James Taylor – “A Distinctive American Voice, Ever Yearning for Home Sweet Home”

James Taylor may be the foremost contemporary composer of what you might call American lullabies. “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Shower the People,” “My Traveling Star” and “You Can Close Your Eyes,” all of which he performed at a Carnegie Hall gala concert on Tuesday evening celebrating the hall’s 120th year, share the same elusive magic. Along with “Home on the Range,” “Red River Valley” and Stephen Foster ballads, they seem somehow to have always existed.

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