is learning from Don Henley
's example. "His point about waiting until you've got something worth releasing -- that's really valid," says Taylor, who began recording new songs this summer for an album that he hopes will come out early next year. "Ultimately, the only permanent record of my having been here will be what I recorded, and it should be good," he says. The album will be Taylor's first studio effort since 1997's Hour Glass
Taylor, a recent inductee into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, has a handful of new tunes under construction but only one shoo-in for the next album: "Belfast to Boston," a song he played during a performance that was taped for 1998's Live at the Beacon Theater DVD and video. "I'll live with songs for a long time before they complete themselves," he says. "I have to empty myself out enough that the things can come through."
Taylor won't do a full U.S. tour until next summer; he's now working on launching an official James Taylor Web site.
Written by JENNY ELISCU for RollingStone.com News