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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedSinger-Songwriter Livingston Taylor to Attend First AirVenture
Friday performance at Theater in the Woods scheduled
Livingston Taylor

Liv Taylor will perform Friday night during AirVenture at Theater in the Woods.

Livingston Taylor

Liv Taylor and his 1964 Cessna 205.

For Livingston Taylor, EAA 455955, the dream of flight began at an early age.

"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 solvers."

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 "Kitty 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.

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