As Taylor Hicks fans celebrate this Labor Day Holiday weekend, let us also say Prayers for our friends and family who are in the path of Hurricane Gustav and possibly Hurricane Hanna. Gustav comes on the very weekend of Katrina, a sad memory and tragedy for so many who are still reeling from her effects, and are now bracing for yet another monster storm. New Orleans is the prime worry, but areas all along the gulf coast are expected to be impacted, INCLUDING THE ALABAMA SHORES, Taylor's home state.
This also brings a memory which, to me, is bittersweet. It was the tragedy three years ago of Katrina, that brought Fate to Taylor Hicks and then brought Taylor Hicks to the adoring public, as he took one of the only flights open to him from New Orleans to Las Vegas and American Idol auditions....and the rest is history, both exciting for his fans, and heartbreaking for all those hit hard by Katrina.
While Taylor Hicks' story is a truly wonderful silver lining in that storm, we cannot ever forget the devastation to the places Katrina hit, again including parts of Alabama. And now as Gustav builds in intensity, possibly to a monster hurricane, let us keep Prayers for all of the places, in the USA and other countries, where it leaves its mark, especially New Orleans. And remember the birthplace and home of Taylor Hicks, along with LA, MISS, and the entire gulf coast...you have our fervent Prayers and Hopes that you are all safe this Holiday weekend.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I am truly in love with this new/old CD from Taylor Hicks. I play it all the time in my car, find it soothing and exhilarating at the same time.
I think what strikes me continually, is the absolute passion and genius of the melodies and lyrics that Taylor wrote himself. How many of us can just sit down and put our life and our feelings into songs that good, and then present them to the public ears in such a humble, yet fiercely impacting manner? Taylor Hicks has woven such magic as this.
Early Taylor Hicks is so appearling to me. I first heard Under the Radar, then heard some cuts off In Your Time. This was before Idol, but not that long before. I was hooked the minute I heard the first song and the genuine presentation of the music. I even admit to not being bowled over by the cover photo, but being absolutely floored by the music itself. When I listen to "In Your Time," the song, I find it so pleasing with the different tempos and pieces, which somehow all fit together perfectly.
When I get lost in "Somehow" or "The Fall," I think to myself...THIS IS A FIRST CD and it is so full of passion, soul, full of LIFE. When I hear songs like "My Friend," which is so different and so much fun, and "Hold On To Your Love," with its short comparison lines, or the little trills he does in between, I keep thinking how young Taylor Hicks was when he made this old school blues music, and how much depth there is to this man.
Early Works has these same songs recaptured....remastered better...but has kept the very flavor that was and is Taylor today. I just keep thinking over and over, as I keep listening....how DAMN GOOD and how very gifted Taylor Hicks is. And I am so proud to be a fan of this man and I am so proud that he has come so far. He has waited a long time for this, but never lost his passion for it. When I listen to Early Works, I get choked up to think how much he has accomplshed, and yet how much he is still that Early Taylor who has always been true to the music. Sometimes I just can't put into words what I want to express about this man and his artistry, but it's there...in my heart.
If you haven't heard or previewed Taylor Hicks Early Works...you can do so right here. If this man doesn't grab you to the point of rushing out to buy it, then take a lesson about what BLUES truly is and listen again and again, until your car drives you to Target :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
TTHC is continuing with our FABULOUS new Early Taylor section, celebrating the early genius of Taylor Hicks. We have interviews with his former bandmates and some of his friends, who still occasionally play with him, as well as photos and media.
Last week, we featured an interview with Quinn Borland of the fantastic band SpoonfulJames, which was really informative and enjoyable!
This week, join us for some special insight from Michael Sheehan, who is a professional photographer and friend of Taylor Hicks. Mike's work appears on the liners of both "Under the Radar" and "Early Works." He believes strongly in copyrights, so please respect that when visiting his site. Mike was happy to help us remember Taylor Hicks in the early days, so hop on over to read his take on our SoulMan.
This is open to the general public to view, but you will need to be a member to comment. Check it out! Taylor Hicks was fabulous early on and the MAGIC continues now!
