LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
MY FIRST GUEST IS THE FIVE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER AND
SONGWRITER WITH BELOVED HITS LIKE “FIRE AND RAIN,” “CAROLINA
IN MY MIND,” AND “YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND.” PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO “THE LATE
SHOW,” OUR FRIEND, JAMES TAYLOR! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>THEY PLAYED “MONTANA.”>>Stephen: YEAH. I LOVE THAT.>>Stephen: HOW ARE YOU? GOOD. I HAVE BEEN BUSY, BUT QUITE
WELL.>>Stephen: THE NEW MEMOIR
HERE, “MY FIRST 21 YEARS.”>>THAT’S THE VISIBLE PART OF
IT.>>Stephen: IF YOU WANTED THE
TO READ THIS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO TRANSCRIBE IT AND READ IT TO
YOURSELF BECAUSE IT’S ONLY AVAILABLE IN AUDIO NOW. I LISTENED THIS WEEKEND AND I
LOVED IT. WHY “BREAK SHOT”? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE
PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW?>>WELL, THERE WAS A MOMENT IN
THE MID ’60s WHEN MY FAMILY JUST SEEMED TO COME APART, AND
IT WAS AT A TIME WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS IN SIGNIFICANT
TURMOIL, AND ALSO AT A TIME WHEN THE POST-WORLD WAR II BABY BOOM
WAS SORT OF REACHING COLLEGE AGE AND AT A TIME WHEN WE THOUGHT WE
COULD CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT MY FAMILY SORT OF CRISIS, IN A WAY,
THAT CRITICAL STRETCH SORT OF COINCIDED WITH THE CULTURAL
GOINGS ON THAT SEEMED TO FEED INTO IT, YOU KNOW. SO JUST THAT SENSE OF EVERYTHING
GOING FROM ORGANIZED AND, YOU KNOW, SORT OF PREDICTABLE INTO A
STATE OF CHAOS REMINDED ME OF THE FIRST SHOT OF A POOL GAME
WHEN YOU SEND THE CUE BALL INTO THAT STACK OF BALLS THAT, YOU
KNOW, AND THAT’S THE BREAK SHOT, AND IT’S SORT OF A MOMENT WHERE
THINGS GO FROM ORGANIZED TO CHAOTIC.>>Stephen: AND WHAT’S THE
BREAK SHOT IN YOUR LIFE? THAT’S THE BEGINNING TO HAVE THE
GAME THAT YOU’RE — THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME THAT
YOU’RE IN.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS THAT
BREAK SHOT FOR YOU?>>LEAVING HIGH SCHOOL AT A
BOARDING SCHOOL IN BOSTON AND CHECKING INTO A PSYCHIATRIC
HOSPITAL FOR ABOUT TEN MONTHS. SO, FOR ME, THAT WAS THE — THAT
WAS THE BREAK WITH WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF ME AND SORT OF THE
BEGINNING OF MY STRIKING OUT ON MY OWN.>>Stephen: YOU DESCRIBED THAT
IN THE MEMOIR AS SOME MIGHT SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT TEN-MONTH
INSTITUTIONALIZATION OR HOWEVER YOU WANT TO DESIGN THAT IN A
NONPEJORATIVE WAY AS BEING AN ENTIRELY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE,
BUT YOU DESCRIBE THAT NOW AS IN SOME WAYS THE FAMILY PATH FOR
YOU IS NO LONGER EXPECTED AND FREEDOM CAME WITH THAT.>>I THINK IT REALLY WAS A
MOMENT OF — IT FELT LIKE A GREAT RELIEF TO ME.>>Stephen: A RELIEF FROM
WHAT?>>YOU KNOW, I SUPPOSE, YOU
KNOW, I — I JUST — IT FELT LIKE I WAS NO LONGER OPERATING
UNDER THE EXPECTATIONS OF MY FAMILY AND SORT OF SOCIETAL, YOU
KNOW, PRIORITIES AND COULD PRETTY MUCH WRITE MY OWN TICKET.>>Stephen: YOU SAY THAT ONE
OF THE WAYS YOU DEAL WITH TRAGEDY WITH SADNESS OR GRIEF IN
YOUR LIFE IS TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT IT. IF YOU COULDN’T DO THAT, WHAT
WOULD YOU BE?>>YOU KNOW, THAT’S A REALLY
GOOD QUESTION. I WOULD PROBABLY BE AN ADDICT,
NO MATTER WHAT I DID, BUT I THOUGHT THAT, BEFORE I — YOU
KNOW, WHILE I WAS STILL ENTERTAINING PLANS OF HAVING AN
ACADEMIC TRAJECTORY AND I THOUGHT I WOULD BE A SCIENTIST
AND SPECIFICALLY A CHEMIST.>>Stephen: OH, HMM. WHICH, YOU KNOW, ALSO — A
CHEMIST IN ENGLAND IS A PHARMACIST.>>Stephen: SURE. ( LAUGHTER )
WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPAND? WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPAND ON THAT
AT ALL?>>THAT’S WHAT I — I WAS
INTERESTED IN CHEMISTRY WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND, YOU
KNOW, I THOUGHT THAT WAS AS LIKELY A CAREER PATH AS ANY.>>Stephen: LAW SCHOOL FOR ME. OH, WAS IT?>>Stephen: YEAH. WHEW… ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WE HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK, JAMES. I HOPE YOU CAN STICK AROUND
BECAUSE WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE OF MR. JAMES TAYLOR,
EVERYBODY.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. He's amazing. The Iowa caucus results too, according to the Sanders people. The DNC app that's supposed to publish the results, has not done so. Due to an abysmal result for Biden, and since Buttigieg funding the app , and his campaign manager accidently publishing pin codes to change results online. Not good for anyone. Also, rigged. At least, Bernie won 🐦💞

  2. I am such a huge fan of James! My husband and I were lucky enough to see him twice: once with his band and The Troubador tour he did with Carol King. Both shows were wonderful!

