Do you remember your first record? Your first concert? Your favorite artist from when you were that pizza face in sixth grade? Well this isn’t about that. This Long and Winding Road is about three artists/records that impacted/influenced you over the years –- you as a musician, Maria Taylor of Azure Ray, the indie rock band reuniting for a tour that brings them to the Hi-Dive on Monday. So let’s talk about your road.
“You know the lyric from the Beatles’ ‘Golden Slumbers,’ ‘Once there was a way to get back homeward.’ At the time, we lived in a neighborhood called ‘Homewood.’ And I always felt that that song was about me.”
6 years old
“While I was growing up, the Beatles were always on my dad’s stereo. Looking back, that taught me about song structure more than anything. And harmonies. I’m a sucker for harmonies, so I was definitely influenced by that. I wasn’t listening to lyrics, but I was entranced by the harmony and the structure.”
13 years old
“My very first compact disc was Carole King’s ‘Tapestry.’ I loved it for two different reasons. It was the first female whose songs I fell in love with. She’s such a badass, and she’s written all these amazing hits for all these other artists. And also this record is amazing –- and lyrically that record influenced me.”
25 years old
“When we first started working with Saddle Creek, one of our first tours was with Bright Eyes, and listening to his lyrics and how he crafts them — I’d never heard anything like that, and I’d never seen the process. That definitely upped the bar. It was like, ‘O shit, there’s so much you can do with lyrics and ways to be innovative.’ I was like, ‘I can do this.’ Because it was a friend, someone my same age – not some hero from the ’60s.”
Azure Ray plays the Hi-Dive on Monday. Tim Kasher and Tim Fite open the show. Tickets, $12-$14, are available at hi-dive.com.