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Life Lessons from Willie Nelson

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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


“I count myself as one of the luckiest people alive” — Lukas Nelson

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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


Lil’ Wayne and Willie Nelson

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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                                                           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.

He tells Rap Radar (via HipHopDX):

“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.

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Willie Nelson Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results

“The Right Words at the Right Time”, Marlo Thomas and Friends

Monday, September 1st, 2014


“If I had to break it down, I’d say about 99 percent of the people in my life were telling me I wasn’t going to make it.  All that adversity and lack of faith ended up just strengthening my own convictions.  All that negativity really helped me in the end, because there’s no better inspiration for doing something than having somebody say that you can’t do it.”

Willie Nelson
The Right Words at the Right Time, Marlo Thomas and Friends

Willie Nelson, on marijuana, in AARP

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

by:  Johnny Green

Willie Nelson is an American legend. Willie Nelson has fans from all walks of life, but especially among senior citizens. My grandma doesn’t consume marijuana, but is pro-marijuana reform mainly because Willie Nelson supports it. I know that she’s not alone. That’s why it’s huge that Willie Nelson recently provided the following quote to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):

I’ll probably take a couple of hits before or after the show tonight. It relaxes me, and the medicinal form of pot can cure everything from stress to cancer. It’s a shame that it was thrown in with the other hard drugs. Now that the legalization has proven successful in Colorado and in Washington state, it’s just a matter of time before it’s legal everywhere. There’s a lot of money to be made from it, number one.

Willie provided that quote in an article that covered all kinds of topics. It would have been nice to see him get a full article dedicated to just marijuana, but it’s still significant. How many senior citizens are going to read that? And how many minds are going to be changed as a result? It’s my hope that it’s a significant amount of people. Whereas celebrities like Miley Cyrus try to promote marijuana use without ever supporting the cause in a meaningful way, Willie Nelson has donated a lot of money and time to support reform. Go Willie, you are my hero!

Willie Nelson on ABC World News tonight

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