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About TaurusBeats

TaurusBeats aka Taurus M, James

Hi, I'm TaurusBeats (aka Taurus James), moody instrumental musician.

Born into Hip-Hop in Tallahassee, Florida, I grew up in RnB, Soul and Funk in Southeast, Washington, DC.

My life journey experiences, so far, also include: Civilian Male Military Spouse, Stay-At-Home-Dad (SAHD), US Air Force Veteran and Military Veterans Advocate, Coach, Minister, Teacher, Web Developer and Information Technology Specialist.

I am a creative with a passion for helping others and self-improvement.

Love and Life are what I am about. Can't love without Life. Don't want to live without Love.

Contact me if you need help, have questions, or would like me to create music or a tutorial video on a particular subject, or just to say hello.

Life Story Music

My music has changed over the years, reflecting the many changes that have taken place in my life. You can hear what I'm talking about if you listen to my earliest collections (My Soundtrack and Final Hour Music) compared to what I am making now (Common Grace, Westward, CMA Beats, Vision).


My Soundtrack album art

Triumph Music

When I started making moody instrumental music in 2000, I was battling chronic depression. All I wanted to do was express what I was feeling and what I was thinking. I didn't know much about music production, composing music, or beat making. I found a way to make music using my computer and started making little pieces of music every day. The moody instrumental music became my journal, my diary of overcoming depression.

A few years later, I built the TaurusBeats.com website and started posting the music I made as collections As the years passed, I continued to capture my thoughts and feelings in the music. I started noticing that as I listened to music from the older collections, my mood changed from bad to good, or from good to better. Early on, I was so focused on making music that I really didn't spend much time listening to what I made. But the more time I spent listening to this moody instrumental music - really listening - the more I realized how instrumental this music is in improving my mood.

The sudden, unexplained loss of my eyesight is the latest life challenge I am walking through. I am still making music and helping others.

My hope is that this moody instrumental music, along with the stories and videos I share, will be instrumental in helping someone overcome depression and other life challenges, as it has been for me.


Trash to Treasure

I started developing my moody instrumental music skills as a kid playing with other people's trash - bottles, buckets and cans I found on the side of the streets of Washington, DC. I played clarinet for a year in middle school and played my first drum kit to earn a spot as the drummer for the US Air Force Academy Cadet Gospel Choir. Even though I had never played on a drum kit before, I kept working hard at it to get better. I started composing and songwriting as the drummer for the Ogden, Utah Gospel-Jazz band, The Upper Room. I played drums professionally for a few years as the band toured and recorded an album.

This website showcases my blended styles of Downtempo, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronica and other music genres into my Moody Instrumental Music, or mood music.

In a way, you could say that I found my musical Treasure through other people's Trash!


Grace and Peace

I'm blessed to be able to capture my progress through this life journey in music and share it with people all over the world. What I originally intended for private reflection, God has redirected to people and places I never imagined. Through this moody instrumental music I hear, feel and see my life. I'm learning that other people are having the same experience. I am blessed even more so because of the listeners, subscribers and friends that this music has introduced me to.

When I'm Gone...

To my daughter, from my journal:

If I die today, God is Good!

God made me and put this passion for music in me. God introduced me to Himself through Jesus, The Christ. God allows me to make moody instrumental music...for such a time as this.

I can be a Moody dude when I haven't eaten in awhile. I forget to eat when I'm creating music and making beats.

When I'm Gone, just remember this...God tried to reach you and introduce you to Jesus, The Christ, through Moody Instrumental Music and a moody dude named Taurus.

"Grace and Peace!" is what I have found in this Life Journey.

Grace is extended to all, but Peace is only found in Christ Jesus.

Be Great! Be about Life and Love. Extend Grace and Peace to everyone you meet along your Life Journey.

Learn to embrace every moment, every note of your Life Story Music as you walk humbly with The Creator.

I hope you get it.

Grace and Peace!



Let Us Reason Together

I am interested in meeting people who share this passion for music and self improvement that I have. A few years ago, I set out to use my skill and imagination to create an aesthetic environment as the home of my Moody instrumental Music so I could make it available for other people to experience. You're looking at the result - TaurusBeats.com.

TaurusBeats.com has evolved over the years, from a small, private area showcasing a handful of music tracks, to a growing network of aspiring musicians and producers.

I started out making beats with Propellerhead Reason back in the year 2000. I'm still making beats with Reason and I'm moving more into making music with full orchestration, solos, improvisations and all that wonderful stuff. (I'm no pianist - I stumbled into playing piano/keys while trying to figure out creative ways to tag the music I make.)


To Help Others By Giving

Helping Others is at the core of everything I do here. Here are my goals for TaurusBeats.com.

Give Knowledge - to help others by simply sharing my knowledge. Every day there is an opportunity to educate someone about making Moody Instrumental Music with Propellerhead Reason - my area of expertise. The key is to keep educating yourself so you can stay ahead of the curve.

Give Value - to find out what's actually valuable to YOU. Through TaurusBeats.com, I'm making an effort to ask YOU where YOU need help, and I keep that in mind when I see opportunities to create Training and Tools for YOUR growth.

Give Time - to help friends in need, even if it is not something as public as a webinar or podcast.

To Inspire and Encourage Growth

I started making Moody Instrumental Music as a way to express myself - my thought and emotions - and tell my story of transformation and growing through pain and struggle.

This theme is common in life, but the soundtrack is different from person to person.

My heart goes out to people who experience pain and struggle that leads to hopelessness and defeat.

My desire is to Inspire and Encourage others to continue to push forward and grow through it all and transform into the Treasure the world needs.