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London! - May 18, 2019

Hey gang! I'm here in London with my brother and having a blast! The interview with MuzicNotez online magazine is here! Click below on the link and check it out! BKT :)

http://www.muzicnotez.com/magazine/interviews/artist-interviews/2019-interviews/byron-taylor/

 

Upcoming magazine interview - April 24, 2019

Hey gang! I have an upcoming interview with a music e-magazine and once I do it, I'll give you the link here! In two days, I'm celebrating my Bday! Also, tomorrow, I'm performing briefly at a Bed Stuy place called Tilly's. I'm looking forward to it because I live close by! (convenience is a blessing!). For my next post, I'll continue the Behind the Songs series! BKT :)

Behind the Songs Pt.3 - April 16, 2019

Hello again! This week, I'd like to talk a little about the song, "She Doesn't Know It." I wanted to start the album with this song because I thought that it would be a nice start to the project since it's one of my earlier songs.Of course, the James Taylor influence is unmistakable, but I didn't really set out to imitate him who is one of the greatest Singer-Songwriters. I recorded with my Taylor acoustic guitar for the first time and will be my standard guitar for recording and performing from now on! The sound is unbelievable! I tried to write a song based on the male perspective regarding relationships. Men do feel and long for love even when we don't realize it. For the men who are reading this, haven't you ever thought of someone so much romantically but were afraid of exposing your true feelings? I hope I succeeded in capturing what I have certainly felt from time to time and I also hope that the song is relatable :). BKT

Behind the Songs Pt. 2 - April 11, 2019

Hello again! It's time for a brief look at another one of the songs that is on my latest CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook, which is called "The Knight and the Queen." I wrote it a week before "With all of My Heart" and it was inspired by my love of medieval literature and myths. I wanted a love story between a knight and a queen to have a happy ending for a change instead of a Tristan and Isolde kind of fate. I wrote the score for strings,  French horns, and English Horn as a sort of Bach minuet since the song has a 3/4 time signature. I had so much fun writing the score with a glass of Chardonnay by my side (a habit I admittedly enjoy when writing scores, I may add, but only ONE glass of course!). I played every other instrument and sang the lead vocal in one take after having a hamburger(something I would not recommend but, hey, it  made me feel more comfortable!). So the next time you hear the song, think of it as a mini-tale of medieval love but also as a metaphor for a man who would do anything to protect his woman because he loved her and her strength added to his own.:)BKT

Behind the Songs Pt.1 - April 6, 2019

Hello! I hope you're enjoying the weekend. This is the first of a series of posts called "Behind the Songs" that will include a brief discussion of my songwriting process behind the music on my CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook." The first song I'll discuss is "Livin' Without Your Love." This is the oldest song on the album because I wrote it when I was 14. Back then, I had a band and after rehearsal on the way home, I heard this bass line that jumped in my head and would not leave! I turned to my brother and said, "We have to get home right away! I have this song in my head!" So once we got home, I sang the bass line in my tape recorder and about 30 minutes later, I wrote the whole song! When my brother suggested that I re-record it for this latest project (and I'm so glad he did!), I went to the recording studio and recorded all the basic tracks myself and kept that lead vocal I did in one take (it wasn't my initial intention but I liked the vocal so much, I decided to keep it). Later, I scored the trumpet parts that were eventually played by the terrific Eganam Segbefia. David Dallon, my longtime friend, played and improvised those magnificent sax solos. Daryl Serrano, another longtime friend played the live drums. And last but not least, my brother, Lonnie sang the second lead vocal and background vocals with me. So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading!:) BKT

The Potter's Wheel - March 30, 2019

Hello! I hope you all are well. If you haven't already, pick up a copy of my CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook." In my next post, I will start delving into the origins and influences of some of the songs. I will continue to perform solo for a little bit before I break out with a small band of friends who will play and sing with me. I'm really looking forward to it! I've mentioned many times before that I always plan an album ahead, so the new record way down the road will be called "The Potter's Wheel." I've written quite a few new songs for it that will take me in very interesting directions! Incidentally,  I just did an interview for Music Notez magazine, an e-zine that asked me some great questions. I'll post the link in the next blog! Keep coming back! BKT :)

Latest Update - March 23, 2019

Hello! I was just notified that I won the runner-up spot in the Unsigned Only Internet Radio competition which has led to MORE airplay for my music! That is quite an honor for me! My London trip is actually scheduled for mid-May and of course, I will be performing as well as getting some rest in-between. I have always loved the city and I'm really looking forward to going back there and my brother will be with me!:) I'm very excited about that because he has never been there before! Also, I have written more music for a future project that is already in the works! But now, my major concentration is on my latest CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook." My next blog here will begin an in-depth look into some of the songs. The first one will be about "Livin' without your Love," which is a song I wrote when I was just 14 years old. I normally play just about all of the instruments usually in my recordings, but this one has a special line-up I'll tell you about in the next blog, so keep coming back because I have a lot to share with you!:) BKT

London, Here I Come! - March 12, 2019

Hi gang! I plan to do a performance in London. Looking forward to it! Will tell you more !:) BKT

Oscar Night - February 24, 2019

All I have to say is that I PRAY that "Black Panther" wins SOMETHING tonight!:)BKT

