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  1. I've Always Been Young
  2. Dear Sister Moon
  3. Just like Every Other Woman
  4. You Did it to Me
  5. Can't Wait for Your Love
  6. The Night You Told Me
  7. Time to Let it Die
  8. Joint Custody
  9. I Understand
  10. Love Shows Me the Way
  11. Daddy's Paddy Wagon
  12. Fibber McGee
  13. Don't Apologize for the Lies
  14. Winter Flowers
  15. Dancers at the End of Time
  16. White Birds

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 Performers:

 Constance Taylor: Vocals
 Bill Ring: Guit, midi, vocal
 JohnPendley: Keyboards
 Abrahm Stuart: Fiddle
 Peter Pasco: Banjo
 Bob Ross, Pete Fand: Bass
 Bob Lepre: Drum program
 
 Notes:

 All songs by Constance
 Taylor, except: 
 6) Music by Rick Barse,
 lyrics by Nevele Adams
 13-15) by Bill Ring
 16) Music by Bill Ring,
 poem by WBYeats

 Produced and engineered
 by Bill Ring

 ©2002 Constance Taylor
10 Years Before
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  1. Penelope's Song
  2. Reality
  3. Dinosaur Blues
  4. The Boys Can't Take It
  5. When a Man's Got the Blues
  6. Marijuana Madness
  7. Empty Without the Love
  8. Ladies in Waiting
  9. Waiting
  10. The Most of All

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 Performers (song no.):

 Constance Taylor: Vocals (all)
 Dan Guaraldi:Keyboard(1,2,4,5,6)
 Alan Hall: Piano (3)
 Jack Minger: Trumpet (3)
 John Howard: Alto Sax (3)
 Brian Campbell ; Tenor Sax (3)
 Pete Alan: Bass (3)
 Hugh O'Donnell: Drums (3)
 Marc Clearwater: Keyboards (6)
 Rick Barse: Keyboard (7)
 Bob Sims: Drums (7)
 Bill Ring: Guit (9,10), midi (8,9)

 Notes:

 All songs written  by
 Constance Taylor

 Produced by: 
 Dan Guaraldi (1,2,4,5,6)
 Alan Hall (3)
 Rick Barse (7)
 Bill Ring (8,9,10)

 Photos by:
 Sheila Schloss (front cover)
 Johhny Ace (back cover)
 Graphic Design: Bruce N. Solotoff
 ©2002 Constance Taylor

 Dedicated to Rick Barse
 (1948-2001)
Lady in Waiting
     
 Featured Songs:
 Marijuana Madness  Medical Marijuana Anthem
 Come On!  A Liberal rant in one progressive movement

I am first and mostly a songwriter. I write in many styles, including early jazz, folk, rock, country, blues. I have also written songs for a street theater/cabaret production based on scenes from Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, mostly for the women in the play.

I sing my own songs as well as jazz standards, and I have performed with the Apollo Jazz Group, a swing band; and the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra, a 20's and 30's big band. I have also performed as a dancer with many bands, including Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I studied modern dance throughout my childhood, and Isadora Duncan dance in adulthood, for over 15 years. I have danced in numerous festivals and parades, both in New York and the Bay Area, for the past 20 years.

In the early 80's, I was a member of the Coop, a musicians' cooperative in New York, where I performed my songs at a popular local club, the Speakeasy, as well as Gerde’s Folk City and other well-known clubs. I lived in Nashville in 1988 and was in the chorus of a weekly TV show, Bobby Jones Gospel -- quite a departure for me, and I loved it. Our chorus also appeared at the Nashville Summer Lights Festival and in the Tennessee Repertory Theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. I moved back to New York later that year, then to San Francisco in 1995, where I have performed my songs at various venues and at the annual Bay to Breakers race.

Having grown up with classical, Broadway, and folk music, I consider a good melody most important in a song, as well as lyrics that make sense. I love the process of songwriting, though I agree with Randy Newman that it can be "agonizing." (But exhilarating too, Randy!) I love performing, and consider recording a necessary evil -- though it gets easier over the years, thanks to technology and a more positive attitude.

I recently put together two CDs with Bill Ring from old recordings. The first is “Bootleg” and the second is “Going Free” – a compilation of “songs of the soul” with spiritual themes. I wanted to make as many of my songs available as possible, even though the sound quality is not up to my usual standards. In the future I will rerecord some of these songs.

In the meantime, my CD, Lady in Waiting, is available on CDBaby.com. I'm really into variety, and this album includes many styles: romantic Celtic-type ballads, swing, bluesy folk, and a medical marijuana song.

Also available from CDBaby.com is my previous album, 10 Years Before. These are songs I performed with Bill Ring and Ironwood many years ago. Eleven of the songs are mine. "The Night You Told Me (My Body Was a Must)" was written by Rick Barse and Nevele Adams, both deceased and dearly loved. The last four songs are four of Bill's best and some of my favorites. Altogether over 70 minutes of music! The style ranges from folk to blues to rock to country. Click song titles on the song lists above hear them. Click the button to purchase CDs or MP3 downloads.
       

My earlier releases include:

  • Dinosaur Blues (2000) Released at the Burning Man festival.
  • Nobody Dances (1999)
  • Waiting (1998)
  • Cool Dolphin (1995) With Bill Ring. Folk/Blues/Country. Most of the songs from this tape are on 10 Years Before, or on Bill Ring and Friends.
  • About Time (1990) Mostly jazz standards plus White Birds (included on 10 Years Before.)
        
          
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