August 11, 2020

Faces of the Fountains: Stephen Taylor

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I like the quote from Miles Davis … when [his] bassist first saw an electric keyboard, and [Davis] said, ‘You ain’t never seen one of those before,’ and when the bassist was kinda like, ‘I don’t know,’ he said, ‘See, everything’s beautiful.’”

Stephen Taylor is a sophomore double major in music (BA) and Spanish. Taylor is originally from Commercial Point, Ohio, and he attended Teays Valley High School. He is a tenor saxophone player who performs in Capital University’s Ensemble Now, as well as Savoy.

What is your favorite book and why?

“’Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams, because it’s amazing [and] beautifully written.”

What is your favorite movie and why?

“’Pulp Fiction,’ it is wonderfully crafted, the acting is great, the dialogue is great; it’s wonderful.”

What is your favorite class?

“History of Rock and Roll. Professor Zilincik teaches that class, and he is wonderful.”

So you’re from Commercial Point. That’s near the Pumpkin Show, right?

“It’s about 30 minutes north of there.”

What is the Pumpkin Show?

“It’s the largest pumpkin-based festival in the world, I guess.”

Are you planning on going to the Pumpkin Show this year?

“I am planning on going.”

Is there anything that you’re looking forward to seeing, or eating?

“The only food that’s good there is pumpkin doughnuts, but you can get that year-round without the lines.”

Do you have any pet peeves?

“Blanket Statement: I hate when people are willfully ignorant.”

What’s the best thing that happened to you this week?

“Tom [Green] and I went and got crepes on Friday morning; maybe the best thing.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“‘Don’t take anything seriously,’ from my father.”

If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do every day?

“I’d probably sit in a chair and listen to music, probably, because it’s what I do anyway.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Rio … because I want to see the cafe where Tom Jobim wrote ‘The Girl from Ipanema.’”

Taylor is passionate about Latin Music. He spends his free time hanging out with friends, listening to music, and practicing tenor saxophone. In the future, Taylor plans to use his dual Spanish and music degree to apply to a graduate program for ethnomusicology and one day become an ethnomusicologist.

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