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Topic: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Orcas Island

    Unhappy Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    Hi everyone, a short time ago, I received some very sad news about John Taylor. Most of us on the forum know him as taylorchandler. John's doctor informed him that there is no treatment or cure for his cancer, and John would only has a short time to live.

    Dan Kury (dpdan) lives about five hours from John in Missouri and while they have never met, Dan's heart went out to him, and offered to help him any way he could. John asked Dan if he would create a nice recording from his finest and final work named Journey. Dan graciously obliged. I thought that other composers will benefit from John's music and be inspired to create their own masterworks, wherever they are in their life's journey.

    John writes.... "Journey started as a series of sketches in 2004. The first time my wife Robin heard them strung together, she described experiencing a journey through the different themes and textures, joy and sorrow, good times and bad. The title stuck. This piece has been revised a number of times with the addition of sections inspired by memories and changes in my life. I experimented with different styles and techniques, some worked and some didn’t. The Garritan community has, and will continue to have a meaningful, lasting impact and benefit for all those who pursue it. We are having a good day today. Thanks again, Robin and John."

    So, through telephone calls and emails, John and Dan were able to come up with a recording of his Journey.

    Please listen and reflect on John's finest work:


    Thank you John for gracing us all with your music and your life.

    With gratitude,

    Gary Garritan

  2. #2

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    Praise God for music to express where words fail.
    Garritan on GarageBand '08 using Intel iMac with 1.5G RAM
    Listen to my collection here

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Orlando, Florida

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    I remember my music in the night, With my heart I meditate, and my spirit doth search diligently:
    Psalm 77:6

    Our prayers are with you John and Robin.

    Keith Walls

  4. #4

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    Thank you Gary for posting this,
    and John, it was an honor working with you on your Journey.

    Thank you for the baton!

  5. #5

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    I am listening now in awe of the talent. First from the composer, what a wonderful piece of music; so many textures, such intriguing counterpoint. You weave a marvelous tapestry of sound and soul! My prayers are with you and your family. I have enjoyed the discussions you shared on the Friday Chat times.

    Secondly, Dan, what a fantastic engineering masterpiece. You are an inspiration to us all. You have a great talent and you share it with the world. Your musical ability transcends individual instruments. You have a true gift of organizing sounds into soundscapes of momentous proportions.

    My heart and prayers are with you always. Thanks for touching our souls!
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


  6. #6

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    John and Robin:

    Congratulations on the birth of John's music. Yes, I said born.
    Whenever a composition is played for the first time by any
    orchestra or ensemble, it is said to be "born."

    In your case, you had the most talented conductor and audio
    engineering specialist I have ever met--Dan Kury. Dan did a
    magnificent job producing John's music. In my opinion, the
    composition sounded "live" and that is the most important
    consideration when one listens to music.

    Dan is not only a master mixing engineer, he is also an
    outstanding human being. When someone really needs help,
    whether requested or not, Dan will volunteer his services without
    hesitation. Countless members of the Garritan Forum can attest
    to this, especially myself. In listening to John's music, I was
    impressed with his love for producing elegant orchestral textures.
    And, with Dan's help, John's music is now a record for posterity.
    That is one of the greatest aspects of creating music. It can
    help others long after we, as composers, are gone. Think of all
    of the masters of the past and what their music has become to
    millions of people all over the world. Mostly, what effect it has
    had on them..........

    Please know, John and Robin, that my thoughts and prayers are
    with you both. May you share many happy moments together because
    none of us knows how long or arduous our "Journeys" will be.

    Thanks for the music, John


    Jack Cannon--Toshiba laptop, 2.8 GHz CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, GPO4-JABB3-Auth. STEINWAY-Gofriller CELLO-Stradivari VIOLIN-COMB2-WORLD, FINALE 2009/11, RME Digiface, Cardbus, V-Stack---Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 8, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express.--MacBook Pro 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

  7. #7

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    No words, only admiration.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Wilton, NH

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    Thanks, Gary, for sharing this story with us.

    Thanks, John, for sharing your beautiful music.

    Thanks, Dan, for selflessly sharing your talent.

    Despite the sad nature of it, this is an inspiring thread.
    Trent P. McDonald

  9. #9

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    John and Robin,

    My heart and prayers are with you both as John faces that
    destination at which we all must inevitably arrive... if all too

    John, you will not leave unremembered. Our music is our
    legacy, that which lives beyond our days more surely than
    anything else we do when our time comes to move on to
    the next great adventure.

    And it is just that, I know beyond any shadow of doubt.

    Magnificently done, my friend; and a piece to which I shall
    return... listening to it speak for you into the future.

    I wish you peace.

    All my best,

    David Sosnowski

  10. #10

    Re: Journey by John Taylor - Please Read

    What can we do at a time like this than extend our hearts out to John and Robin to let them know that we have been touched by his life through his music and friendship in this forum. I wish you peace and serenity in this difficult time.

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