Soundcloud ROCKS! - February 23, 2019

Hello! I just found out that my station on SoundCloud is one of the suggested stations! That is extremely flattering! Here's the link:

https://soundcloud.com/stations/track/byron-taylor-16/01-she-doesnt-know-it

Come back for more info! :) BKT

Getting Some Performances together - February 9, 2019

Hey gang! I'm planning some shows so keep coming back and I will tell you all about them!BKT :)

I Will Walk With You - January 26, 2019

Hello! I decided to upload another one of my songs from "The Byron Taylor Songbook." It's called "I Will Walk With You." Today, I was thinking about the time when I wrote this song. I was so smitten with a particular woman that the song basically  (pardon the cliche) wrote itself. Have you ever been so in love that you could hardly see straight? Of course you have! Well, at the time, I was thinking of strong imagery that would show my devotion to her and what turned out to be an unrequited love  turned out to be one of my most requested songs in concert but, hey: I look back on that time and smile because at least I got a song out of it!  In fact, it was played at a few weddings of which I am VERY proud. Click on the link in the MUSIC section and don't forget to pick up a copy of the CD which is available here as well as in CDBaby! :) BKT

Soundcloud - January 13, 2019

Hi! You can check me out on Soundcloud as well. Just copy and paste the link:

https://soundcloud.com/byron-taylor-16

 

 

Planning Stages - January 13, 2019

Hello! I hope you enjoyed the holidays! Now that they're over, I'm getting back to work, so continue to follow the latest developments here in my website news! :)BKT

Happy New Year! - January 1, 2019

Hello. I wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to sharing my latest news with you in 2019! There are a lot of events in the works and I will definitely keep you posted! :) BKT

Livin' Without Your Love - December 28, 2018

Hi! I've made a new song available for you to hear in its entirety from my new CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook." I wrote it when I was 14 years old and remains one of my all-time favorites! Enjoy!:) BKT

Happy Holidays! - December 26, 2018

Hello! I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday with family and friends! I enjoyed playing my new keyboard and coming up with new musical ideas! I think it's a good head start for the new year! :)There is more news to come so keep coming back! BKT :)

The Bitter End in NYC - December 14, 2018

Hi! I'm playing again at the Bitter End tomorrow during the open mic sessions starting at 1:15. If you want to come down, check me out, and say hello, please do! I'm pretty sure that I'll want to have a few full-fledged gigs there; it's such a cool place! Hopefully, I'll see you there either tomorrow or at future performances!BKT

With All Of My Heart - December 10, 2018

Hello! I hope that everyone is having a great holiday season! I've decided to include for a preview one of the songs I am most proud of in my songwriting life which is "With All of My Heart." It took me only 15 minutes to write overall;(I kid you not!). To say that the song adheres to the old cliche that "it wrote itself" would be appropriate for sure! Check it out! I played all of the instruments EXCEPT for the real strings and English Horn which I scored myself. I was blessed to study with the renowned Classical/Opera composer, Thea Musgrave, who taught me how to write for orchestra when I studied at Queens College back in the day:). What inspired me to write was a long-distance relationship I had a long time ago and trust me, I fell in love with her BIG TIME! However, it didn't work out after all, but the song is one of my favorite achievements. Just copy and paste in your web browser on the link below: I hope you like it!:) BKT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzhfWirEMrk&list=OLAK5uy_l38hOacrzT3pgXIuTmbaG8O3CzBO8KB5A&index=3

 

 

Playing this week - December 10, 2018

Hi! If you want to stop by and say hello, I'll be at the Red Lion this Wednesday after 9 PM performing and at the Bitter End again this Saturday after 1:15 PM this Saturday!:) BKT

Going Back to the Bitter End - December 4, 2018

Hi! I enjoyed playing at the Bitter End open mic so much last Saturday that I'm going back! I enjoy the artistic community there and the people are very nice! If anyone wants to meet me, the doors open around 1:15, so feel free to stop by and say hello! BKT By the way, I'll be at the Red Lion in NYC tomorrow at 9 with other musicians! :).

Open Mic Month - December 3, 2018

Hello! I can't believe this year is almost over! I'm going to spend this month performing solo at many open mics to get ready for performances next year! I'll keep you posted where I'll perform! Happy Holidays!:) BKT

About the Songs Part 1 - November 29, 2018

Hello! I'm so excited about my new release. "The Byron Taylor Songbook," that I thought I would write some things that have inspired the dongs. Let me start with "The Knight and The Queen." I wrote it as an anti-tragedy. Remember Tristan and Isolde? Antony and Cleopatra? Lancelot and Guinevere? Of course, you do! These legendary romances all ended with the same result: tragedy. Tristan killed himself and Isolde afterward (at least in the Wagnerian version); Antony committed suicide and Cleopatra followed; Lancelot went mad and Guinevere became a nun out of guilt because she cheated on her husband, King Arthur. In this case, I wanted to see what it would be like to invert the trope of classic fantasy romances (although Antony and Cleopatra really existed). What if the soldier and queen actually had a happy ending? That is what my song is about. Check it out on the BUY IT link on my welcome page in this site :). BKT

Gigs are forthcoming! - November 27, 2018

Hello! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm in the process of arranging gigs for next year in order to support my new CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook." Once they're finalized, I'll post the upcoming dates here! In the meantime, feel free to buy the new CD through this site! See you soon! BKT

New Formats - November 6, 2018

Hello! My new CD, "The Byron Taylor Songbook," is now available in digital formats like Spotify and Apple iTunes! It's also available through this site! Be sure to get a copy! Also, there will be more news to come! BKT :)

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