He’s America’s dad-rock hero, but listen a little closer and you’ll find James Taylor is so much more awesome.
Today is James Taylor’s birthday (thanks to the Awl for the reminder). If you know anything about JT, you probably associate him with saccharine dad rock.
The reason for that, of course, is because Taylor’s legacy is tied to big hits that are harmless and pleasant on the surface — “Fire And Rain,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and “Mexico” — but his best stuff is about battling back sadness.
Today, as I understand it, James Taylor is deeply uncool. But get over yourself for 20 minutes and on this, the occasion of his 65th birthday, try giving some of his deep cuts a spin.