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Best Music: A Love Song for My Man

Day 3 of the song challenge asks for a song that reminds me of my crush. Well, I don't have anyone I would refer to that way, but I have been with my husband for almost 19 years now. When we were courting we discovered we had a shared appreciation for bands like Styx, Jethro Tull and Queen, and for solo artists like Ozzy, Kenny Rogers and James Taylor.

Before I met the Wolf, I think my favourite James Taylor songs were “Fire and Rain” and “How Sweet It Is.” But in the early days of our relationship, “ Something In the Way She Moves ” came to have a special meaning for us both.

James Taylor's Guitar Playing

The song is backed solely on acoustic guitar, which allows Taylor's unique playing style to really come through. He developed his particular method of finger picking after having studied cello. It was a mixture of this cello background, and playing around on his sister's keyboard. When Taylor plays the guitar, he plays it almost as if it were a piano.

James Taylor and the Beatles

One of the really neat things about this song is that it inspired the Beatles' George Harrison to write his own hit “Something,” which begins with the same opening line. But James Taylor's song also contains a bit of a reference to the Beatles in its lyrics.

The closing lines of the song are:

And if I'm well you can tell she's been with me now.
She's been with me now quite a long, long time and I feel fine.

~ James Taylor, “Something In the Way She Moves”

And of course the last few words are a nod to John Lennon's song, “I Feel Fine.” I'd never really thought about it because it's such a common expression, but James Taylor mentioned it in response to questions about Harrison using his first line. Honestly, I don't know why anyone would even think of that sort of borrowing as stealing. It's so common among artists, and really it's a sign of respect. It's just taking a phrase and going to a completely different place with it....

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Image credit: James Taylor by Columbia Records/Wikipedia (public domain)

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BodieMor wrote on July 3, 2015, 11:30 PM

I love James Taylor and love that song as well! Makes me want to go find an old CD and listen to it!

JohnRoberts wrote on July 4, 2015, 10:57 AM

James Taylor with hair!!! Ah, so symbolic of how some of us have grown older when we can remember a young long haired Sweet Baby James.

celticeagle wrote on July 4, 2015, 1:02 PM

The song you mention is lovely. On YouTube I listen to Taylor and B B King playing. It was great blues.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 4, 2015, 11:40 PM

I am afraid that I have not listened to James Taylor that much. A bit before my time.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 5, 2015, 10:40 AM

I know the version with Carole King. It's definitely a pretty one! He harmonizes well with a female voice emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on July 5, 2015, 10:41 AM

You have to like a soft folksy rock sound to appreciate him.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:17 PM

I so like listening to that kind of music but I rarely get a chance to enjoy it. No one else here at the house will listen to it.

cheri wrote on July 6, 2015, 9:11 PM

I love James Taylor and even Carly Simon. I love folk songs