Friday, June 26, 2009

Maria Taylor: 'Cartoons and Forever Plans'

Brother Dean, a Capuchin friar in Sydney wrote me about this sweet tune by Maria Taylor with Michael Stipe on backing vocals. I'd never heard of her, but he says she was in a duo called Azure Ray.

Taylor reminds me of another Stipe collaborator, this one from 20 years ago: Syd Straw of the Golden Palominos, with "Future 40s."

It's not much of a song, but those jangly guitars sounded nice on the radio in 1989. A better tune featuring Straw's vocals is the Golden Palominos' version of Lowell George's "I've Been the One."