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“Willie Nelson’s impact on American music is indelible. He stands at the crossroads of all the sounds and colors of this country. What he reflects is true soul and sincerity. He’s also a pretty mean guitar player.”
— Carlos Santana
article and art by Jena Ardell
Willie Nelson’s political proclamation nearly overshadowed the two-day celebration honoring the musician at Gershwin Prize Ceremony last week. Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, performed a rendition of his 1986 song “Living In the Promised Land” for the first time since 2004.
Before playing the track, he commented on the Syrian refugee debate that’s currently ongoing: “I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America. Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.”
“There was nothing overtly political in the performances, The LA Times reported. “After Nelson delivered the last lyric, “And room for everyone. Living in the Promiseland,” the bipartisan crowd gave him a standing ovation.”
The 82-year-old legend hasn’t let a recent operation keep him ‘laid up’ for long. Nelson recently revealed he had undergone a stem-cell operation to improve his lung health. The operation was cited as the reason he was forced to reschedule the opening dates of his Django and Jimmie Tour with Haggard.
Here are some life lessons from Nelson. Quotation above via npr.org.
photo: Danny Clinch
“I could not have wished for a more complete source of inspiration in life, and in music than my father.
I count myself as one of the luckiest people alive to have been born to such a noble, loving, and gifted human being.” — Lukas Nelson
The official John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2013 campaign video featuring Willie Nelson with sons Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson. Discover more at http://onjv.co/1dSXZP0
Lil Wayne/Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson has collaborated with rapper Snoop Dogg in the past, so it should come as no surprise that other rappers might dig Nelson, too. Still, I have to admit that it’s strange to hear a rapper say that he wants to be like Willie.
Or, in this case, have a career like Nelson.
Rapper Lil Wayne recently mentioned Willie while talking about his career and how he’d like to be remembered.
“I would just say I would like to be remembered as a humble, good soul. A good spirit. A good soul,” Lil Wayne said. “[A] thing like that. You know what I mean? Like a…a Willie Nelson. You know? Just remembered as everybody fuck with you. Like A Snoop Dogg. You know what I mean? Before I used to be shooting for more of a Biggie, Biggie/Pac/Jay type title. I used to shoot for that. But now I think my history already done that. You know what I mean? So, now I just—I wanna just be remembered as ‘Man, that nigga was cool. He did great ass music and that’s who he is. Period.’”
Okay, so that whole part after Lil Wayne mentions Willie’s good soul is kind of a blur of WTF, but it’s still a testament to how cool Willie really is that even rap artists are coveting his career and his good soul.