Poet and a Beat

from by Taylor Raynor

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"Another beat on a famous street" -Matthew Fowler

I've had a continual interest in the beatnik lifestyle. The quintessential bohemian artist that doesn't care about anything. They smoke and drink and write poetry all day. Cool cats. I want to be an artist who creates something that makes somebody feel something. "I'd like to make you feel as I have felt before". I want to be like these great artists and legends that I look up to.

The last few lines in this song mention a "wise friend" who's "not a religious man". This refers to lyrics by Matthew Fowler. I remember hearing him sing these words and feeling something powerful. I wanted to quote him in this song because his statement resonated with me and fits the idea of this song. Thanks Matt!


I'd like to be a poet and a beat
But how can one compare to the greats
I feel so small like I'm nothing at all
I just wanna be someone who creates

I'd like to be an artist on the street
Meeting people just the same
To contribute on a level that greater than myself
Then maybe someday somebody will know my name

I'd like to make you feel as I've felt before
Through a song and a story and a dream
Like a wise friend once said
He's not a religious man but he hears god in the music sometimes

I feel it too
I hear it too
I feel something in the music sometimes


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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