Taylor Hanson Says His Big, Young Family ‘Makes Sense’
5 March 2009
When 25-year-old Taylor Hanson says the words “I have four” out loud, even he admits that “it sounds pretty crazy.” It “all makes sense” when you meet his children Jordan Ezra, 6, Penelope Anne, 4 next month, River Samuel, 2 ½, and Viggo Moriah, 3-months, however, he says in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “The dots all come together…It may seem like a lot, but it’s great,” he adds.
That he’s created such a large family at such an early age means that his own children are uniquely poised to carry on the tradition he created with his own brothers Isaac Hanson and Zac Hanson. Together, the trio comprised the musical group Hanson, and Taylor says it wouldn’t surprise him in the least if ‘Hanson Jr.’ forms someday soon.
“It’s funny, River is our second youngest; He’s two and he’s an incredible drummer. He’s got rhythm! And not just the way a parent thinks, ‘Hey my kids are great.’ I mean, you always think your kids are great. He really has rhythm. So we’ll see.”
That’s not to say he’d encourage it! “I would never wish [a career in music] on anyone unless they were unable to not do it, which is what we’ve always said about our band,” explains Taylor, adding “if you can’t do anything else, then you should do it.” If it turns out that the kids are indeed ”addicted” to music, however, Taylor says his advice for them will be simple: “Go for it.”
Ezra, Penelope, River and Viggo are Taylor’s children with wife Natalie Hanson. Taylor’s new band Tinted Windows — a side project with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger — is scheduled to release their self-titled debut album in stores April 21st.