Small Town, Big Sound: Life for Rory Taillon
Rory Taillon is originally from the town of Port Perry, about just shy of an hour from Toronto.
When asked about how growing up in a small town has affected him musically, Taillon paused for a moment and said smiling, “It’s a humbling thing. Small towns, there’s not a lot there, but when you’re flushed into the real world, you gotta fight with the rest of them….you’ve gotta work a lot harder.”
He never stopped fighting.
His band Rory Taillon & the Old Souls released It’s Not Black & White in September. The new album is a reflection of his battle on to make his musical pipe dreams a reality, in combination with the trials and tribulations we all face.
Consistently playing live shows throughout the Southern Ontario in between tours around Canada, he now attributes half to being labour of love and half necessity. Or, as he puts it, “you gotta stay on the move to keep it [the momentum] going”
That fighting spirit permeates in the powerful lyrics and chord progressions in his songs and how he approaches his craft.
That could be the reason why his debut EP Closure was nominated for ‘Recording of the Year’ & ‘Rock Recording of the Year’ at the 2012 Durham Region Music Awards
His songs deal with topics like mental illness, pain, and loss.
“I was talking to a buddy about writing music, and he said write about shit you know about, so I try to write about issues that I know, or have,” said Taillon.
This comes out in moving songs like “Last Iris,” which is about the loss of his grandmother.
Taillon has just released his first music video, for his song “Jukebox,” (watch below.) With the number of views climbing each day, he says he’s looking forward to his next one. He describes it much in the same way as he describes touring – both a pleasure and a necessity in today’s music market.
When asked about future plans, Taillon indicates plans in the works to tour the West Coast, and possibly Europe by next summer. With endless possibility ahead of him, Taillon doesn’t let his prospects cloud his judgement.
“More touring [to come] for sure, I’d like to go to the West Coast, maybe Europe… We’ll take it day-by-day”.
In “Jukebox,” one resonating lyric is “I sing the songs that I want to sing, I’m not some puppet on a string…”