Friday, July 31, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Taylor Hicks' Pix

Remember this Taylor Hicks interview?

Q. What was the first thing you splurged on after you got your deal?

Taylor: I bought a camera -- a Cannon EOS 30. It's a really nice camera. I wanted to document all that's going on, and I got to with this camera.

This stuck in my head because I have an affinity for photography, though I've never had the time to learn how to do it right. Still, I fumble along with my inexpensive digital camera, documenting every little thing that lands within my line of vision.

Way back when GC was still up and running, I left a comment to the effect that someday Taylor should put some of his photos together in a book for his fans to buy. Immediately after hitting "submit," I felt like an idiot. Oh, not because of that particular comment. I always felt like an idiot immediately after voicing an opinion at Gray Charles. (ha)

Anyhoo, somewhere along the way I came across this book of photos published by Rob Morrow when he was doing "Northern Exposure." It's full of behind-the-scenes shots from the show. I appreciate some of the images visually, but mostly I found it to be just plain fun.

I'd love to see Taylor Hicks put a book together like this. If he were legally able to include American Idol photos (especially from the tour), there would be a big market for it. Dont'cha think?

Maybe he's saving his personal photos for another autobiography? He wouldn't have to depend on expensive help from a Rolling Stones journalist this time. There are many talented writers within his fan base who could offer help. (*ahem*)

Taylor Hicks hiding behind the orchestra, trying to get a photo of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Austin Show?

I'm friendly with a few Taylor Hicks fans who live in Texas and we've been frustrated concerning the lack of shows within driving distance for us. We're curious to know if there of more of you out there like us.

So the question is, if he booked a show in Austin, would you go? I want names! (Not your actual name, a screen name is fine.) I don't want a bunch of anonymous yeses because it could be people screwing with me!

This is a petition of sorts. One of our favorite TH fans is going to tell him about the results.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I'm not a music expert. And I find it difficult to put into words why I like a certain song or musician. I think a lot of you are like me. There's something in Taylor Hicks' voice or in his delivery -or both- that gets inside your chest and makes you pay attention.

But has anyone out there figured out why we're SO affected by his music? And why we're still online after all this time sharing videos and news about him?


Yeah, I didn't think so! I've decided that the man's got some kinda voo-doo. I lived in Louisiana for about nine years. Believe me, from my experience there's no fighting the voo-doo. Let it take you over:

Taylor Hicks - Gonna Move + Soul Serenade - Magic Bag 6-22-09 from ForeverTaylor on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back To Basics

One of my favorite bloggers, san, wrote a piece a little while ago titled, "Taylor Hicks~~leave me with the music". As I drive around on vacation, thinking about what I want to do with my blog, I find myself returning to what she wrote.

I'm weary of the fan nonsense. I don't know how many times I considered hitting the delete button on my blog and just walking away because of it. But, the truth is, I'm not ready to walk away from Taylor Hick's music. Is it possible to strip everything else away and focus on those goose bump, life-affirming, joyful performances? I'm willing to give it a try.

I'm currently on a borrowed computer, about 1500 miles from home, so I can't do a proper search for a stunning Taylor Hicks performance. I'll post one that I've shared before and then I'd like to hear from you. Give me some links to your favorite performances and let's get so lost in the music that the rest of it melts away.