October 28th, 2018
Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Waimea
Boston-born artist Livingston Taylor took the stage last Sunday afternoon at Hapuna Prince Hotel’s Kamani Room for a remarkable upbeat concert. It was an intimate setting, and the last night of his 2018 tour of Hawaii. Taylor recently told our Editor that he considers the Big Island to be “the most remarkable place on Earth.”
The talented Singer/songwriter/guitarist began an evening of storytelling, humor, and song with his original “If I Were You,” followed by a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”
Taylor played to an attentive audience who responded with spontaneous and heartfelt applause. He told stories of childhood, life experiences, and love. A man with his guitar, a smile on his face and the vibe of someone you would love to just hang out with.
He continued the evening with a collection of his original songs – “Must Be Doing Something Right”, “Everybody’s Just Like Me,” and “I’m Not As Herbal As I Ought To Be”, as well a cover of Nanci Griffiths’ “Once In a Very Blue Moon.”
As he put down his “Taylor” guitar and sat down at the keyboard, he told the back story of his next number. “I wrote this song to get myself out of trouble one Valentine’s Day,” joked Taylor as he started “First Time Love,” and then laughed, “But it didn’t work!”
The night ended with “Blue Sky,” a tune off of his 2014 album of the same name, which was followed by a standing ovation. As the audience continued to applaud, Taylor returned for a hana hou, and delivered the touching classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” The audience couldn’t hold back and sang along.
Thanks to promoter Blues Bear Hawaii for bringing this incredible entertainer to our beautiful Big Island. It was a night we won’t soon forget.
For the latest Livingston Taylor tour and music news, please visit his official website: https://livingstontaylor.com
Check out Big Island Music Magazine’s interview with Livingston Taylor here: https://bigislandmusic.net/talking-story-with-livingston-taylor/
Gary Hicks has a true passion for music! He works as a talent scout, artist management & development, musician, studio manager, executive producer, music journalist and radio personality.
All photos by Gerald Besson.