“Subway Idol” in Chicago for a Concert

“Subway Idol” in Chicago for a Concert


Pop/Rock Musician Joe Taylor is a talented guitar player and vocalist who has spent much of his life writing and singing songs that has touched many people’s lives. A native of Toronto he moved to NYC a few months before 9-11, where he lost some of his friends in the terrorist attacks. It was not a good time to be in New York, yet he stayed there commuting back and forth to Toronto as he attempted to establish himself in the music industry.

Joe Taylor is a passionate and talented musician who has been working diligently to make a living at what he does best. He is a gifted entertainer with much to offer. His 70’s sound is filled with messages for all of us to identify with. His voice is magic and one of the best I have heard. Great range and tone, he owns the notes when he sings.

He has had success in the last ten-plus years he has been living in NY. He has collaborated with Jeff Gross who worked with the greats of Brian Wilson, Styx and Rick Springfield. He has also worked with Grammy winning engineer, Matthew Spindel, Don Henley, Tom Petty and George Bensen.

Yet, Joe still performs in the New York subways when he has time, where he connects with people. The NY Times dubbed him as the “Subway Idol” and two videos stories were made of him by this publication. He is booked all over the country with stints at the Mandalay Bay, House of Blues, festivals and many other venues, including here in Chicago tomorrow at Goose Island by Wrigley Field.

Joe Taylor is an example of a person using his innate skills and passion. It is a difficult journey trying to break out as a successful artist. Many have tried; many have failed after pursuing their dreams and not getting name recognition. Yet, Joe is committed. He believes in himself and keeps marching to his own music.

There is a lesson for all of us from Joe. Stay with our dreams and make our life work as we follow our passion. It takes focus, commitment and good self-esteem. So many of us just give up, just when we are about to make a monumental break-through.

We can all be inspired by Joe Taylor, who is an example of a person filled with hope, purpose and passion for his work. Will Joe become a household name? I am betting he will. But, right now he is touching others lives one by one as his fan base keeps growing.

I am one of those fans.

Check out Joe Taylor at Goose Island Wrigleyville (773/832-9040) on Friday, May 17. Show includes four to five groups and starts at 8pm. For more information on Joe Taylor his web-site is www.joetaylorofficial.com.


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  • Terri, you wild Cougar, hanging all over Joe like a woman who just celebrating her divorce........and I am jealous.........Joe - you lucky guy....having a great looking woman chasing you........

    meanwhile.....back to the job world....

    Don't you hate the phrase that employers are saying these days which is a "Good Fit" for their company?

    What is a "Good Fit" with these employers?

    I know a major company that hires mostly young eastern european ladies between the ages of 21 and 28, who are single, have nice long legs, tight short skirts and blouses that are two buttons open then where they should be..........of course, the people who hire these young ladies are males, with dirty minds.......

    Think of "Mad Men" of sexual way of the reasons why these young women are hired.....don't want to say the name of this major corporation that is located in the northwest suburbs and has a retail store in most major malls, but I think the CEO of this retail giant, should really look over the management of one his planning departments and their hiring practices.

    I was there for a job interview, while the women applicants had 40 minutes of interviewing, the males were in and out in less than 5 minutes......

    "Good Fit" can also mean, are you one of us?......I was told by another major company, I was not the right ethnic person they are trying to hire.....I came to an interview where the manager was hiring only "Hispanics" that week.

    I know, that is against the law, but a company and their lawyers will always deny what their people say in interviews.

    Another "Right Fit" I came across was the hiring manager (male) was Gay. Sorry, I am not getting my knees dirty. Everyone in the office acted like a "Flaming" homosexual. Not even going to bother on this point of wanting that job. I worked with many types of people, but I just don't like how Gay people start treating people when you are not one of "them". I am here to do a job, not ....too disgusting to talk about.

    So what is worst, being passed over for younger women who have little or no experience for a job and use their sex to gain the position?.........not speaking Spanish and born south of the border?......or not being hired because I was not Gay?

    If God can get me a winning lottery ticket, I can just laugh about it later in life.....and take Terri out for dinner.........lets hope Joe bought Terri a meal.

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