James Taylor played Verizon last night. Anybody there?
Was it really 1970, on a 3 a.m. drive beneath the oaks arching over St. Charles Avenue, that I first heard that bittersweet song about fire and rain? Anybody else have first-heard song moments? James Taylor's or anyone else? That's one of mine.
Another is "City of New Orleans," sitting outside a convenience store in Duson, La., right by the Southern Pacific railroad tracks. Summer night beer stop en route to Abbeville.
Looking around Verizon Arena ten minutes before James Taylor took the stage on Friday night, this writer, 19 himself, noted fans young and old alike — white-haired women in flashing red glasses scooting past a gaggle of teenagers, a wide-eyed boy of about seven clutching his father’s hand in a stairwell, and senior lawyers and businessmen sipping beer in a booth. When asked Taylor’s age, my own 14-year-old sister answered correctly. He’s 66. /more/
The Verizon Arena has announced that James Taylor will be in town the night of August 8. Tickets go on sale a week from today, on March 14, at 10 a.m., and range from $78-$99.50. And as if they saw this coming somehow, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has planned a tribute called "Shower the People: The Music of James Taylor," which will be held on May 3 at 8 p.m. and on May 4 at 3 p.m. /more/
“This is a really big room you have here,” James Taylor noted early in his April 29 concert at Verizon Arena. But then he proceeded to perform and relate to the crowd like he was in a tiny coffeehouse. /more/
Grab an early lunch at the Main Street Food Truck Festival then head north across the Main Street bridge to North Little Rock, where an afternoon of provocative speakers is planned for today's Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas. It's free and that could include some craft beer at the end of the session.
And speaking of violence: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will speak Monday in Little Rock at the Violence Reduction Network Summit. along with U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer of Little Rock.
Little Rock Central High School has a record number of nominees to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Somebody is getting an education in the school district, despite it being declared a "failure" by many.
Detroit newspaper writes story about factory worker James Robertson who walks 21 miles a day through the snow to get to and from a factory job paying $10.55 an hour. Story just about makes you cry at his work ethic. Good news should make you cry more.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.