I recently discovered a song (with lyrics that are so wonderful) by Livingston Taylor , one of the hundreds of Celebrity Parents that I have detailed at our foundation’s site.
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR (singer, songwriter and also multi-instrumental musician) has a Golden Retriever named Ajax. They like mucking out about the pond and going fishing as you can see.
When asked how Ajax got his name, Liv replied: “We decided on it when were driving to pick him up as a pup. I liked the name ‘Ajax’; it felt good”. Elaborating, Maggie says “Liv named him . . . I agreed . . . . I named him after Achilles’ best friend . . . Liv after the cleanser.”
Livingston Taylor started his major-label recording career in 1970. Playing guitar, piano, and banjo established him as the Taylor family’s most ultifaceted musician. Performance is dear to Livingston’s heart, and with his animated personality, wrinkled-grin humor, and musical talents, the stage is where he shines brightest. Liv has been very busy teaching performance since 1984 at the Berklee College of Music, the focus of his new Taylor workshops.
Can I Be Good was written by Livingston Taylor, illustrated by Ted Rand, and published by Gulliver Books in 1993. Here, a young Golden Retriever tried his best to be a good dog, but it’s just so hard! He just keeps doing things that get him into trouble, like chewing on Dad’s new shoe or splattering his family and the kitchen when he shakes dry his rain- and mud-sodden fur. The Taylors have no children, but Livingston has said writing children’s books comes very easy to him. Of course, Ajax served as the inspiration for this adorable book!
You can clearly see that Livingston’s love of Goldens goes way back. He published an album in 1980, entitled “Man’s Best Friend,” and another album in 1988, entitled “Life is Good,” includes a Golden friend.
Here is a video that I put together to go with Liv’s wonderful song, Best of Friends. It shows my special darling Darcy and silly English puppy boy Alfie, and then Carolyn Scott and her Rookie.
Best of Friends
We’re the best of friends, heart and soul, head to head, toe to toe
I’m not letting go
We’re the best of friends, I thought you knew, that the best I am, is beside you
We’re a couple of comfy shoes
Oh together we’re a pipe dream, all lit up and smoking,
‘Bout all the things we’ll do
Oh together we are wishes, my aren’t we delicious, Coming true
We’re the best of friends, are we wise, thinning hair, fuzzy eyes
Your face is my best surprise
We’re the best of friends, I’m here to say, it was me and you
The whole darn way, thanks for the chance to play
Oh together we are magic, together we are mystery, I think we may have soul
Oh together the world is brighter, Lovers fools and fighters, on a roll
We’re the best of friends, the drift the sway, the give the take
The day to day, a bit in each others way
And when it’s time, to let you go, at the last we’ll always know
That it started long ago, with a simple quick hello
Hello we’re the best of friends