviously, the voice is the same but so is the rest. I\'m sorry but maybe Ben might try something a little bit different than Dad. Maybe he has...would like to hear something like that. hint,hint :roll:
very boring. like father like son.
Perfect for a doctor\'s waiting room. That\'s about it.
Originally Posted by rgj13: Well, but that yacht might have been going to the island that he, um, is. :D :lol: :??: :)
Or maybe over to Mexico with his Father? :p ;) :cool:
Ben\'s voice is nice but the smooth bass line on this really carries this tune.
Definition of a 5, in my book. Neither here nor there.
I thought it was James Taylor. Great shades of Julian Lennon! :bounce:
I don\'t know why everyone hates this so much.
Looks like Ben\'s as big a yawn as his parents are. :frustrated:
Originally Posted by newwavegurly: Hey, he was bound to get an AWESOME singing voice... James Taylor for a Dad and Carly Simon as a Mom? Glad to hear that he got his Dad's voice, though, not sure he would've been accepted singing about Warren Beatty's vanity.... :lol:
Well, but that yacht might have been going to the island that he, um, is. :D :lol: :??: :)
Hey, he was bound to get an AWESOME singing voice... James Taylor for a Dad and Carly Simon as a Mom? Glad to hear that he got his Dad\'s voice, though, not sure he would\'ve been accepted singing about Warren Beatty\'s vanity.... :lol:
He should start smoking. Maybe a shot or three of JD every morning. After a year of that his voice should be different from his dads.
Ok, James Taylor dubbed this. I\'m just stating the obvious again since everyone else has already commented on the resemblance - but WOW. I thought it was new JT - forgot totally that he had a son making music.
Like father too much like son. :roll:
Originally Posted by noladq: Julian and John
While they sounded similar on some songs, some of the late 80's stuff from Julian, as I recall, sounded much more like Bowie than John, which is to say it sounded nothing like JL.
Originally Posted by noladq: Jacob and Bob
I don't think I would have made a connection between the 2 if it hadn't been writted about. Jacob can't write as well as Bob, and Bob never sang as well as Jacob (who's only ok) That said, I thought this was James Taylor until I looked at what was playing. Kevin
Originally Posted by noladq: Fortunately, I love the way his father sounds, so I really like this. It's got a lovely melody and his voice is just right. So we've got: Ben and James Julian and John Jacob and Bob Woody and Arlo Roseanne and Johnny (ok, kidding on that one) And you can tell that they are related by just listening to their voices. That's the reason that singing families can get such good harmonies. Any others?
Kelly and Ozzy. Sort of. :rolleyes:
Like hitting some kind of time warp - eerie.....and cool. :)
Originally Posted by Spliff: He sounds more like Livingston Taylor. Carly gots some splaining to do.
:lol:
I\'m too distracted by the vocal similarity to his dad... Perhaps I\'ll get through this after repeated listenings. He must be so tired of hearing these comments.
He sounds more like Livingston Taylor. Carly gots some splaining to do.
Damn! Genetic vocal cords, to be sure. 1st time hearing it and I really like it. More, please! Wish MY daddy passed along this kind of gift to ME!
Originally Posted by noladq: Any others?
Loudon and Rufus. (Wainright) I agree that Ben sounds so much like his daddy!
Fortunately, I love the way his father sounds, so I really like this. It's got a lovely melody and his voice is just right. So we've got: Ben and James Julian and John Jacob and Bob Woody and Arlo Roseanne and Johnny (ok, kidding on that one) And you can tell that they are related by just listening to their voices. That's the reason that singing families can get such good harmonies. Any others?
Originally Posted by newwavegurly: Could he sound more like his father?
Not much, to be sure. He certainly owes more of a stylistic debt to his dad than does, say, Jacob Dylan. That said, and pop-cultural-Oedipal machinations aside, I like this. Except maybe the xylophone or whatever that is tinkling in the background here and there.
Clone!
We expect genetic offspring to physically resemble the parents, but I\'m amazed at how much a son can SOUND so much like his father.
Could he sound more like his father?