>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WE’RE BACK HERE WITH JAMES
TAYLOR. I HAPPEN TO KNOW YOU WERE ON
STAGE PERFORMING DURING THE MOON LANDING.>>YES, THAT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: WHERE WAS THAT? AND THIS IS NOT IN THE MEMOIR. DO YOU MIND SHARING THAT? I’VE NOT ACTUALLY HEARD THE
STORY, BUT I HEARD THIS HAPPENED.>>YES. IT WAS IN 1969.>>Stephen: I’M FAMILIAR. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I WAS BOOKED TO PLAY THE NEW PORT FOLK FESTIVAL WITH AN
AMAZING CAST OF OTHER ENTERTAINERS. IT WAS A VERY STAR-STUDDED YEAR. BUT IT WAS ONE OF MY FIRST — IT
CERTAINLY WAS THE LARGEST AUDIENCE I HAD PLAYED TO UP
UNTIL THAT TIME, AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN LIKE THE FOURTH OR FIFTH
GIG THAT I PLAYED. YOU KNOW, IT WAS QUITE EARLY ON. BUT IT WAS A FULL MOON, IT WAS A
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, AND WHILE I WAS ON STAGE, GEORGE WEAN, WHO WAS
THE PROMOTER OF THAT FESTIVAL AND STILL IS, AT THE AGE OF 94,
GEORGE WALKED OUT ON STAGE AND SAID, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
HUMAN BEINGS HAVE JUST STEPPED ON TO THE MOON.>>Stephen: IN THE MIDDLE OF
YOUR SET.>>AND THERE IT WAS JUST HANGING
UP THERE IN THE SKY.>>Stephen: OH, THE MOON WAS
OUT.>>AND I SAID, YEAH, RIGHT. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) THANK YOU, GEORGE.>>Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY
ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WRITE SONGS OUT THERE?>>YEAH. UM, YOU KNOW, CHOOSE A SONG THAT
YOU LIKE, AND THEN REWRITE IT, BUT JUST WRITE NEW CHORDS TO IT
AND DIFFERENT LYRICS BUT SORT OF KEEP THE TRAJECTORY OF THE SONG,
YOU KNOW.>>Stephen: SO WHO WERE YOU
REWRITING WHEN YOU WERE FIRST WRITING SONGS?>>WELL, I DIDN’T TAKE THAT
ADVICE. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: YOU WERE
ACCIDENTALLY ORIGINAL.>>THAT’S RIGHT. BUT I — WELL, YOU KNOW, I WAS
EMULATING PEOPLE THAT I THOUGHT WERE GOOD. BUT I DID ONCE TRY TO WRITE A
SONG THAT WAY. I TOOK A BEATLES SONG “TREAT ME
LIKE YOU DID THE NIGHT BEFORE” AND I WROTE A SONG CALLED “TURN
AWAY.”>>Stephen: OKAY, I WILL GO
LISTEN TO THOSE BACK-TO-BACK.>>THEY’RE NOTHING LIKE EACH
OTHER, BUT IT REALLY DOES WORK, THOUGH. YOU TAKE A LONG SONGTHAT YOU
LIKE AND THEN YOU JUST REARRANGE IT, GIVE IT A DIFFERENT MELODY,
DIFFERENT LYRICS. YOU CAN COME CLOSE. YOU MUSTN’T ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW,
STEAL IT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: JUST BORROW IT. JUST USE IT AS SORT OF A
TEMPLATE, AS IT WERE, YEAH.>>Stephen: JAMES, THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. “BREAK SHOT” IS AVAILABLE ON
AUDIBLE NOW. JAMES TAYLOR, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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  2. One of the loves of my life. His music is so sad to me as it was when my parents were together and all they did was drink and fight and be abusive but then james Taylor would come on and I was transported away to a safe warm place. Thank you sir

  3. I think Britney Spears used a Christmas song as a template. Obviously, she didn’t turn it into another Christmas song.

  4. I’m one of the millions of people who have never met this man … but I love him. I had the privilege to see him in concert in Sydney in 1981. Mona, Mona, so much of you to love, too much of you to take care of, Mona, Mona.”

  5. Never go full loco! That's my advice.
    Or the next thing you will know is to be jibber jabbing with the army and navy…. And big box stores..

    And just in case, should you fall at odds with the ruling elites and authorities of your nation, then make sure that you aren't on Mr. Gates short-list. I didn't and as a result, i was in limbo for months..
    Still cant believe a missed something so simple and not very ordinary at all.

