If Taylor's performances at the Hannah Home Shelby are any indication of what we're going to hear on his next CD, the man will have those who doubted his abilities eating their words. Taylor Hicks is sounding better than he ever has. Mr. Hicks did not perform any of his new music, but he indicated he's definitely been writing new tunes, and it seems as if he's becoming satisfied with his latest work.
Folks at the Hannah Home Shelby function were treated to "Soul Thing", a tune he previously recorded on "Under the Radar". He also tossed out "Moondance" that great Van Morrison classic and Billy Joel's, "New York State of Mind". Mr. Hicks was in fine vocal form and presented the music with a touch of humor along with the ease of conviction born of having worked these tunes many times.
What made me fall for Taylor Hicks, in Season Five of American Idol, outside of his fabulous spaz-dancing, Mr. Hicks, as a musician, possesses an innate ability to work covers of music and give them the feel they're his songs. To use that overworked cliche', he makes them his own. It's the quality I picked up in this season of Idol's, Jason Castro. Apparently Castro made some kind of impression on Taylor Hicks; listen at the end of the "Soul Thing" video, he gives Castro a mention.
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"Soul Thing", the first and still continues to be, my favorite Taylor Hicks' tune. Excellent rendition, delivered in all the jazzy soul splendor that makes this tune so great. Taylor Hicks brought along Brian Less and Jeff Lopez of LiMBO, members of the band he performed with prior to American Idol.
Soul Thing from Lh1100 on Vimeo.
(Very nice, Mr. Hicks, throwing out Jason Castro's name. So, you did cast those votes, right? ha.)
"Moondance" ***FIXED*** (Thanks henry8, I need an editor, seriously. lol)
Moondance from Lh1100 on Vimeo.
"New York State of Mind"
New York State of Mind from Lh1100 on Vimeo.