Megan settles in for the night with the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi himself…
What is there to say about James Arnold Taylor that hasn’t been said before?
Even without personally meeting him, I feel like I know him on a personal level, almost as if he is a close friend. This is likely originally due to his youtube channel (linked here: youtube.com/JamesArnoldTaylor) giving way to his most recent venture into podcasting, amongst other such accomplishments. Throughout both, he has been so much more honest and open about not just himself, but his family as well, than I can remember any other celebrity being. Sure, there are so-called “reality shows” such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Bachelor/The Bachelorette and The Real Housewives series, that claim to take you into the lives of these rich individuals so as to get to know them better, but many people the world over, know the truth behind them, that they are scripted. These shows are reality insofar as to present a form that only exists to get ratings.
Moving on from those, the reason I like James Arnold Taylor’s content is that its actual reality. There is very little he shies away from talking about. As long as he can find a way to keep the topic clean and family friendly, it seems he is willing to at least bring it up and talk about it in a way kids can understand without having to dumb it down for them. Yes, kids should be protected from certain things, but only to an extent. We live in a sad, but real world and we can’t shield them from as much as I’d like for as long we would like to. This is why I’d like to talk about JAT’s recent foray into the world of podcasting.
Previously, he had a youtube series called JAT Drives (linked here: James Arnold Taylor JAT Drives Playlist), which proved as the foundation for his podcast. While the former was simply for talking about whatever topic came to mind, the latter takes that a step further. Not only does he talk about whatever topic comes to mind and just goes with it, but he also mixes in various voices and interviews he’s done with other people. The only really depressing thing about it is the disclaimer he had to include in his first episode before interviewing legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prior to this interview, James sadly had to break the magic and fun of the episode claiming that what we were about to hear is all parody and not meant to be taken seriously. His use of Obi-Wan’s voice amongst others is meant to be done in pure fun and entertainment only.
How sad is it that we live in a world where even things that are clearly only meant to be taken in good clean fun, has to be declared as such prior to their use? While it makes sense that people and companies want to protect their own intellectual properties, it’s sad that when people like James Arnold Taylor come along and want to continue the magic of that character, they either have to ask for permission that will likely be denied, or break the flow of their episode in order to make legal claims so as not to be contacted or even sued by a given company for that character’s usage. Companies, as long as people give credit back to the character or story’s origin, please let people use your characters. Their doing this not only keeps the stories and characters relevant but also shows their love and devotion to it.
Speaking of love and devotion, there is one thing I feel I really must address about this podcast. Unlike many in today’s politically correct world, James doesn’t feel the need to hide his Christian faith. Whenever the topic of God and his (JAT’s) faith naturally comes up in a conversation, he is unafraid to talk about it. He doesn’t just talk about God in an effort to sway anyone in a particular direction. No, he talks about how his belief in God has influenced and continues to influence his daily life. Sure, it may come off as a bit preachy at times, but that is never James’s goal. At one point during one of his most recent episodes, he even questions if he should leave this part in or edit it out to allow for more Star Wars stuff. Obviously, since we are hearing it, he chose to leave it in as without it, the show wouldn’t be able to encompass his one hundred per cent real, authentic self.
Despite being a Christian myself, that is something I don’t know if I could do. As such, it’s one reason amongst many that I truly admire him. His words about God and life, in general, serve to inspire me on a daily basis. The lengths this man has come is simply beyond incredible. Everyone needs to hear this man and his podcast whether you need inspiration or not. Even if you don’t believe in God, James’s words are still extremely inspirational. Even if I was somehow invited on his podcast, I don’t know if I could be open and honest as he is about my belief in God or anything else.
With that said, my favorite part from the few episodes I’ve heard thus far would have to come towards the end of episode 4. In it, James has Obi-Wan Kenobi himself interview Ratchet from the Ratchet and Clank series. It was a great way to end the episode after talking about the horrors of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting then the fires that ravaged the area. With both events having begun within a span of only several hours of each other, I can honestly only imagine how it must have felt to go straight from one horror to another with literally zero rest time. If you want to hear the episode in its entirety, it can be heard here: JAT Talking to Myself Youtube Podcast Episode 4. This is an amazing episode that deserves a listen.
Overall, this is a quality podcast put on by a quality guy. Give it a listen and feel free to say what you think of it either down below or at either me or James on Twitter. A playlist of all his podcast episodes, including the latest one, can be found both on iTunes and on youtube at this link: JAT Podcast Playlist.
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