- This article is about the James Taylor character. For the real-life musician and guest voice actor, please see James Taylor.
While Homer Simpson and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Race Banyon were on a space shuttle mission, James Taylor visited Mission Control and sang to them. Aldrin protested that it wasn't a very good time for music, as they were dealing with an emergency on board: Specifically, sand and ants from a broken ant farm getting into everything. Taylor, however, insisted on singing anyway, beginning with "You've Got a Friend."
Taylor did relent somewhat when he sang "Fire and Rain." When he sang the line about "Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground," he paused, apparently realizing how inappropriate the lyrics were under those circumstances. Then he backed up in the song and sang the phrase again, changing the lyrics to "Sweet dreams and flying machines flying safely through the air."
When the Simpson family almost finished their jigsaw-puzzle, they noticed that a piece featuring the singer's head was missing. They started looking for it and Marge eventually found the piece with James Taylor's head on it.