Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Taylor Touches Hearts

We all know how a song can touch us deeply. There is a song called Daddies Girl by Red Sovine and ever since my Father passed away that song makes me cry every time I hear it, not because it makes me sad but because it causes me to remember how much my Dad loved me and how much I miss him. Waiting on The World to Change by John Mayer is another song I never grow tired of. We are all waiting on the world to change and this song just reassures we all crave the same thing a happy and safe world. There are many other songs that deeply touch me. But sometimes in life there is a artist that touches people as deeply as a song does. Elvis Presley was the first artist that touched me so deeply and I have always had a special place in my heart for Elvis. Just the mention of Elvis can put a smile on my face. It isn’t because of the music as much as it is the MAN himself.

We all know that near the end of Elvis’ life he changed drastically, the life of being so famous drug him down. But when Elvis first became famous there was not a more kind or generous man around. Elvis started from a poor home but he had such love and respect for his Mother and he let everyone know this. There are many stories of Elvis giving cars and ETC to those in need. Elvis’ fans are so devoted that even though he has bee gone for many years they are still devoted to him. He touched their hearts and they held him their dearly and still do.

Now there is Taylor Hicks, now many will say he does not have the best voice. I love Taylor’s voice, I love 99% of every song the man sings. I do admit though he may not have the world’s #1 Best voice, but it is not just the voice that keeps me involved in Taylor. It is the man himself, the fans, the way he treats the fans and just the whole package.

I just read a story at of Taylor being at Hagerstown, Maryland and Bruce Torres talks of stories from those standing in line to get tickets for the show. As I read this I felt chills and it touched me so much. Whether Taylor realizes it or not he touches the heart of his fans in more ways than he could have ever imagined when he first auditioned for American Idol.

Some people think it is silly the way fans act over Taylor Hicks but this southern man is not just a singer, he is a man that struggled to get where he is, he had many obstacles in his way but he was determined to get past these and make it. Fans can relate because we all have had obstacles that have deterred us in one way or another. Taylor is proof that sticking with it pays off.

Taylor makes a special effort to relate to the children and the disabled. His compassion for others touches people deep within their heart. At a time when the world seems to be at its craziest, when compassion for your fellow man seems a rare commodity, when others are Waiting on the World to Change, Taylor Hicks, one Heart and Soul at a time is making the world change. It may be just by brightening up the life for a fan for a brief second, by signing a CD or handing a harmonica to a child but no matter what, for at least that brief second the fan feels touched that Taylor Hicks, this man who does not have to give his time to the fans, does anyway.