Doug (Robinson):EXCELLENT article! In the opening paragraph or two,
I was perplexed/"offended" that anyone would intimate that James Taylor
was a bizarre match to work with the MoTC. What could be further from the
truth?!?!But then Doug redeemed himself through the remainder of
this article by writing-up such an outstanding critique/review of the
concert.Wish we could have attended! I'll add my voice to the
others requesting that this concert be made available to watch online or on
BYUTV/PBS! PLEASE! Pretty-please!!
djk: The Tanner Gift of Music is not for LDS members only. People of all faiths
(and even no specified faith) attend these concerts. This gift was created in
the 1970s for the entire Wasatch Front community. O. C. Tanner and his friend
Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley worked together to foster unity in the community in
many ways, and this Gift of Music is one of the biggest/most famous ones. The
purpose was to create a series of free concerts funded by an endowment from the
Tanners which would feature the combined talents of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
and the Utah Symphony plus include renown soloists, choirs, and conductors as
guest artists in order to make these world-class concerts. Likewise, with the
technology now available some 40 years after the creation of the gift that makes
it possible for those outside this area to enjoy the concerts, any
broadcasts/DVDs that are made available are for the enjoyment and uplifting of
all people...not just LDS. (BTW, it WILL be broadcast, and James Taylor owns the
rights to release a DVD of the concert if he chooses.)
good for those whom live in utah. how about broadcasting on byutv so many others
can enjoy this. there are members outside of utah and idaho
Where can we watch a recording of the concert, would love to!
There will be a broadcast on BYU TV and I heard JT has the rights to a DVD as
part of the deal. The former I know for sure.....so look for it soon.
Went to a James Taylor concert several years ago in Casper, Wyoming and was
enthralled every minute of the evening. I can only imagine hearing this group
effort in person. Yes, I want the DVD for sure! He and the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir share the distinction of making music that touch the depth of our souls.
SOOOO annoying to hear those who received tickets did NOT attend. *frown* My
wife and I would have LOVED to go.
Hearing JT live or recorded is pure therapy. You simply can't listen to his
music without feeling better. He was the soundtrack for my teenage years and
numerous dates and was the first concert I took my wife to. I've seen him
in SLC, Germany, Italy and Tanglewood. I've raised my whole family and now
my grandkids on James Taylor. What a great idea to have him sing with the
MoTabs. I'm one of many who wants to know when this will be
broadcast and when there will be a DVD. This should be put on PBS during
There were several empty seats at the Friday night concert. I think anyone
could get in if they go to the North Gate of Temple Square and get in the
standby line early. It would be worth the wait. The concert was TERRIFIC!!
Hopefully the concert will be broadcast on BYUTV! Has anyone heard?
For anyone interested - last night there were plenty of empty seats after all
standby guests were admitted. I bet you can get in tonight!
Not bad for a man discovered by the Beatles.
Thanks to O.C Tanner and all those who help make the "Gift of Music"
program possible. Thirty years of music for the community! Thank you, thank
you thank you. The concert was wonderful. Perhaps working with JT
will loosen Mac Wilberg's style up a little. Probably not, but one can
That's great! I'd love a DVD of that concert as well. I've seen
James Taylor in concert and he is very personable.
I tried to be there but didn't make the cut for tickets. So sad. Bet it
was a great performance.
I will add my desire for a DVD for those of us who could not attend or at least
make it available on the Mormon Channel or BYU-TV.
One correction, which may point out the need for reporters to read the program
of the show they cover: the article listed a choir number "It's A Great
Night For Singing", it should read "It's A Grand Night For
Singing", a great song from the musical "State Fair".
My wife will be chomping at the bit, for a DVD of this, if one is released.
Hope the Choir will release a DVD of this concert. I would be enjoyed by all of
us who didn't get to experience it.
RoutReally comparing James Taylor to rappers? He's only been an
American mainstream performer with over a forty years of popularity and rappers
with little following and a few years of performing. Your comparison is weak at
best. Taylor and mo tab/symphony were terrific
Sweet Baby James! I wish I could've been there!
The choir has yet to do the simpsons, however,
Terrific concert. The choir and symphony was spectacular. James and his group
were fantastic and he genuinely seemed pleased to be there. I have never seen
James in a suit and tie. As always events at the conference center are first
Well-written article, Doug. Thank you. I was in attendance with my lovely
bride last night and could not have enjoyed it more. I laughed, cried and just
felt plain blessed to be in the presence of such wonderful artists. James
Taylor's music has always been, to me, part of my American, lexiconic
experience. What a treat...
James Taylor is that friend of the solitary-soul moments in life, where you find
yourself singing, "I only wish that I could see you again." He reaches
down to the marrow, as The Choir lifts Heaven-ward the Soul, and we rejoice as
re-united family, in the most harmonious of strains. Bravo! Well done all, and
an earnest thanks to Pres. Gordon B., love him all the more!
So what's next, rappers in tuxedos?