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"I've been doing this for so long. Ever since I was 3 I've been writing my songs and I've always loved performing my songs. It's just such a part of who I am," singer-songwriter Maria Taylor told Baeble when she stopped by for a fun and folky session. And you can tell she's telling the truth - she has been doing this for a long time. Her debut album, 11:11, came out in 2005 and since then she has released five more albums including her latest, 2016's In The Next Life. The album is a slight continuation of Taylor's reflection on life as a mother after giving birth to her children, whom she may have tried touring with when they were only four months old... Now that's dedication. (And "Up All Night" off of 2013's Something About Knowing is almost exclusively about that.) However, she also used the newest record as an opportunity to show the world that life, especially as a touring musician, doesn't have to go downhill after becoming a parent - in fact, it will probably get even better.

In addition to "Up All Night," Taylor also performed "Cartoons and Forever Plans," "If Only," and "Pretty Scars," and through her performance, it's clear that she's been doing this since she was 3. The arrangements of each song flowed so well and the melodies came so naturally... It almost sounded as if the songs wrote themselves. Effortless and pure singer-songwriter style lyrics are layered over pretty guitars swirling around in what feels like a dream. When listening to Taylor sing, it's hard not to imagine a lit up gazebo on a summer night, or a perfect picnic in a whimsical field on an autumn morning... When watching our session with Maria Taylor, her music will take your imagination to beautiful places.

