Monday, March 30, 2009

Taxi - Live

Harry Chapin was always one of my favorite storytellers. His death in 1981 at 38 was a terrible tragedy, and I remember thinking that there would be nobody like him ever again.

He was unique. And as far as I can tell, there has been nobody since who has been able to tell stories like he could.

Today was a terribly rainy, nasty, icky day. Between the weather and the mood I was in for most of it, it wasn’t especially good. Sort of put me in a dark mood; one that is sort of appropriate for Harry Chapin’s music. And I’d forgotten that I’d put one of his live albums onto my iPod.

“Taxi” has a really interesting story behind it. At some point, I’ll find and put up his song “Sequel” – a continuation of the story. This video – though not my favorite performance of this song – is still worth sharing. Enjoy.

3 comments:

Michael Morse said...

Thanks, Walt. I haven't heard that song in a while, brought back some fond memories.

Karen Brook Westhaver said...

GREAT to hear this song again. Reminds me of another similar concept by Dan Fogelberg "Another Auld Lang's Syne" --- perhaps a "kinder gentler" though as poignant version in a different way. Here's a recording of it on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS-bFahMqwI Nice memories. Just imagine all the songs Harry Chapin still had in him? Such a loss. We've lost Dan Fogelberg, too (2007) also well before he should have gone.

Herbie said...

Taxi is my favorite Harry Chapin song.