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Fire, Rain and Passion

This past weekend I went to see musician James Taylor perform at the Ravinia Festival in the suburbs of Chicago.  I’ve been going to James Taylor concerts since I was in high school.  I’ve probably seen him 18 to 20 times.

One of the things I always find inspiring about Taylor is his consistency.  In fact, his voice seems to be getting better with age.    Every time I see him, he sings songs like it’s the first time he’s playing them.  The classic example is Fire and Rain.  The song is more than 40 years old and I can’t imagine how many times he’s performed it.   Every time I hear it, it sounds as if he’s truly putting his heart and soul into the song.  I don’t know if he really enjoys singing it or can’t stand it.  It doesn’t matter, the point is he delivers.

Some days I don’t feel like going to work and I’m sure you feel the same.  I always get a little inspiration thinking of Taylor singing the same songs over and over again and doing it with such passion.  If he can do his job so well, so can I.
 


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