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Yippee! I’m leaving for Texas in the morning to see Willie Nelson & Family

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008


Thanks to Carol S., of NY for this picture of Willie Nelson             

Oh, another sleepless night; I’m so excited because I’m leaving tomorrow early to go see WN&F in Texas:  at Waco, and two nights at the BackYard in Austin. Willie Nelson concerts are so much fun!

Janis from Texas has kindly offered to bring her computer, so I am going to try to blog from the road.  There is always so much going on, places to go, people to see, that I can’t do it.  And I don’t like flying with my laptop.   But lately I have been so inspired by the Willie Nelson fans (and you know who you are) who go see Willie, and then go back to the hotel and e-mail me pictures they took; now that’s dedication.   So I am going to try.  Plus, I might get to go up close and take pictures with the professional photogs, to get pictures for the blog, and I’m bringing my Polaroid.  I know, I know, I am milking this blog for all it’s worth, but can you blame me?

See ya; I gotta pack.

Who Would you have play at your labor?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Peter, at www.sfgate.com, considers the question of what band they would hire to play when their baby is being born.  Says Peter:

I would definitely want someone like Van Halen or Metallica…. My wife, of course, is going to have different ideas:  Willie Nelson

Mostly, we like Willie’s personality. You know he has a great bedside manner. He’s covered nearly every song on the planet, so he also would probably have some wonderful post-birth songs to contribute. How great would it be for the kid to hear Willie Nelson in his first moments of existence?  If the delivery gets difficult, his access to drugs could also be a plus.

I know lots of people have Willie Nelson and Family music played at their funerals; why not when their babies are being born?  Birth, death, and inbetween:  Willie’s music is good for all those special stages of our life.

I got to meet Willie Nelson! (Thank you so much, Willie)

Friday, July 6th, 2007

 

I didn’t think it was going to happen.  I got to Choteau, Montana on July 2nd, and didn’t have any cell phone service, and I hadn’t brought my laptop, and so even if Willie did want to grant my wish to meet him, they had no way to get ahold of me.   But I was having such a good time.  The town was so excited about Willie coming to town, everyone was talking about it.  “Are you going?” “Are you in town to see Willie?”  “Do you have any tickets to sell.”  Restaurants and stores were buzzing.

I spent the afternoon before of the show helping the nice folks at Scooterville set up their merchandise booth.  I ran into Jenny Lee–, who is the JayCee’s co-chair of the concert, and told her, “I’m the one who wrote you for a press pass to attend the show.”  She laughed, and said she was sorry about her response, but that I just wouldn’t believe the strange requests she got about the show.  I said no problem.  She said, “But I’ve got something for you now.”  And she gave me an envelope from the “will call” window, with my ticket to the Choteau Show from Willie.  It was so cool, they had written “Willie Nelson Guest” on the envelope.  I told her I had posted on my blog that I wanted to win the lottery for tickets, and then posted my letter to her and her response on my blog, and that Willie or someone close to him, read it and knew I wanted to go to the show.  Then, when I got chance to call in and talk to Willie on the Bill Mack Radio show, he told me he wanted to make sure that I got to the show.  She thought that was so cool and kind of Willie, and I said, “Yes it was.”

So I had a great day, hanging out at Scooterville, listening to Jody Payne do his warm up song, watching 40 Points do a warm up set, and just taking in the good vibes that are there when people are gathering to see Willie Nelson in concert.  The doors opened, the rodeo stands and the field in front of the stage filled up.  I had staked out a spot in front of the stage (where else?) and met some nice fans from Montana who agreed to save my spot while I helped out selling t-shirts.

So, when Jennifer introduced 40 Points, I re-claimed my spot in front of the stage, and settled in for a great night with Willie Nelson and Family.  I was hot from the 90+ weather, and working, and Scooter kindly gave me a Last of the Breed shirt to change in to, but I still didn’t feel very fresh.  The guys behind me were in good spirits.  The organizers were relaxed about coolers, and those guys must have brought theirs in filled with beer.  I think they took the money they saved on paying for their tickets and bought extra beer, because they were taking cans and shaking them, then opening them up and letting them shower down on us.  The first couple of beers felt good, it was cold, but I had forgotten how sticky beer on your skin feels when it dries, so I got tired of the beer showers pretty fast. 

