Tuesday, November 27, 2012

When She's Gone AVAILABLE

As of right this moment, "When She's Gone" is available for official preview on Soundcloud.

You can listen for free on Spotify.

And you can purchase the single on
iTunes
Amazon MP3
CDBaby
Google Play
Great Indie Music
Myspace Music

Keep up to date by checking the sidebar for new retailers. Found "When She's Gone" on a retailer not listed? Email jamestaylorjrmusic@gmail.com with the link!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving (U.S.)

As this is my music page, I will keep my thankfulness to my professional thanks... just to keep it simple.

TODAY, I am THOROUGHLY thankful that I was finally able to release "When She's Gone", a song that I THANK THE UNIVERSE for sending through me. It's so beautiful, so haunting, that I am surprised every day that those words and that melody are my own... but truly, they belong to the Universe!

I am thankful for Chris Taylor of (the) fundamentalists for helping me produce that song. I am also thankful to him for allowing me to be a part of this band, being part of this experience as we play, record, and write in a whole new way. He is an amazing bandmate and an amazing friend. I am also thankful to Jess D. Wojcik for joining the band and completing, not only our sound, but our personalities as well. She is awesome in so many ways, and I am so glad that we get to work with her.

I am thankful to my friend Ashley Helper for dragging me to the Legally Blonde audition workshop and then to the audition. I am thankful to the entire cast and crew of Legally Blonde, especially Denny, Tracy and Kayla for putting this show together, and Peggy and the Downriver Actors Guild for producing the show. It was such an amazing experience.

I am thankful for two more chances to audition for shows with DAG coming up. Even though I am torn as to whether I should only do one, both, or neither, it is an exciting prospect and BOTH would be something amazing to add to my entertainment resume, as well as my personal experiences!

I am thankful for Kathe Koja and Diane Cheklich for giving me the opportunity to work with THEM this year on projects for "Under The Poppy". I met Kathe last year at an event where (the) fundamentalists performed, and I've know Diane for years, thanks to "Magic Mentah" (for those of you who don't know... it's a long story, LoL; long story/short: a movie I was in that filmed in 2006, yet to be released). It was a great honor to be asked, and it was a lot of fun working with the two of them, singing and... dancing (*wink*).

I am thankful for ALL the opportunities I have to perform. Many of these are provided by the Performers Awards of Detroit (current president: Jason/Frosty) and the Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association (current president: Scott Korff, and a special thanks to my friend/sister/brother Miss MIGRA: Angel Essence). I also want to say that I am grateful to Weekend Picker's Indoor Flea Market for giving me the chance to perform there and meet some great people, and reconnect with some friends and family who came to watch me perform!

There are so many more people and things I am grateful for, and I've barely touched the surface, but it's just so difficult to write about everyone. THANK YOU for reading on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day. I try to be grateful everyday, and I hope you will, too.

Don't forget, links for "When She's Gone" are on the sidebar. Currently, my new single is available on CDBaby, Myspace Music, and iTunes, with other retailers currently processing.

THANKS AGAIN!
James Taylor, Jr.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When She's Gone

Wait no longer, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else.

You will soon be able to purchase "When She's Gone" on digital retailers. Links will be posted as they become available. If you see a digital retailer providing "When She's Gone" by James Taylor, Jr. and the link is NOT posted on the sidebar, PLEASE CONTACT ME, either here or at jamestaylorjrmusic@gmail.com. The retailers do NOT let you know when your music has been posted on their server, but I will be keeping on eye on the main retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, and the streaming player Spotify.

I am very excited that I am finally releasing this single! And I hope you all will enjoy this VERY heartfelt song.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Curtain Call

This is an emotional post for me. I am writing this as it nears 11pm on Sunday night. "Legally Blonde" w/ the Downriver Actors Guild has had its final show. Some people, I saw for the last time. Some people, I will see again. But THAT SHOW, that cast, that crew, will never be whole again. And, yea... it breaks my heart a little.

I have to say... this all happened as accident... that turned into a curiosity... that turned into an experiment... that turned into one of the most amazing experiences of my life. So... the first thanks goes to my friend Ashley Helper for dragging me to the audition workshop.

The course of working on this show has had its ups and downs, but in the end, EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS CAST AND CREW BROUGHT EVERYTHING THEY HAVE TO THE PERFORMANCES. I'm so blessed to be a part of this amazingly talented group of people.

I can't even begin to thank everyone that made me feel welcome and loved, people who let me into their circle, into their lives, and let me, and everyone who was a part of this show (including the audience), experience their talent and passion. There are no words to describe everything I've experienced in this show.

I had so much more I wanted to say, but I'm so emotional that it all escapes me in this moment...
Thank you everyone, and I can't wait to see you ALL again.

James

Saturday, November 10, 2012

OPENING NIGHT!

Opening night of "Legally Blonde" was a success!

I have to say, the Downriver Actor's Guild, Out of the Box Theatre, the Production team, the Direction team (Director Denny, Music Director Tracy, and Choreography Kayla), the cast, and all crew members for this show have been doing an amazing job, and it showed tonight.

I have not been in a stage production since 2005 (I think), and then there was the movie ("Amsteroid" turned "Magic Mentah") that filmed in 2006 (as yet to be released?), which have been amazing experiences. How could expect any less? I certainly couldn't have expected more... which is what I got!  Maybe I'll write another blog about that soon!

I am so blessed to be a part of this show, and we had a great first audience. Speaking of which, I got a surprise of my own.  Of course, I'm expecting people I know to come see me rock the stage. So, when I get told there's someone waiting for me in the theatre house-left/stage-right, I'm like "Oh, okay, yay, I wonder who it is." I'm walking around, and I peak into the theatre and don't see anyone I recognize. I continue walking toward the lobby (I figured I'd walk around instead of barging through the side curtains) and am stopped by this mysterious visitor.

MY MOTHER!

Who drove all the way from FLINT (where she works) to WYANDOTTE (where Out of the Box Theatre is located)!

What a wonderful surprise!

So, I will continue to write about how grateful I am to everyone involved in this wonderful show...
I have to stop and take a moment to thank my mother for driving all the way down here (and having to drive ALL THE WAY HOME) to come to my opening night.

I'm glad you enjoyed the show, Mom.

NOW: EVERYONE ELSE:
Come see the show!  My dad will be there Sunday! When will you be there?!

James