North Carolina Ponders James Taylor Bridge
The Orange County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners will vote tomorrow night (May 21) on a resolution asking the North Carolina Board of Transportation to name a bridge after singer/songwriter James TayloThe Orange County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners will vote tomorrow night (May 21) on a resolution asking the North Carolina Board of Transportation to name a bridge after singer/songwriter James Taylor. The bridge on U.S. 15-501 south spans Morgan Creek in Chapel Hill where Taylor grew up in a home overlooking the waterway.
Taylor even refers to a day spent "half a mile down Morgan Creek" in his song "Copperline" on his 1991 Columbia album "New Moon Shine." The board must agree to the name change because the bridge, part of a widening project, is on state property.
Chapel Hill resident Alan E. Rimer initiated the request to name the bridge after the man whose hit "Carolina in My Mind" has become the state's unofficial anthem. Rimer made the request on behalf of the Chapel Hill Museum board of directors, on which he serves. The museum plans an exhibition about the 54-year-old singer and hopes to coordinate it with a bridge-naming ceremony.
"It would be nice to have that as a parallel to the exhibit," museum director Morgan Kinney said. "Everybody loves him and loves his music. Its appeal cuts across generations." Kinney said the exhibit also will focus on Taylor's boyhood in Chapel Hill, where his mother was an active volunteer and his father was dean of the UNC School of Medicine.
Taylor is not expected to tour North America this summer but does have two shows on his schedule: July 17 at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., and Aug. 16 in New York for the weekly summer concert series as part of NBC's "Today."
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