Sweet Baby James


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I’m not sure where my life might have taken me if not for music.  I met Paul at the university music department.  He worked at a record store while going to school and was always turning me on to good stuff.  I was surrounded daily by bands, choirs, ensembles, music of all sorts with my job.  I had already been listening to James Taylor for a very long time.  When he was in London sitting in on the Beatles recording their White Album, I wasn’t a teenager yet, but I soon caught up and have been in love with his voice; his music ever since.  I guess you could say he is the soundtrack of my life.  He came to Memphis, usually, every other year, and we were always there; front and center.  I have my autographed ticket and I will always remember the night he shook my hand and looked directly at me.  Two concerts ago, he and his oldest son, Ben, performed together and it was wonderful!  Ben looks and sounds much like James.  Wednesday night one of his twin sons, Henry performed backup on two songs.  Awesome.  I got the tickets as soon as they went on sale and asked Matthew to be my date.  He was happy to do it because he had grown up listening to our music and I am very proud of his eclectic taste.  I have to admit I was a little anxious the day of the concert because I had never been to a Sweet Baby James concert without Paul and I didn’t know how the music would affect me.  It was absolutely joyful!  There was one song that I shed a few tears over, but I think that could be expected.  Overall, we had a fantabulous evening!  He sang, Wandering first, a beautiful song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7LjnaIox8M and then much to my delight, he sang The Secret of Life next.  

  • The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
    Any fool can do it, there ain’t nothing to it.
    Nobody knows how we got to the top of the hill.
    But since we’re on our way down, we might as well enjoy the ride.

    The secret of love is in opening up your heart.
    It’s okay to feel afraid, but don’t let that stand in your way.
    Cause anyone knows that love is the only road.
    And since we’re only here for a while, might as well show some style. Give us a smile.

    Isn’t it a lovely ride? Sliding down, gliding down,
    try not to try too hard, it’s just a lovely ride.

    Now the thing about time is that time isn’t really real.
    It’s just your point of view, how does it feel for you?
    Einstein said he could never understand it all.
    Planets spinning through space, the smile upon your face, welcome to the human race.

    Some kind of lovely ride. I’ll be sliding down, I’ll be gliding down.
    Try not to try too hard, it’s just a lovely ride.
    Isn’t it a lovely ride? Sliding down, gliding down,
    try not to try too hard, it’s just a lovely ride.
    The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.

Music is such a wonderful thing.  It can make you remember instantly the first time you heard a piece and what you were doing and whom you were with.  Can you even imagine a movie without music?  There would be no movie despite the talent of the actors.  We sing to our babies, we sing in our cars, we go to concerts to get that live music experience.  

The secret of life is truly enjoying the passage of time and the lovely ride.  Thanks for reading.

3 responses »

  1. Beautiful post, Syl. Music is truly transformative, isn’t it? I’m so glad that you and Matthew got to share the experience of hearing such a great artist together. ❤️

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