February 1, 1997
James Taylor is the sort of man who pines for the day when you could lay down 35 cents or so for the chance to gawk at deformed people. Only that's not the term he uses for them. To him, they're "human oddities." Sometimes, it's just "freaks."Attention PC Police: You missed one in Baltimore.Taylor is the chronicler -- extoller is probably the more apt description -- of that most puerile of entertainments, the carnival sideshow. Twice a year, he publishes Shocked and Amazed, a periodical that delves into that all but extinct phenomenon, which in an age before television, not to mention good taste, attracted tens of thousands of spectators eager to be rendered slack-jawed or, better yet, nauseated.
October 8, 1999
Rock and roll doesn't often make itself at home at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall -- particularly not when the Baltimore Symphony is in residence. But after hearing the orchestra perform with legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor Wednesday night, it was hard not to wish that rock were a more regular visitor.Not that the Taylor concert was a rock show in the traditional sense. Yes, there were guitar, bass and drums, but the guitar was acoustic and the other two instruments tastefully understated, with no massive amplifier stacks obscuring the viola section.
December 24, 2001
Not everyone gets what they deserve at Christmas, but this holiday season we've been blessed with an appropriately poignant and reflective song. Not a carol and hardly a jingle, reliable handyman James Taylor's low-key remake of the 1943 standard "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has stood out on radio stations this year like a still-rooted pine among garish Christmas trees. Old but new, borrowed and a little blue, it's timeless yet just right for right now. It's an unintended masterpiece.
June 26, 2004
On June 24, 2004, ELEANORA A. TAYLOR, loving mother of James B. Taylor, Sr. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer Lally, Jaime, David and James Taylor, Jr., beloved great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren. Loving sister of Louis, Charles and the late Edward and Aflred Rutkowski Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Shimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Road (Perry Hall), on Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. where a Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday at 10 A.M. Interment Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery
January 21, 1996
Jim Rose's "Freaks Like Me: Real, Raw and Dangerous" and "Freaks, Geeks and Strange Girls: Side Show Banners of the Great American Midway," a collection of essays. Both are new - "instant classic" is written all over them. Rose is the sideshow man for Generation X, his is an autobiography. The second has color plates, beautiful, high gloss reproductions that will knock your eyes out.MA - James Taylor, co-founder and publisher, Dolphin-Moon Press
August 28, 2003
On August 23, 2003 EUGENIA E. MELVIN of Columbia, MD. Loving wife of David Melvin; sister of Daisy Lindsay, Annie Gaillard and James Taylor; sister-in-law of Dora Melvin, Evelyn and Presper Melvin, Katie and Marie Taylor; also survived by many other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday, August 29 from 6:30 to 9 P.M. at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin River Rd., Columbia, MD, and Saturday, August 30 from 8:30 A.M. until hour of Service 10 A.M. at Mt Zion Baptist Church, 5101 14th St., NW. Arrangements by J.B. JENKINS FUNERAL HOME.