Updated at 5:50 pm EDT with sunshine
“In my mind, I’m gone to Carolina,” James Taylor sang on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte just now. “Can’t you see the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moon shinin’, ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind. Yes I’m gone to Carolina in my mind.”
That’s where President Barack Obama has gone for renomination for a second term.
“There ain’t no doubt in no one’s mind that love’s the finest thing around,” Taylor sang on the blue stage of the Time-Warner arena.
It’s been some time since “Sweet Baby James” sang this song with a younger head of hair. He performs hatted now.
The Democrats, closing their convention tonight with Obama’s acceptance speech, are looking for Taylor’s love here.
And sure enough, the clouds parted and rain passed and the sun started shining in Charlotte as his act was underway — an ironic turn of weather for a party that called off its outdoor celebration at a football arena tonight. Inside, Taylor warmed up the late afternoon crowd with a small band and chorus. And they were dancing in the hall.