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.
- UK voters sent a massive shock through the world, overturning 40 years of British EU membership.
- Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign by October.
- British banks got hit hard, and their European peers were hit even harder.
- Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon says a second independence referendum for Scotland is "highly likely."