I had been out in the sun all day I developed a blister on my lip, so my lip was swollen.  The organizers had brought in some cattle gates that they had lined to keep the fans from the stage, and they were covered with axle grease, or something, and my arms and new shirt got pretty dirty leaning against it before I discovered this fact.  At some point, some beer got in my eye, and I wiped it out, and I think I must have got some grease on my eye.  So, with my dirty clothes, fat lip, black eye, smelling like beer, I must have looked a mess.

So 40 points finished their fantastic set, Willie’s bus pulled up and we all started chanting for Willie!  Willie!  Willie!  And a part of me was kind of relieved that my getting to meet Willie Nelson wasn’t going to happen this day.  “Willie doesn’t need to meet anyone on his bus who looks and smells like they just got out of a bar fight,’ I thought.  Maybe tomorrow, on the 4th in Washington, after I’ve showered and washed the beer and dust off.

But then, I saw Willie’s granddaughter, Rachel, come around the end of the stage, on the other side of the cattle gate.  I didn’t think anything about it, really, because she doesn’t know me from Adam.  I had met her earlier, introduced myself as Linda, but didn’t think she made the connection that I was LindaLee from Club Luck, or the person with the stillisstillmoving blog.  But, unbelievably, she came right up to me and said, “Granddad said you could come by and say hello before the show, if you want to.”

Well, I was up and over that cattle gate so fast, it would have made your head spin and you would have thought I was a much younger person than I am.  I gave no thought to my appearance, and followed Rachel backstage to Willie’s bus.  There were a bunch of people outside, like there always is.  I had witnessed that scene so many times, only from a distance, behind the security line.  And there I was, one of those lucky folks waiting for a chance to go on Willie Nelson’s bus!  I reached for my camera, and turned it on, but of course, the low battery sign was flashing, and I had no time to dig for new ones in my bag.  And I thought briefly about the gift I had brought for Willie, sitting in my car, along with ‘The Tao of Willie’ book I was going to ask him to sign.  Then the door to the bus opened, and I moved forward  But then David Letterman was coming down the stairs after talking to Willie, so I stepped back to let him pass. 

Then they motioned me up the stairs of Willie’s bus.  When I got to the top, and turned the corner,  I saw Willie sitting on one side talking with a couple of folks across from him.  Willie reached out his hand, took mine, and pulled me down to the bench beside him.  It was the sweetest thing.  He introduced me to the couple, farmers/ranchers from Montana who had been involved with farmers rights and farm issues for a long time.  He said kind words about the website to them and that, “When I want to know where I was last night, I go to her site to find out.”  I told Willie I could be his alibi, if he ever needed one, I could look up where he’d been. on a certain day.  (I knew I would say something stupid when I met him.  He kindly laughed, though.)

It was so perfect, because I got to sit there and relax, and watch Willie in profile, while he talked with these folks about the farm bill, issues effecting farmers, and listen to them thank Willie for all the help he has given farmers over the years.  Then they left, and Willie introduced me to daughter Lana, and she gave me a sweet hug, and I thanked her for the Poo, and the WN.com website.  (She is a pretty little thing, even prettier than her pictures.)  Then Lukas came on with a young girl, and Willie signed her shirt.  Willie introduced me to Lukas, and Lukas said we had met at the stage.  (I had talked to him earlier about their album release date, and thanked them for doing the interview for the blog.)  Then, Willie signed my Choteau show ticket and Lana took a picture of us.  I told him I didn’t want to take up too much of his time, thanked him and hugged him again, kissed his cheek, and left.

So that’ s my story of how I got to meet Willie Nelson.  Pretty sweet, huh?

(Lana may look at the picture of me, and decide mercifully not post it on the Poo because of my drunken appearance, but if she does, just remember that I wasn’t drunk, just happy.)

Why Another Willie Site?