  3. I love James Taylor. The living proof that when you're good, you're good. And you can be successful and a descent human being

  4. 🤨 A very good interview Mr. Colbert!
    Thank You Mr. Taylor for your book, ‘Break Shot’. The definition, meaning, & context provided a lot of food for thought re: one’s own breaking point.

  5. I'm just glad he's still with us. His music moved generations and continues to do so. I don't want to imagine a world without James Taylor.

  6. Millennials no doubt have no clue who Taylor is, and probably don't care, but I have no clue who it was that performed at the Super Bowl, and couldn't care less.

  7. DUDE !             What a graceful entrance . . . OF COURSE he has a sweet spot in my mind, but his "turbulent" transition from h.s. to the world is "news" to me.  The Kiln of Life Often Fires the Beauty of the Soul (when it doesn't shatter the pottery !   😮  ).     "The Secret of Life is Enjoying the Passing of Time… nobody knows how we got to the top of the hill… might as well enjoy the ride… hey hey …"

  8. i normally glance through the guests while working in the background, these few minutes made me sit up and pay attention !

  9. Trump: lousy politician…great president. Obama: great politician…lousy president. Great politicians are worthless…great presidents are priceless. Economy, Military, Trade, Immigration, Terrorism…great success in all. Why the failure complex of the Left's brains are exploding?

  10. James Taylor's extensive Wiki page is certainly very interesting reading. So many twists and turns.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Taylor

  11. My break shot was when i was ten yrs. I realized the world was a manipulative force 4 domination of mind and soul. Kicked its Ass ever since. Most surrendered to it

  12. Way to go CBS. Use a Millenial icon to promote a Boomer musician. Wasting Colbert's appeal is a good way to lose ratings.

  13. Stephen deserves credit for this, because I don't think Conan or either of the Jimmy's would have had the sense to let the man speak. Maybe Seth Meyers could have done it. Well done Stephen.

  14. Steven you have an EGO like trump, you say ur name and wait for the Screams and applause. Kimmel, Meyers No one else does that. It’s SAD

  15. ✨Wish we also had a performance by this wonderfully talented man! I adore his music✨
    (~I sang & played (on the piano) “Fire & Rain” when I was 13~)

  16. The Iowa Caucus, The Super Bowl , the impeachment vote . So sad, no room for The State of The Union Address .No big , fat Trump ego televised!

  17. That’s a real interview – so rare. Colbert just lets him tell his story without needing to be the star. Well done. Just goes in a different but incredibly honest direction. You don’t see too many moments as powerful, oddly natural and real as these on tv, yet alone late night stuff. Memorable.

  18. Colbert manages to ask his guest questions I'd like to hear responded to and would never have thought to ask. It's an interesting way in, in getting a sense of who these people really are that goes way beyond the typical surface level public personae.

  19. I am a gearhead and will always remember him in the movie Two Lane Blacktop were he costarred with Dennis Wilson. He was just as awkward in that movie, but I love his music.

  20. What an absolutely fantastic man. I could listen to interviews like this for an hour. I enjoy that this show doesn’t just host typical celebrities, it’s nice just to hear real humility.

  21. Saw his “Steamroller “ concert at Blossom back in the mid 80s. One of my top three live events. Saw his son Ben up close at a concert he put on for members of WAPS 91.3 around 2000 – 2001. So nice to know his music will literally live on for generations to come. Great job Mr. Colbert. N.E.OH Bob

  22. One of the very rare times you could hear a pin drop in that studio during the interview. A nod to Colbert for not feeling like he had to keep jumping in with witty asides-an all-too-common failure with today's talk shows.

  23. The first time I remember ever hearing a song and consciously thinking of it as a "love song," it was James Taylor. Still brings a smile to my face.

  24. Both Jimmy and Jimmie need to pay attention.. this is how you conduct an interview- you let the guest talk and don’t interrupt ❤️from🇨🇦

  25. Very open and honest and perhaps helpful to others who suffer similarly.
    Much in common and my break shot was accepting the creator of the universe as my friend.

  26. I was actually at this taping the other night, and he was only supposed to be on for 10 minutes but they talked for over 30 minutes. The whole audience was so quiet and listening so intently to what they were saying. Unreal experience!

  27. According to Wikipedia, Taylor checked himself out of the psychiatric hospital to move to NYC and form a band. Wouldn't have been my first recommendation, but it all seemed to have worked out.

  28. Brilliant, but it didn't go on nearly long enough.
    Guess I'll have to buy that audio book.
    Thanks, James.
    Thanks, Stephen.

  29. Every time I see this man or hear his name I instantly think of my mother. She is still with us, but his music has brought her so much joy through out such a rough life that this interview literally gave me tears. James Taylor will always be a gentle giant and legend in the music world.

  30. I knew I was gonna get some good stuff from this interview! Inspired. Enlightened. More free!☔Thank you James and Stephen😘😘

  31. Love how excited he was that Jon and Stay Human played his song. The musicians always give the band their due credit, they're great!

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