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.
- Donald Trump was sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States of America. 🇺🇸
- Over 90 people have been arrested as anti-Trump protesters and police clash in Washington, DC, during the inauguration.
- As one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump announced the end of certain Obama administration climate and pollution rules.
- US officials didn't know drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was being extradited from Mexico to the United States until the day it happened.