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 Posted:   Sep 3, 2010 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Lord, I love this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfqjKDRQvWI

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2010 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Man oh man...it has always been one of my favorites. The height of the story-song folk -pop age. A lovely, dense lyric to boot. I can listen to it daily. Not too fond of the "Sequel" however.


And who remembers the TV movie from the mid 70's with Martin Sheen, wasn't that based on the song?

 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2010 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   Johnnyecks   (Member)

Oh yes, that is a great song! I didn't watch the youtube video you linked, but I know the song from his "Greatest Stories: Live" album! Did you know that he wrote a follow-up song to that, a sequel to "Taxi" that is on his "Sequel" album, one of the last that he wrote!

My favorite song of his though, has got to be "A Better Place To Be" and from the Greatest Hits: Live album. What a fantastic version of such a solemn song!

I was a kid, probably 14-15 years old when I borrowed my brother-in-laws cassette of that album, and instantly fell in love with his storytelling! He is sorely missed!


Edit: Sorry Mike, I didn't read your post and saw your comments about "Sequel" until after I posted mine! smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2010 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

The orchestrations on the original track are exquisite. Sublime.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2010 - 3:08 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

This song (and A BETTER PLACE TO BE) always bring tears to my eyes. Gotta go dig out my Harry Chapin CDs now...

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2010 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Not to sully a perfectly good thread but, you know, there was also . . .



I'll bet that pink '70s collar could cut glass!

Here (one minute in), the Shat explains himself to Dinah, while Yul tries not to laugh out loud.



Bill came a long way since "Brothers Karamazov," didn't he, Yul?

When Shatner shouts "I've got something inside me!" I can't help thinking about John Hurt in "Alien."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2010 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

"ACTING!--THANK YOU!"

Jeez, the "transformed man" lives.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2010 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I love Harry Chapin.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2010 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Ryan Brennan   (Member)

I saw him in concert at my college. He sang "Taxi," of course.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2010 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Great song.

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2011 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I can't claim to share everyone else's love for Chapin's "Taxi", but seeing as this is a thread of '70s music appreciation, I thought I'd piggyback my own admiration for Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." That string section is, as Josh Mitchell might say, "killer."




We now return you to Harry Chapin's Taxi, already in progress. smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2011 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I can't claim to share everyone else's love for Chapin's "Taxi", but seeing as this is a thread of '70s music appreciation, I thought I'd piggyback my own admiration for Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." That string section is, as Josh Mitchell might say, "killer."



We now return you to Harry Chapin's Taxi, already in progress. smile


Another fine song.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2011 - 9:46 PM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

Steve,

I strongly recommend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Troubadours-Groundbreaking-Singer-Songwriters-60s/dp/B000HWYPG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302929025&sr=1-1


One of those books I read in one long eye-rubbing sitting. Each chapter is about a different singer/songwriter who has been pretty much forgotten.

If you like Chapin, there's a lot of interest for you in this.

And since I respect you so much I will keep my opinion of Chapin to myself. smile

(However, "Ain't No Sunshine" is one of my favorite songs, ever.)

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2011 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Steve,

I strongly recommend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Troubadours-Groundbreaking-Singer-Songwriters-60s/dp/B000HWYPG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302929025&sr=1-1


One of those books I read in one long eye-rubbing sitting. Each chapter is about a different singer/songwriter who has been pretty much forgotten.


It's certainly well priced. Plus it includes Tim Buckley, which in itself is a most wondrous thing.

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2012 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Another song I've been listening to obsessively is "Sister Golden Hair" by the group America, best known for their used-to-be-all-over-radio hit, "A Horse with No Name." Both songs give me that "Proustian Rush" of childhood. "Sister Golden Hair"--the first song I remember hearing that used the word "depressed" in the lyrics--is about that baby boomer staple, the commitment phobe wink, but the musicality of the song is what brings back all those denim bellbottom memories. The opening George Harrison-esque guitar opening does it every time, so to speak.


"Sister Golden Hair":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtfkgEaOJ-4


"A Horse with No Name":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2naehMUQpQY

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2012 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Taxi- let me say i liked the song both as music and very good lyrics but to be honest to me it holds a sad sought of suicide feeling in it by it's end, at least very downridden, since Taxi driver came out with the great Robert Deniro, i and others just can't separate the 2.there is some obvious common thoughts with that song and movie.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2012 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jonathan Edwards- "Sunshine" Sounds a bit like the "Letter People" theme from 1970s Public Television.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2012 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Two more to complete the "You Can't Go Home Again" America Quadrilogy.

"Tin Man":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zptfm1IXRGU

and the masterful "Ventura Highway":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5J54RVZjYs

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2012 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I never forgot on a late sunday night when a radio station played Taxi, then Macarthur Park, then American pie, all in order, a station probably couldn't do that in prime time?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2012 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

It was so tragic the way MR Chapin's life came to a end.

 
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