Dear Mr Taylor,
I just watched you on YouTube, singing the chorus of “Purple Rain” on stage with your band and backup singers. Great harmonies, as usual. The audience sang along and so did I.
Did you know that I am excellent at singing harmonies? I can harmonize to anything (okay, I haven’t tried to with heavy metal, but…). I’ve spent many hours listening to your albums and harmonizing. The very first album I ever bought was JT. I wore that album out, taped up the spine of the album cover and tried unsuccessfully to keep the record from warping in the Maryland summer heat.
Anyway, a lot of time has passed since then and I just wanted to say that if you EVER need someone to sing harmonies to your songs, I would TOTALLY do it.
Some things to know about me:
- I don’t like to be out on the open ocean in a boat.
- I get bored after six holes of golf.
- Dark chocolate, yes, spicy foods, no.
- I’m a very comfortable alto but can also sing second soprano.
- I have a pure-sounding voice, more like Joni Mitchell than Janis Joplin.
- I don’t naturally have a lot of vibrato – think Judy Collins as opposed to Joan Baez.
- I have never met anyone famous, but I think Michael Keaton may have offered me some shelled peanuts in the Hudson River Valley once when I was walking at sunrise.
- I worked for a while as an administrative assistant at MacLean Hospital, where you supposedly wrote Fire and Rain. MacLean is a beautiful place; I can see how you might have been inspired there.
- I love dogs.
- I can fingerpick fairly well on a guitar but for some reason, I don’t strum all that well.
- I have never had stage fright.
Just to be clear: I am not interested in winning any contests or jumping out into the spotlight and stealing the show. I am just interested in ONE song, ONE night, as your backup singer.
I don’t have any heartbreaking life story to tell. No addiction, no life-changing car accident. My parents were kind to me. I received a good education all the way through graduate school. My family and friends are all very kind people.
I did, however, spend a good chunk of the last 20 years battling depression and anxiety. I turned to songwriting as a way to keep myself sane during the darker times.
I don’t have a lot of material, but I am proud of the songs I managed to bring into the world. I’m also very grateful for the light at the end of the tunnel. I really wouldn’t wish that kind of darkness on anyone.
Anyway, it never hurts to talk about your dreams, and singing backup with you has been a dream of mine for a long time.
I hope you are having a beautiful day right now.