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Ben Taylor - Benefit for Odyssey School Kids Garden
Grace Church
Bainbridge Island , WA
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Ben Taylor - Benefit for Odyssey School Kids Garden
Ben Taylor listens and thinks. A lot. In fact, the word Word is something Ben mulls over daily. It is, when you think about it, the only word that IS what it means. The meaning of word connects us  in any language  and this idea of communication is very important to Ben, as is the paradox of an individuated consciousness (think: ego) versus collective unconscious, that which unifies us all (happiness, fear, hate, love). Heavy? Not really, just a part of the ever evolving, highly intelligent, vulnerable, loving brain of Ben Taylor, musician, son, brother, friend and deep believer. Not only has Taylor spent the past few years thinking, he has also spent a lot of time LISTENING.

Listening is Ben Taylor's first album in four years, the last being the critically acclaimed The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1, which had CNN commenting that the album, "reflects the broad palette of pop" and Blurt Magazine declaring, "For some time now Ben's been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world."   Ben himself once described his work as "organically handcrafted songs," and given the painstaking thought and care he puts in to his art, who are we to argue? As a successful and eclectic independent artist for the past ten years, it isn't just anyone who takes four years to put out their next album (Listening being his fourth album).

Listening flawlessly fuses the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country, and is, as Ben says, "an evolution. Some songs were actually recorded four years ago, some were recorded a few months ago, and a few recorded a few weeks ago just in time to make it. This album runs the gamut from both the production style and the period of my life in which they were recorded. These songs are little windows into the last four years of my life." Ben was in no rush to record Listening because, for most of his career, he never limited himself with a deadline. A self-described 'late bloomer' musically, Ben didn't start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. "My scholastic career was not successful. My attention wanders, and I like to follow it. It's a creatively lucrative process for me. My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers."

When Ben isn't touring, he is actively raising funds for a community gardening project in his hometown on Martha's Vineyard.  "I work for the farming awareness group Island Grown Initiative, which has a number of different factions  apprentice training and gleaning programs, and raising bees, meat, and poultry on Martha's Vineyard. I believe in all of the organization's causes, but the scholastic version  Island Grown Schools  is the one that's near and dear to my heart."

"We raise money and work with the faculties and state scholastic people to make gardening a part of the actual school curriculum and try to accommodate the other things that need to be learned at the same time. Kids are growing stuff in greenhouses that they are eating in the cafeterias. That's a beautiful thing."

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Grace Church (View)
8595 NE Day Road
Bainbridge Island , WA 98110
United States


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Music > Other
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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