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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.