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Ben Taylor in Studio on World Cafe - 01/17/2006

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Ben Taylor the Son, 'Around the Sun'

Ben Taylor the Son, 'Around the Sun'

Ben Taylor in Studio on World Cafe - 01/17/2006

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A main challenge facing young artists is what Harold Bloom called "the anxiety of influence." Imagine, then, that you're a singer who writes understated, melodic songs — and your parents are Carly Simon and James Taylor.

Ben Taylor faced that dilemma when he embarked on his own career. His response — to channel his inherited talents into his own projects — can be heard on Another Run Around the Sun. The record follows up the well received Famous Among the Barnsof 2002.

Of his influences, Taylor acknowledges both of his parents have affected the way he creates songs — the music often reflects his father's approach, according to Taylor, while his mother taught him how to write lyrics.

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