It’s been a long day, one you’ve spent running around and where nothing seemed to fall easily into place. If you’re looking for a moments escape from the crazy world, then dive into the comforting, acoustic rock, folksy music of Connecticut based singer–songwriter Shawn Taylor.
Taylor may now be a Shelton resident, but he met his wife in Stonington and over the next several weeks he’ll be playing around Stonington and Mystic.
“I love the rustic New England feel,” Taylor said of the area. “Plus I see more Red Sox hats than Yankee hats like I do in Fairfield County,” Taylor, who grew up in Massachusetts, added.
Taylor grew up singing, started performing in college at open mike nights and parties, but didn’t get serious about song writing until after college.
He graduated with a degree in creative writing intending to write novels, but during his studies became more interested in short stories especially in the form of songs.
His propensity for songs comes across in his music. Each song is a story full of imagery with the music allowing the listener to be transported briefly to another time and place—quiet Sunday afternoons by the water, busy lives, working hard, creating a better life for the next generation—each of the songs of his newest album “Free” tell a tale almost anyone can relate to and that connection creates a soulful work of music.
Taylor said as music and writing has always comforted him, that feeling might surface in his music even when the songs may be about uncomfortable themes that reflect the times we live in.
In this area of mass marketing, one hit wonders, and YouTube sensations, Taylor believes independent musicians working with less constraints than solely what sells are better able to cultivate music that represents people and communities.
“Music is food for the soul,” said Taylor, who encourages people to listen to a variety of music. “It you don’t round your diet, you become malnourished.”
Taylor is currently writing and doing preproduction for an upcoming album that he hopes will be out in the spring of 2012. He’s also in the process of booking his summer tour where he hopes to give his music a bigger and broader audience.
March 9: from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
March 11: from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
March 19: Riverwalk from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
March 20: from 3 to 5 p.m.
April 6: Ancient Mariner from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
April 8: Riverwalk from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
April 16: Riverwalk from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.