For Livingston Taylor, EAA 455955, the dream
of flight began at an early age.
Liv Taylor will
perform Friday night during AirVenture at Theater in the Woods.
Liv Taylor and his
1964 Cessna 205.
"When I was 4 years old, I saw a
commercial for Sugar Jets cereal where the kid would eat the cereal
and fly around," the veteran singer/songwriter recalled. "I just
had to get some of that. Then I went outside, ate a handful, and although
I did not fly, the idea of flying never left me from that point on."
In 1990, at the age of 40, he met Keith
Hughes, a flight instructor based at Hanscom Air Force Base near
Lexington, Massachusetts. "I called Keith the next day and began my
flight lessons," he said. Within 14 months Taylor had earned his
private ticket and an instrument rating. Today he flies about 200 hours a
year in his 1964 Cessna 205/A affectionately named, "Bertha."
The six-place aircraft is configured to hold 4 passengers and a large dog,
and Taylor uses the 205 for frequent trips between Martha's Vineyard (MVY)
and Hanscom (BED).
Taylor, younger brother of Grammy Award
winner James Taylor, will make his first visit to AirVenture Oshkosh this
year. He will also perform on Friday night at Theater in the Woods.
"I can't wait to go there," he
said, noting his plans are to arrive at OSH on Wednesday, July 29, sitting
in the right seat of a friend's Piper Meridian. "When I look at EAA I
see the most concentrated group of problem-solving people anywhere,"
he said. "I love the fact that EAAers are above all else problem
Taylor is greatly anticipating the
innovation on display in Oshkosh. "I fundamentally believe that the
future of the human experiment ultimately lies in our ability to explore
space," he said. "We must leave terra firma and learn how to
live in the atmosphere."
He'll also play a bout a half-hour set at
Theater in the Woods on Friday night, July 31. "I'll play mostly
those songs that I'm known for," he said. Plus he plans to perform
Hawk, December 1903," written about what Taylor calls "the
miracle of the Wright brothers learning to fly."
Taylor has recorded 16 albums, and his best
selling single was, "I Will Be In Love With You," which reached
No. 30 on Billboard. He still performs regularly and is a professor at
Berklee College of Music in Boston. Visit www.livtaylor.com
for more information.