Question for ya.
Ever see the 1977 Live at the BBC performance by James Taylor?
You can find it up on YouTube when you’re done reading here.
In any of those early one-man shows he did, it seemed like he didn’t give a schlit if you were listening or not. He had his guitar, and casually rang off a few notes trying to decide what he might play next.
Had an attitude of just caring about the tunes. As if to say, “What? Great, they want me to play someplace? I’ll grab my guitar with year-old strings and do it I guess.”
The cool thing I liked about that 1977 BBC one was he played one piano tune.
JT walked up to the piano and said he learned two chords on the piano, and wrote a song with-it.
He blatantly admitted the tune wasn’t even copyrighted. We know he meant registered with the Library of congress. Everything has a copyright before the ink is even dry.
But this tune didn’t even have a full title yet.
Talk about getting ballsy. Playing an instrument he barely knew, on a song which didn’t even have a title yet, in front of a huge crowd, telecast on TV someplace.
Turned out to be, back to the Highway.
When was the last time you put yourself in the songwriting hot seat?
Or, tried something so different you had to feel like a beginner again?
Ah. Good for the soul.
Flip that guitar around and try fingering up a few open chords, strum lefty, or righty, and just mess around trying to create something.
Or, jump on a piano if you’re a guitar picker.
If you’re one of those people we love to hate because you play everything and make the rest of us suck out loud…
You’re on your own.
Speaking of doing something you hadn’t yet.
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