My new album is called Listening, after the name of one of its songs. A couple of years ago I noticed that I, like most of the performers I know, was significantly less skilled at listening to people than I was at being listened to by them. Nowhere near a crime, but certainly an embarrassing imbalance. After all, if we fail to discipline our listening, we miss many lessons, and when we fail to learn enough we run the risk of repeating ourselves. I don't want to hear myself saying the same thing over and over again any more than I want to hear anyone else doing it. As such I have resolved myself to listening more. The effect on my songwriting has been subtle, but I can hear it when I listen.
I often describe the songs I write as "folk music for mutts" because I've always enjoyed rather an eclectic spectrum of musical styles. You can hear it if you listen.
The most unique thing on this album is me. For better and for worse I have never been so much myself. My songs are honest, and thank god for that, because they are writing me just as sure as I am writing them.
Listening was released on August 14th, 2012.
Ben Taylor is a singer-songwriter based in Massachusetts. His three previous albums were released to great acclaim. He's been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and toured with Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler and Ziggy Marley among others.
Find out more about Ben Taylor at www.bentaylormusic.com.