James Taylor

Places in My Past

“Of the people in my past, fading faces in a waking dream. And though they never seem to last very long, there are faces I remember from the places in my past…. Sometimes I can laugh and cry, and I can’t remember why, but I still love those good times gone by. Hold on to them close or let them go…,” sings James Taylor in his wistful paean to “good times gone by.”

It’s true. You too, I imagine.

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A few years ago I was at a James Taylor concert.  I’m a big fan. I’ve seen him in person many times, starting when I was twelve, forty years ago. So I’ve been up on who his background singers are and who has been in the band — Russ, Kootch, Kate, Andrea, David, Kate, and Arnold, to name a few.

Taylor is famous for supporting other musicians well and showcasing their talents. Yet when I last heard him,

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