James Taylor doesn't mind singing "Fire and Rain" again. And again. And again.

In fact, the singer-songwriter actually relies on his old hits."I like those songs too. And they help. The state that I'm in when I go on (stage), I'm very anxious, and I'm very concerned with it going well," Taylor told TV Guide.

Taylor said much of his life is reflected in his music, and he carries a tape recorder with him for those times when inspiration strikes.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Birthdays: For Monday, May 25

Singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall 62

Actor Ian McKellen 59

Actress-singer Leslie Uggams 55

Actress Connie Sellecca 43

Actor-comic Mike Myers 35