"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.
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
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.