The style is a blend, as with a blend of fine wines, of folk, rock, classical, jazz, and country--let's call it Blend.
This is a collection of songs written over the last 49 years, a seemingly Endless Road. I wrote Morning’s Coming and Lonesome Song in 1969 when I was 15, and I wrote Gotta Go Now and the music to Another Broken Heart in 2018, when I was, well, you can do the math. All the others were written somewhere in between. The old songs have been asking to be recorded for a long time, but other projects always shoved them back. I’m extremely happy to finally get these done, and I hope you enjoy them.
Love, Gary aka Gary Frank Taylor
A beautiful, solo instrumental album of classy, jazzy, heartfelt arrangements.
Gary's arrangements are first class and his playing is from the heart. This music is perfect listening for a road trip or a candlelight dinner; but please don't limit it to those occasions only. It's great music for any occasion!
Gary says: Man Sitting in Chair Playing Guitar is my all new, all instrumental guitar CD. I say all new, meaning the recording is all new. The songs are actually not new, but they are all great favorites of mine and yours (you’re wondering how I know this). Songs like, Over the Rainbow, La Vie en Rose, Penny Lane, Ticket to Ride, and much more. I did throw in one original which may not be one of your favorites yet, but I hope it will be soon. It’s the one called McMulligan & Reigh. I hope you’ll give them all a listen.
Charles Dickens' story, told in song, with all original Christmas music from the heart of Texas, done Broadway-style.
I wrote this music for a show-a musical: Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" set in Texas. The concept belonged to my friend and co-writer, the late Gary Moody. I hope you will add listening to these songs to your Christmas traditions. Below are some excerpts from reviews of the show.
"...music and songs were of such surprising quality they could compete at the CMA Awards or go into stores as Christmas classics." Mary L. Clark - The Column
“..."Oh Ebenezer/Lie to Me" hints at the rhythmical complexity of Sondheim, and makes you want to holler out, 'Encore!' with its melodious harmonies and soaring sadness.” Alexandra Bonifield - Critical Rant and Rave
“The music is the heart of this Texas-ized version of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' timeless story that has become a holiday cash cow (longhorn, in this case) for many theaters.” Mark Lowry - TheaterJones.com
Gary's style varies from song to song and has been described as "a whole new genre". Here, Gary and wife, Donna, sing "Christmas Morning" from his Texas born musical, "A Lone Star Christmas Carol".
Finally! A new holiday love song! Gary and Donna are a tight harmonic duo. They sing and play originals and covers. Gary's originals have been described as "a whole new genre", as many of his songs defy being squeezed into any existing category. With an amazing reach of the left hand, Gary plays acoustic guitar with a truly unique style. Donna has a rich alto voice, blending beautifully with Gary's. Listening to Gary and Donna, you hear, commitment, fun, and love. Gary has been writing songs since he was 13 and has written music for two musicals in addition to many stand-alone songs. Gary has a double major in math and music; he also arranges and orchestrates.. The two of them have been school teachers for many years, but are now making a career change back into music. Gary has actually kept one foot in the music world even while he was teaching math for a living. He co-wrote the musical "A Lone Star Christmas Carol" with his friend, the late Gary Moody. The show was produced at Ft. Worth's Circle Theatre. "CHRISTMAS MORNING" is a cut from the this musical. Gary's other musical, McMulligan & Reigh has been performed as a concert with symphony orchestra and as a children's play.