(In the above pic James Taylor and Sally Taylor were snapped at the 5th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert and Auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in NY’s Times Square on February 24th)
James Taylor, who is curently working on a new album, was snapped out with daughter Sally, whose mom is Carly Simon. Sally, 35, has a 16-month-old son named Bodhi.
James was asked how being a grandparent compares to being a parent?
“Kids are kids, but any grandfather will tell you — you get to hand them back to their parents when you’re tired,” James, 60, shared. “When you’ve got your own, you’ve got them all the time.”
James has young children of his own with his third wife, whom he married in 2001. James and wife Kim have 7-year-old twin sons named Henry and Rufus. The twins were born to a surrogate mother via in vitro fertilization. The family resides in the town of Washington, Massachusetts.
Any advice for parents of twins, like Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts?
“There are more and more of us,” he said. “Actually, it’s easier than having two kids of different ages. You just basically do everything twice.”
Sally shared the best words of wisdom that her parents James and Carly have given her.
“Follow your dreams,” she shared. “That’s something that’s changed. Every time I think I have one direction, it branches off into a different path that’s always something much more interesting than I could have ever come up with. Follow your dreams.” Sally continued, “It comes from both of them. It’s an evolution of their own creation of their lives. To continuously do what your heart tells you to do is something that they’re both products of. I don’t think you can deny that that’s been extremely successful for both of them. If I can continue to do that, I think I’ll probably be in good standing.”
What did her parents think of her naming her son Bodhi?
“They both loved it. They both really loved it. My dad’s all about vowels and consonant sounds and being able to call someone like [calls out] Bodhi… that was perfect for him. My mom just loved the concept of the magical spirituality of it.” She continued, “My husband and I spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, so that was a major influence on our decision. My mom really liked the idea that it was exotic because she’s exotic.”
What was the inspiration for the name Bodhi?
“Bodhi is the tree that the Buddha was enlightened under, and in Buddhism, Bodhi is someone who doesn’t need to incarnate again, but incarnates for the compassion of helping others to achieve enlightenment. Bodhi’s fatwa is way too long and way to heavy. You just don’t want to burden your son with the heavy load of having to become a Buddhist monk, so what are you going to do?” She added, “Bodhi just seemed like the right name, and it just rang true with both my husband and I that our son was supposed to be named Bodhi. And that was it!”