Link to Michael Sheehan Interview:
Link to our entire Early Taylor Hicks Section:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
WE HAVE A BRAND NEW FEATURE AT TTHC~MEDIA!
To celebrate Taylor Hicks 'Early Works' Week, we are running a series of interviews with Taylor's former bandmates, and friends, who still play with him on special occasions.
Our first interview and memory media is with Quinn Borland of Spoonful James, a band who has played with Taylor Hicks often. This is on our media board in the Long Train Runnin Category, in the forum called Early Taylor.
Along with the interviews, we are also featuring Early videos, Early mp3s, and Early photos.
COME JOIN US DOWN MEMORY LANE AS WE CELEBRATE THE EARLY GENIUS OF TAYLOR HICKS!
Click here to ezperience Early Taylor Hicks:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
TODAY IS TAYLOR HICKS TARGET DAY. GET THEE TO YOUR LOCAL TARGET AND BUY THOSE CDS!
We want to make this a memorable sales day for Taylor Hicks 'Early Works.' We want those shelves moving, so Target KNOWS it's time to reorder, restock, time to pat themselves on the back for the LUCKY DEAL they made with Taylor Hicks and his incredible, timeless music.
BE SURE TO VISIT OUR EARLY TAYLOR SECTION. CLICK THIS LINK TO STEP BACK IN TIME AND ENJOY SOME EARLY TAYLOR!
WALK ~ DON'T RUN ~ TO TARGET. MAKE THIS AN 'EARLY WORKS' DAY FOR EVERYONE
Posted by Gypsee at 8:10 AM
Saturday, August 9, 2008
IT'S ***TAYLOR HICKS TARGET-AD-SATURDAY*** and my scan of my circular is above this blog entry.
TAYLOR HICKS MAGIC IS UPON US!
Target has these circulars in the store for the taking, so if you didn't get one in your paper, just pick one up at any Target store. AND DON'T FORGET TO GO BACK TUESDAY TO GET SEVERAL COPIES OF THE CD! IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO BUY 'TAYLOR HICKS~EARLY WORKS!'
Friday, August 8, 2008
So to celebrate the dropping of Taylor Hicks Early Works CD this Tuesday, exclusively at Target, The Taylor Hicks Community Media Board has created a special Early Taylor section which contains photos, videos of early Taylor Hicks and his band, and MP3s for your listening and viewing pleasure. These are in the Long Train Runnin section, a member thread full of great memories and great early Taylor Hcks, all in one place.
Our Connections message board has some cool info on Taylor's early days and up to date bulletins on the CD release and its promotion.
GET READY FOR TAYLOR TARGET TUESDAY!!!!!! LET'S MAKE IT A BUYING FRENZY DAY FOR OUR SOULMAN'S MUSIC!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Want to hear some Taylor Hicks? Take your pick from all his albums...both early and post Idol. The Taylor Hicks Community has a brand-spankin-new discography area on its main pages, with good length samples of EVERY one of his songs from EVERY one of his CDs. These include: In Your Time, Under The Radar, Taylor Hicks post Idol, and Do I Make You Proud~Flip side "Takin It To The Streets." There is also a special section for the new Early Works CD, dropping at Target Stores exclusively, on August 12th. These are not the remastered tracks yet, but the are the songs selected for the CD.
This is a great way for old and new fans, especially newer fans who now know Taylor Hicks from "Grease," to sample his different CDs and perhaps decide to purchase one or two. Or it's just a great walk down memory lane for some, who are waiting IMPATIENTLY, for Early Works to debut.
If you click the title of this blog entry, you will be swiftly transposted to our new Taylor Hicks discography pages. Enjoy!
Or you can click the link right here: http://www.thetaylorhickscommunity.com/discography
The Taylor Hicks Display is set. We are ready to take Aim and Fire! Get to your local Target stores on Aug 12th and buy a few, let people in line see what you are buying, if asked...let them know Taylor Hicks 'Early Works'is THE new release to have! Yesterday I went to my local Target and snapped the above picture of the Coming Soon display. It did my heart good to see it!
HURRY UP, AUGUST 12TH!