    — Hyme for a Dime, A songs for all the wrongs

    Release date: tbd

  6. I sent a note to James in Virginia Beach asking him if he'd send out good vibes, I asked my ex to marry me at his show. I understand why but he didn't do it.

  7. When Armstrong stepped on the moon in 69, I was at a drive-in theater watching 2001 A Space Odyssey, with the full moon just left of the screen, when a guy announced over the car speakers "Armstrong has just stepped on the moon"! The scene of the movie was, finding the monolith on the moon. Cool!

  8. Words can’t even begin to describe how much I absolutely cherish and adore this man and his iconic, timeless music!
    JT is a national treasure that we shall protect at all costs.

  9. James Taylor was the first concert I saw (that wasnt classical or jazz..my parents were music educators). Such an amazing performance!!!

  10. Meanwhile, transported in time, he could write about the "Frozen man" when to transport Two Generations of healing, takes thought and wisdom, I'd say he did a great job, at the time, he didn't know what he had done, Congratulations James, Fine Job Sir! I tried as well.

  11. Elvis Costello talks about doing this, as well, taking a song he admires, tweaking it, and, BADA BING, new song. The mistake George Harrison made is he changed nothing but the lyric.

  12. George Harrison must have taken Taylor's advice when he wrote "My Sweet Lord" using The Chiffons' "He’s So Fine" as a ‘trajectory'🧐

  13. That template Taylor talks about also works when writing prose. Find a writer’s work you admire and follow its template and you will find your original story 🙂

  14. taylor's role model and musical inspiration was the great tom rush who actually did a cover of 'something in the way she moves' which helped get him on the radar screen…check out the 50 year career of rush…

  15. He was the first concert I ever saw, and I GOT TO SHAKE HIS HAND! I was nine years old, my mom and i went to see him in Dallas and during the song I wanna STOP and thank you Baby! I just wanna STOP ✋ and thank you BA BAY; we ran up past security and I remember telling my mom, “were gonna get in trouble!! I dont wanna get in trouble!!” But she held my hand and kept running for the stage and when we got to it she tried to lift me but couldn’t really get me up, and there was a huge man with a big beard and he looked down and lifted me up on his shoulders and my mom smiled and i smiled and shook James Taylor’s hand and enjoyed the rest of that song which is still one of my favs to this day… then the tall bearded man gave me back to my mom and after lots of excited thanks and more dancing, the concert was ended… but I will never forget that.
    To this day my mom tells me, honey you’ve just always had that personality of “never met a stranger” and I’m like yea mom, maybe it’s because you used to hand me off to strangers like they were old friends! 😂

  16. I had the immense pleasure of seeing him in concert a number of years ago at Massey Hall in Toronto. No pretension, no over-the-top production – just great, honest music laid out perfectly.

  17. my uncle taught me how to play guitar, his idol was james taylor, so james taylor is also my idol,
    "you got a friend" will always remind me of my favourite uncle r.i.p alex

  18. What a humbling experience to be in the presence of a legend… very few singers and songwriters could ever copy the heart and soul that he puts in every song he has written. Thank you for your music, Mr. James Taylor.

  19. His idea for learning to write songs is very interesting. I just listened to the two songs mentioned toward the end of this video and they don't sound anything alike! So when you're first starting, this might work! Great musician.

  20. I've seen James Taylor in concert many times, in venues large and small. He's always been a total professional, giving excellent performances even in difficult cirumstances. At one point circa 1979 he subbed at a club in Boston for Carly Simon, his wife at the time. (She was sick–probably with stage fright.) He played a full set on his own and did a heroic job.

  21. James Taylor singing with Oscar the Grouch on the rooftop on Sesame Street is a must see. Instead of "Your smiling face" they reworked it in to "Your Grouchy Face". The lyrics, Oscar's eyebrows, the penny whistle guy – it is just pure gold.

  22. Lineup for the Newport Folk Festival for Sunday, July 20, 1969 (alphabetically by first name):

    Bernice Johnson Reagon
    Happy and Artie Traum
    James Taylor
    Jean Ritchie
    Jerry Jeff Walker
    Jesse Fuller
    John Hartford
    Len Chandler
    Pete Seeger
    Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
    Son House
    Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    The Pentangle
    Van Morrison

  23. What an artist. James Taylor is an excellent composer & lyricist, and one of the all around great finger-style guitarists.
    His music has greatly enriched my life.
    Thanks, James.
    Thanks, Stephen.

  24. Im a huge JT fan, never cared for Colbert due to his constant political material. Now I can add the fact he is a horrible interviewer to the reason why. Wow, horrible questions and just awkward all around. Way to completely screw that up

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