This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Happy Birthday JT

Today is James Vernon Taylor's  birthday.  He was born in 1948 in Massachusetts but moved with his family to Chapel Hill North Carolina when he was two years old.  They lived in a very rural area known as Morgan Creek which James described as follows:

"Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people."

I can relate a little with how he attributes his environment as a significant factor in his childhood years.  Growing up in the country with woods and fields and water all around you naturally will help shape your life perspective.
McCoy Road
However, growing up in Buzzy's Country Store as I did with people all around and interacting with them on a daily basis also helped shape my perspective, much more so than playing in the woods ever did.  Unlike JT, I can't say that it was my environment more so than it was people who most influenced my development as a kid.  (In shrink speak they talk about discussions like this as the Nature versus Nurture Debate.)

JT discusses his growing up days in this song:

Since it's Two For Tuesday here is another nice little "Taylor tune" for you.  Ben Taylor even references his dear old Dad in a couple of places e.g. "just call out my name" at 1:39 mark. 

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