sweet dreams and finer things*


On Sunday, I went with my mom to see James Taylor at the Greek Theater on UC Berkeley's campus. What an amazing venue to see such an incredible artist!  It was such a wonderful evening: sitting outside, watching the sun set over the bay, and listening to James Taylor all night.

The whole show was amazing, but I was really touched when he sang "Oh, what a beautiful morning," from Oklahoma! He introduced the song by saying that he was going to play the opening
number from Oklahoma!, and I immediately thought he was going to sing the O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A song.  "Ok, James Taylor does show tunes. I can get
behind this." But, I was mistaken, much to my delight and the delight of everyone at the show.  His version of "Oh, what a beautiful morning" was so beautiful and made me think that perhaps it should be my new theme song:

Oh, what a beautiful Mornin'

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I've got a beautiful feelin'

Everything's goin' my way.

I really do think that would be an awesome way to start out each day.

Another thing I discovered on Sunday is that James Taylor is funny. Seriously, laugh out loud funny! I would highly recommend seeing him if you get the chance. He seems so peaceful and really at peace with himself.  As an artist, he's had struggles in his life. Public struggles. And, yet, he still keeps playing and putting himself out there. That takes an amazing amount of courage.

PS. Two of the songs he performed made me cry. 10 points to whomever can first correctly guess both songs in the comments below.

PPS. Yes, I know I'm a total sap who cries at concerts! Your point?

*I know that the actual line is "Sweet dreams
and flying machines." But I always thought it was "finer things," and
really, doesn't that have a nice ring to it?

Photo credit: Paul Keleher