, Newburyport, MA


October 3, 2013

For local musician, new CD worth the wait

Firehouse concert to celebrate release of Lynne Taylor's second solo album


“When I am moved by something, I just feel inspired to write,” she said. “I start with the music. I will play something that is somehow expressing how I’m feeling, and the words will just come.

“A lot of times, I don’t know what the song will be about until I finish it,” she said.

“When Lightning Strikes,” which was recorded in Newburyport at producer Tom Eaton’s studio, Universal Noise Storage, is an eclectic collection.

“Each song on this album is truly its own little story,” Taylor said. “They all have different flavors. Some songs are pretty rocking, some songs are like cello and piano, some songs have a Latin feel.

“The thread that really ties it all together is piano and my voice,” she said. “People tell me I have a really unique and powerful voice.”

Though she can’t really single out a favorite tune, she does point to two “that really seem to move people,” “No Words” and “Pablo’s Glue,” which is the fictional tale of a street urchin.

In addition to Miller, who is featured on the CD, tomorrow’s concert will also include drummer Charlie Farr, guitarists Scott Solsky and Mark Toolan, bass player Ed Passarella, and backup vocalists Nickie Farr and Liz Frame. Veteran singer-songwriter Lucian Parkin will open the show.

“They’re all just incredible musicians,” said Taylor, a River Valley Charter School teacher who is married with two grown daughters and a 2-year-old granddaughter.

Taylor said she is also really looking forward to performing with Exit Dance Theatre, whose dancers will present choreographed pieces to several songs while the band plays them live. Taylor has collaborated with co-founder Fontaine Dubus in the past and said they have been looking for a way to work together again.

“I feel really honored to be able to bring this, something a little fresh and different, to this community that has really supported me and nurtured me,” Taylor said.

If you go

What: Lynne Taylor CD Release Party

When: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.

Where: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport

How much: $15

More information: 978-462-7336 or

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