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Tom Taylor Tom Taylor composer. muse listener. no-iPod-needer.

Guitarist/composer Tom Taylor and his wife, Stephanie, live north of Colorado Springs. His recordings feature the Kronos and Turtle Island String Quartets; mandolinist David Grisman. Tom teaches at Colorado College.

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When the muse hits you with a 2 x 4, you’d better pay attention. I can only speak as an artist, but this must happen to anyone who possesses the creative spark. Creativity being an evolutionary response to adversity, this must apply to everyone.

I got whacked the first time on a third grade field trip to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony perform Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves. The perturbations of the air staggered me, and I became acutely aware of the power of music. Something was directing me down a path I’ve remained on to this day. My prescient first grade teacher had written, “Tommy is very good with musical notes and doesn’t put things in his mouth.”

The next time the muse struck I was fresh out of high school on a backpacking trip in the Sierras. Sitting on a tangled pile of granite, watching the sun set, I dialed up a Charlie Parker Bebop tune in my head (still don’t need an iPod) and was dismayed that the music felt all wrong for the situation. I realized the temporal and spatial characteristics firmly placed it in a small, smoky nightclub around 1950. Didn’t work at all in the boundless openness of the Desolation Wilderness. At that moment my writing of Bebop tunes ceased. I had to find my own path.

Those events compelled me to create my own style of composition, a blend of Classical and Jazz that can trip up musicians. A few years ago I was in the studio recording my composition, Home, with the Turtle Island String Quartet and things weren’t quite coming together. Frustrated, the viola player started pounding out the principal theme on a piano, asking peevishly, “What’s with all these major 6ths?” I replied, “Oh, that’s my street address, 1,6,1,6,5.” Everyone broke up laughing, we were on the proper path, and the next take was the keeper.

A composer, as opposed to a songwriter, accepts that they work in splendid isolation and sometimes their only audience is them. Don’t fear the alone – ness (not loneliness) that comes from following your own path. Everything doesn’t have to be shared or posted on Facebook. Turn off the electronic devices and take a hike in the hills. Reacquaint yourself with the inexorable, slow rhythm that nature provides as you follow the path of your own life’s composition. And watch out for that 2 x 4.

– Tom Taylor

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