Artist That Doesn't Write

from by Taylor Raynor

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I thought if I drank a bunch of whiskey and recorded an album I'd come out with a raw and emotional product. This would be how I access the honesty needed to make a great record. Strip away layers with every shot of Jack. But these songs mean a lot to me and I don't need any alcohol to portray that. I look up to these beatnik authors, artists, and musicians who would drink and smoke all day and they would make art on the side. They were just depressed and scared and tried to drown their loneliness in alcoholism. It's definitely not cool or smart to live like many of my idols did. That's what this song is about.


I am an artist that doesn't write
I go to a bar and get high every night
My throat hurts and nicotine flows through my veins
But I do it anyway

I used to live life in rosy hues
But now it's just my bloodshot eyes in the rearview
Still drunks from yesterday
When will I learn from my mistakes?

I look up to all the wrong people
My bible is just the words of my idols
And all the saints I praise
Have ended their lives in their own way

A beat in a bar is just another fool
Just a burnout thinking he's real cool
So smoke your cigarette, write your poem and put that gun to your head
I'm done following in your footsteps


from It Could Rain, released November 30, 2018


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Taylor Raynor Tampa, Florida

Hi, I'm Taylor Raynor, a Tampa based singer-songwriter. My goal is to write and perform music that is meaningful and true. I hope that my music can make someone feel the way music makes me feel. My influences are Nick Drake, Bright Eyes, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and all the sad folk and indie music I've ever heard. I play guitar and violin and I love to write. ... more

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