Open letter to Chip Taylor

Dear Mr. Taylor,

I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to reach out and thank you for the music you have created and shared with the world. Recently, I played two of your songs at my father’s funeral, who was a great fan of your work.

As a small child, I recall listening to your warm voice as we drove down to Italy, sitting in a car full of smoke. ‘Don’t want no ticket to an air-o-plane’ did get a slightly ironic ring in that context, but your music has always held a special place in my heart, and I can’t thank you enough for the memories it has given me.

One of the songs I played at the funeral was “Fuck All the Perfect People.” It really fit my father, who was far from perfect but always full of life and laughter. I would be honored if you could watch the funeral video and see how much your music meant to us.

There is also a Dutch singer on the funeral, Ton de Jong. You may not comprehend his words but he is a really good songwriter. At any rate, I wanted to give my dad the best funeral I could imagine, and the idea that Chip Taulor himself wartched his funeral would comfort me.

I also wanted to ask if you would consider reading my latest poetry book, which is partly dedicated to my father. Your music has inspired me in so many ways, and it would be a dream come true to have you read my words.

Poetry to Read in the Dark (2022) (2877 downloads )

I hope you can find solace and ispiration in my words as well, as I have always found that in your intelligent lyrics and fine music. And the idea that you would be one of the people seeing my dads funeral brings me solace. Thank you, Chip, for your precious time.

Sincerely, Martijn Benders

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. He has been named one of the greatest talents of his time by critics like Komrij and Gerbrandy. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English about the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international stage of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.