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Monday, July 11, 2011

insights: sister mary and james taylor part II

Good morning! Yes, I was MIA for a week and as I go through my email this morning the one common thread I've found is this "Where are you Happygirl and what happened with Sister Mary and James Taylor?"

L. and I were in Alaska last week on a cruise through the inner passage and we both agreed to be offline (unless urgent) for the week to chill. So, hello, I'm back home and I've missed you!

More importantly-- Sister Mary and James Taylor. Did 84 year-old Sister Mary make it to the James Taylor concert at Tanglewood in the Berkshires on the July 4th weekend?

I'm happy to report that yes, Sister Mary and her friends attended the concert, each one enjoying James Taylor in her own way.  Last night I waded through our stack of mail and I was delighted to find a card from Sister Mary. She thoughtfully included her program from that evening with James. Let me read you part of her card:

"Taylor, dear,
And what a gift you gave to nine happy souls.
It was truly wonderful! Heaven sent music + voices-- in the heaven of my beloved Berkshires. You see I grew up in Pittsfield. . .I attended Tanglewood many many times in my youth (the 1940's) and a few times in the late 80's and now to think it was paradise revisited. . .I hope my joy carries over to your he
arts. . . Lovingly, Sister Mary"

I like to think that on the star filled evening on the lawn, during "Sweet Baby James" Sister Mary was singing along with James with all her heart to:

"Now the first of December was covered with snow
And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
Though the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go"

It's a good mental image, isn't it?!  :-)


p.s. Another reason to love James Taylor? I was on his website this morning and saw that he offers phenomenal guitar lesson videos. Guitar lessons from James Taylor. Genius!

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