Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hummingbirds”?
I wrote this song several years ago about a romance that fell apart after a short period of time and was just reflecting on that idea of people, places and things coming and going, so quickly, kinda like a pair of hummingbirds I guess you could say.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It may have stemmed from something specific but it evolved into an overarching idea about the life in general.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’m still considering it, among others on the new record, so stay tuned for that.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
There are 11 songs on the record and I think the theme of brevity in life kind of struck me with this song in particular, and seems to carry that theme throughout the other songs on the record even though they are about different subjects, the theme remains consistent.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well, most of the songs on this record took me only a few minutes to write. For me, I like to bring them out and perform them and see what shape they take on a solo acoustic level and then take them into the studio where it becomes more of a collaborative process with the band members who truly give the songs their own unique personality and vibe. I love just being a guy with a guitar who writes a song and then seeing how some truly talented and professional musicians sculpt it into something more permanent and tangible.
What role does Maryland play in your music?
Although I’ve lived in New York for just over a decade, and Georgia before that, my roots and my upbringing influence every single thing that I write and the way that I approach lyrics especially. I’m pretty happy that I haven’t lost touch with that.
What led you to blend Blues with Folk music?
I wouldn’t say that this album in particular is very bluesy or folky, but some of my previous work has been in that vain. I think it’s just a combination of the types of music I grew up with. Loved the old folk music from the 60s as well as bands like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc. I could never play guitar like those guys, but I think sometimes the influence may come out in other ways that may be more subtle.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Inspiration for me is hard to pinpoint. Sometimes it’s obvious what you’re writing about, but thankfully, for me it’s still such a mysterious and spiritual experience to write a song, almost like you’re compelled to pick up the guitar, start mumbling incoherently or humming and all of a sudden words and thoughts start to take shape. I never edit my lyrics, unless it’s cutting an “and” or a “babe” out when it comes time to jump in the studio because of phrasing or in order to leave more space. I usually just accept the song as is after it comes out.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am pretty laser focused on not only finishing up this record, but making sure that I release it in a smart way instead of just saying “Here it is” and handing out a bunch of CDS at a release show. After the release, I definitely plan on playing some shows out west and in the south.
What else is happening next in Josh Ward Taylor’s world?
I’m very excited to have 3, possibly 4 more singles to be released with individual artwork and possibly a music video in the coming months leading up to the release of the full length record. After that, I’m very much looking forward to performing and writing again for the next record.