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If only you could know Silhouettes in their shadows
Would it all be the same I go back where we started
Where we gave it all too soon But you know it comes back to you
So take me down 'Cause I see you when I close my eyes
Turn a corner, take me by surprise And what doesn't work on this first try
May be better in the next life And we'll laugh until the sun will rise
Try to talk but only get tongue-tied So I live until the living's done
Got a feeling there's another one
If all I ever do Is covered this world for you
And if all I've ever done Hang on for the long run
And all you'll never see Everyone breaking
So take me down 'Cause I see you when I close my eyes
Turn a corner, take me by surprise And what doesn't work on this first try
May be better in the next life And we'll laugh until the sun will rise
Try to talk but only get tongue-tied So I live until the living's done
Got a feeling there's another one
If only you could know Silhouettes in their shadows
So take me down 'Cause I see you when I close my eyes
Turn a corner, take me by surprise And what doesn't work on this first try
May be better in the next life And we'll laugh until the sun will rise
Try to talk but only get tongue-tied So I live until the living's done
Got a feeling there's another one
When I was pregnant with my first child, I toured a whole lot.
And then as soon as I had him, I scheduled an Asherah tour when he was four months old and took him on the road.
I just wanted like dive into doing both so that it didn't seem like such a big, hard, thing...impossible thing. I mean, just the whole sleep issue got to be hard, like touring, waking up at 6 a.
m.
, going to bed at 2 a.
m.
I pretty much took three years off because it was just too hard for me to figure out how to do it and now I'm missing... I started to just miss playing shows and writing shows so I just wrote this record, and I'm just kind of going to figure it out as it happens.
I'm going to take them on this tour.
I made sure it was a very short tour.
It's just nine shows so if it's a disaster, I won't do that again for a little while.
If it's good, then I'll do some more touring later this summer.
I've been doing this for so long.
Like ever since I was three, I've been writing my own songs and I've always loved performing my songs, and it's just such a part of who I am.
So yeah, I mean because I really...last night.. like, New York show and I played an L.
A.
show, but I've just started getting back into the whole show game.
But no, I did.
I had these moments where I had chills and I just remembered just how amazing it is, just the exchange of energy between you and people, and just doing what I love to do and what feels so natural for me.
This song is called Up All Night and it's about learning that I was pregnant and touring while I was pregnant with my first child, and the first couple of months after he was born, and just all about that transition.
Remember that day we got the news I was scared as hell and so were you
But I took your hand and we jumped in
I took you on tour But you were yet to be born
We crossed the ocean from shore to shore And our love was sworn then
And this need to protect you And so I pray the world is good to you
And I've been up all night But these are the best days of my life
And it's the time of the year for a Change and it's covered in love
You've taught me so much In just a few days
I'm a better woman in so many ways And I swear I'll give it all back to you
My mind's a mess and my back's aching I see you smile, I'd do it over again
And this is the beginning
And this need to protect you And so I pray the world is good to you
And I've been up all night But these are the best days of my life
And it's the time of the year for a Change and it's covered in love
And this need to protect you And so I pray the world is good to you
And I've been up all night But these are the best days of my life
And it's the time of the year for a Change and it's covered in love
In The Next Life, you know, my life is so different now so I really drew from my past a lot and kind of imagined my future.
For like the last three years, I kind of just do the same thing every day so I really had to dig from places, and I just felt like that was appropriate because then The Next Life could mean like right now where I am, or I just kind of compartmentalize my life into different lives within it.
And so In The Next Life could've meant from wherever I was writing from, like whatever comes next.
I don't know, for some reason, I feel like it's my best record that I've ever made and maybe it's because I took three years off.
And it was just so important for me to write this record to remember who I was and to show my kids what I do.
And also I just felt like it was important for other moms to know that you don't have to give up your life once you become a mom, because so many people, I feel like they think it's a choice.
You have kids or you have a career, but I was determined that wasn't going to be me.
I was going to have both.
This next song is called Cartoons in Forever Plans and it's kind of an old one.
A friend of mine, Michael Stipe, wrote this with me.
He was hanging out when I was trying to write it and I was frustrated because I couldn't come up with the verses.
And I already had the choruses and so he sat down and wrote all the verses for me and then sang on the song, so here it is.
Did you know the first time You were in my sights
And did you know that Look that I threw at you
And did you know Our love will never die
And did you know I can't Do this without laughing
And did you know no matter Where it takes us now
And did you know Our love will never die
The pretend season that we filled With cartoons and forever plans
I've seen it in your eyes I will be satisfied
And did you know Electricity favors us
And did you know I'm not reading into anything
And did you know Our love will never die
One, two, three, four... I will run away, I'll run away, I will run
I will run away, I'll run away, I will run
Our love will never die I will be satisfied
And did you know My glass was never empty
And did you know I'm not as fragile as I thought
And did you know Our love will never die
Our love will never die
So I was in Athens, Georgia because I used to live there and Michael had come over and wanted us to go... Michael Stipe...to a party, I was like, "No, I'm not going to go because I want to finish the song," and he was just like, "Well, do you want to help?" So I was like, "Are you serious?" And he's like, "Yeah.
" And so he said, "Okay.
Well, after the party, I'll come over and I'll help," and so I still didn't really think it would happen.
They were like, "All right.
" So, sure as hell.
I think it was like 3 a.
m.
, because we were like, "He's not going to come.
" You know, I put my pajamas on.
And then he knocked on the door and we just sat up all night long until the sun came up and I just played it over and over. I mean, he's so... Like he just would write.
Like we filtered through so many lyrics and for me, writing lyrics is a long process and it's not very easy for me.
But yeah, he just was pumping them out.
And then we just picked our favorite ones, my friend, Andy, and I did, and then he sang on it.
The last one was called Pretty Scars, and that's also on my new record.
It takes you down the path of my life and all the beautiful and tragic things that have happened that have shaped my life and shaped me.
I was born on a Friday, back in 1976 To a singer and a teacher
Who at the time were a perfect fit And they gave me what I needed
To go out on the road And their song still rings like an echo
And I was born on a Saturday, back in 1992
I had barely even kissed a guy Until the summer that I met you
And you played me Leonard Cohen
On a southside bedroom floor It was then I knew what the dark was for
And I'll stay here forever Like the strum on your first guitar
Time gave me steady wings Gave me love
Gave me all these pretty scars
And I was born on a Wednesday, back in 1999
Your heart stopped beating Right before you were alive
And part of me lies with you In your opiate embrace
I was changed ever since that day
And I'll stay here forever Like the gleam on a silver star
Time, like an endless swing Gives me love
Gives me all these pretty scars
And they were born on the first of May Once and twice again
The tears were streaming My head in my husband's hands
And I thought I knew of love The kind that knocked you off your feet
But man, I didn't know anything

Artist Bio

Maria Diane Taylor (born May 21, 1976) is an American singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray with Orenda Fink, as well as the band Now It's Overhead, both of which are signed with Saddle Creek Records. She plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar, and drums, and has collaborated with such artists as Bright Eyes, Moby, Abra Moore, David Barbe, and Crooked Fingers.

She released her first solo album 11:11 on Saddle Creek Records on May 24, 2005. Her second solo album, Lynn Teeter Flower, was released on March 6, 2007, also on Saddle Creek. She released an acoustic album titled Savannah Drive in fall of 2008. On March 31, 2009 she released her third full length, LadyLuck via Nettwerk Music Group.

Source: Wikipedia

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