“Got my medal, feel so proud, James ‘fire+rain’ Taylor.”

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again

Sweet Baby James was “among the 20 performers and intellectuals awarded the National Medal of Arts or the National Humanities Medal at the White House”.

Taylor also took part in an unofficial tradition of visiting dignitaries, descending a staircase to the room below the White House press briefing room to scrawl a note on one of the walls. His reads, “Got my medal, feel so proud, James ‘fire+rain’ Taylor.”


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