Dennis Taylor

Profile Updated: December 9, 2021
Residing In: Lincoln, NE USA
Spouse/Partner: Rebecca Bramer, Manager, Tarot reader at Bodhi Imports, Lincoln, NE
Occupation: New Age Musician/Composer, former Recording Artist at Grass-Tops Recording, Minneapolis, MN
Children: Our Three Sons: Julian, born 1972; Justus, born 1973; Jamal, born 1976. Also, two daughters-in-law, More…Ashley (Julian) and Vicki (Justus)And grandkids...Isaac 16. Samuel 13, Corrine 11, Vivian 5, Camden 2.
(for those from the old neighborhood, Sam and Corrine went to school at our other alma maters...Merle Beattie and Irving, Sam now a freshman at Southesat!...the "Beat" goes on.)
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I have the good fortune to have had a long career (over 50 years) in music...my goal since the age of 11. I dropped out of UN-L in my 2nd year, as I was already making a good income from playing in my rock band. I then pursued a career as a singer-songwriter, which peaked at age 20, when my childhood dream came true and I opened at Pershing Auditorium for Fleetwood Mac and Wishbone Ash, to an audience of 3,000 people. After that I continued to perform and record, both as a solo guitarist and in various rock and jazz bands, and I also was lucky to have a 2nd career teaching guitar, from 1973 until I retired from teaching and playing in bands in 2008. My last major project was composing and performing the soundtrack for "Stories of Home", a feature length documentary of a 5 year long Lincoln Arts Council project, which premiered at the Ross Theater in January of 2007. I performed my own new age/world fusion music at The Oven Restaurant in Lincoln, on the first Sunday of every month, for 25 years, from 1989-2013 and still perform occasionally for services at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and at special events at Bodhi Imports. In 2015, my 1983 solo guitar album, "Dayspring" was remastered and reissued on cd for national and international release, by Grass-Tops Recording of Minneapolis. It has been a great gift to be able to express what I feel in my heart through music, and to have the music touch other people in a positive way.

My beautiful life partner, Rebecca is originally from Michigan and has an M.A. in Psychology. She is a psychic counsellor and gives Tarot card readings and counselling under the banner of Intuitive Insights and in the past has been a featured guest on KFRX morning radio, giving readings to call-in listeners. She is also the manager of Bodhi Imports, a Lincoln boutique and gives readings there on Friday afternoons. We are celebrating 20 years of being together this year.

I am also happy to announce that I will be providing live acoustic guitar music for a part of the evening at the Saturday night reception at the Crooked Creek Golf Club. I look forward to seeing you there.

School Story:

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. A few days after Jimi's passing, Juana Sanchez persuaded Dr. Lauterbach to let us play Jimi's Woodstock version of the "Star Spangled Banner" over the intercom that morning, instead of the usual version. When the song came on and we tried to stand up for it in Mrs. Murphy's 1st period English class, she jumped up and made us all sit back down, refusing to let us stand for this "abomination". Apparently, (as we soon learned) Mrs. Murphy was a very "patriotic" immigrant from Latvia, and was totally appalled by this "noise" she heard coming from the speaker. When it was over, she proceeded to give us a very impassioned lecture on the Meaning of Patriotism.
I guess she couldn't dig Jimi's vibe.

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Posted on: Sep 23, 2021 at 11:15 AM

Hello Classmates,

As you know from Tim's latest email, I will not be able to perform on Friday night for the Meet and Greet, as originally planned. This is due to my slow recovery from my heart surgery earlier this year. I was really hoping that I would feel good enough by this week to be able to perform and be with you on Friday night, but I'm just not there yet. This is a big disappointment to me, as I was really looking forward to playing for you and being with you. Fortunately, we have arranged to use my sound cloud page to stream most of the music that I would have been playing for you, since I can't be there in person. So at least my music will be there, even though I can't be. I will really miss being able to play for you and spend time with you on Friday. I will be thinking of you and wishing you a great reunion. Take care and hope to see you again sometime.

Dennis

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Barb & Chris...looking forward to chatting with you at Friday Meet & Greet. It;s been a long time since we got to visit.! Dennis T.

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So shocked and saddened to hear of Vicki's passing. She and I had been friends since jr high days and had once been housemates with another friend in 1979. I saw her several times in the last few years. She had always loved my music and I saw her for the last time in March of 2018, when she came to see me play guitar at a Bodhi Imports party and bought a cd of my "Dayspring" guitar album, to replace her old wornout cassette copy she had bought back in the early 80s. She had choreographed a dance for herself and twp young girls to one of the songs on the album years ago, which they performed on the front lawn of Love Library. She was always a good friend and always a joy to see. This breaks my heart. She was a Light in our midst that will always be missed, but will never be forgotten by those whose lives she touched. Safe Journey Home, dear friend.

 

 

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Anything I can say about Doug as a lifelong friend seems nowhere good enough. He was truly a unique soul in the Universe and a perfect example of what every human being should strive to be. A friend to all he knew and those he had not yet met. A loving, compassionate friend, in the very truest sense of those words. There can be no one who could take his place in this life. We must all think of Doug and strive to carry on his legacy, which is beyod scope. Goodbye, my friend. You will never be forgotten.

with Love,

Dennis

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Happy Birthday Carol! Love your (our) picture (look left) as always! Have a good one!

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Thompson, Taylor & Olson...the Twins and Bob doing our thing at the Young Life Coffeehouse...Summer of 1971 I just recently tranferred our rehearsal cassettes to cd. Amazingly, the tapes survived all these years.

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with Rebecca on a Caribbean cruise 1994
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performing at a Lincoln coffeehouse 2004
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at The Oven Dec 9 2010.
I just realized that in addition to our reunion this year, I will be celebrating 50 years as a guitarist. Half a Century...and I still love to play.
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Poster from the Omaha Psychic Fair 2007(photo taken at Universal/Orlando)
She was also hired to give psychic readings in the lobby of the South Pointe Cinema during the opening weekend of M.Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense".
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
My other passion...with a slight gap between 1965 and 1990. "Grab your board and go Sidewalk Surfin' with me"