(168) Song for the Tailor (Taylor)

The morning James Taylor’s new album was released — the first one in a dozen years — I was listening to it when I read my daily poem: Mary Oliver’s “Song of the Builders.”  In her poem, she praises the cricket for its work building our world:

On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God—

a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside

this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope

it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.

I was then inspired to praise James for his work in building the music of our world — or should I say, tailoring it.  He is a worker, after all, a wordsmith and musician, who tailors his lyrics to his audience far and wide.  I am grateful he has put forth the effort to do something new, even as he could just rest on his impressive laurels until the end of his days.  This is my thanks to JT, a man and his music I have loved since 1970.

Song for the Tailor (Taylor)

On a summer morning

I sat down

in my recliner

to listen to James Taylor.

A worthy pastimejames-taylor

Near me, I saw

his smiling face

denim shirt, drivers cap, hands in pockets

leaning there, secret pride

How great is the wordsmithing

how humble his effort

tailor-made compositions.

It won’t always be like this

a suit of tunes in June

it has been a long dry spell

waiting to try on these songs.


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