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Why not?  Willie Nelson is such an amazing person, there can’t be too much written about him, or too many web sites dedicated to him. Willie is probably the greatest singer-songwriter in the world.  He continues to record fresh, genre-breaking albums, to rave reviews.  He makes a couple movies a year, and steals every scene he’s in, and he’s written several thoughtful, amusing and inspiring books.  There is nothing like a Willie Nelson & Family concert, and getting to watch Willie play Trigger and hear him sing. You can’t stop smiling for a week.

But the main reason I love Willie is because of his big heart. He is a true humanitarian. Some of his good works are well reported (Farm Aid, Biodiesel Fuel, peace work; the Montessori Schools, etc.), but most aren’t. Willie and Wife Annie have leant their name and money, and Willis his many musical talents, to raise funds for many causes.

 With this site, I will remind you about things you already knew about Willie Nelson, and hopefully you will learn new things about him, the projects he is working on and where he’s touring. Thanks for stopping by,

Linda

File Under: Nice try, but…

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Sir or madam;

Hello, my name is Linda, and I maintain a Willie Nelson blog at www.stillisstillmoving.com.  (It’s not an official website, I just do it because I love Willie Nelson.)  I’m writing to ask if I could receive press credentials for the Willie Nelson concert on July 3, 2007, in Choteau.  Would this be possible?  I understand the tickets are for local residents, however, I wanted to attend so I could report about the show on my blog, and other fans could read about it.  I look forward to your prompt response, so I can make travel plans as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time,
Linda

And today, the response came back

Linda:

I was forwarded your e-mail inquiring about a press pass for Willie Nelson’s July 3rd concert here in Choteau.  Due to the nature of the ticket distribution and our limited capacity, we are unable to assist in your request.  Thank you for checking.

Jenny Lee
Choteau Jaycees
Concert Co-Chairwoman

I think she saw through my ploy to score a ticket to the show, don’t you?

I declare this Month Willie Nelson Month

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

April is going to be Willie Nelson month here at Still is Still Moving.  Every day is Willie Nelson day here, but now it is officially Willie Nelson month! 

Willie Hugh Nelson
born April 30, 1933

Kenney Chesney Still Talking about Willie’ Nelson

Friday, March 9th, 2007

When he opens his mouth, there’s just so much there, beyond the notes, even,” Chesney said. “He’s Willie Nelson. He’s one of the great American voices of all time, and he’s someone I’ve listened to my whole life. So the idea that he’d call me about making a record with him, well, you just don’t dream stuff like that.

“Having honed his craft at Acuff Rose as a staff writer, Chesney learned songwriting in the old school sense. What makes a song work was ingrained in him, and it was something he took very seriously when looking for material for Nelson. Drawing on Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Matthews and Randy Newman, Chesney sought out songs as strong as Nelson’s singing.

“We had all the guys in the studio in a circle, and they were just so there,” Chesney said. “This was Willie Nelson, singing some of the best American songwriters, and you could tell everyone was completely into it. Even Willie said it was the most fun he’d had in the studio. That made me proud.”

Snowbound in Colorado; Baking banana bread, and watching President Ford’s Funeral on TV.

Friday, December 29th, 2006

   My dog loves the snow.      Dusty in the backyard

  My front yard.    Last week it was all shoveled out, and now its got to be done again.

Why do we watch funerals on television?  I guess President Kennedy’s was the first one I ever saw.  Yesterday, I saw part of James Brown’s  final procession to the Appollo Theater, past thousands of fans who’d come to pay their respects.  Today, there is a service for President Ford in California.  Mrs. Ford, on the arm of a military escort and her family, but without President Ford, after 58 years of being together.  Then, his body is being flown to Washington D.C., then to Michigan for his interrment.  Three funerals on TV.

We’ve got another blizzard here in Colorado and I’m at home, snowed in, still in my pajamas.  Office is closed in Boulder, but I couldn’t make it even if it were open.  I brought work home, but so far all I’ve done is some baking:  banana bread and muffins.  I’ve got Willie Nelson music on loud, and the television with the funeral broadcast turned low.  Maybe I should play some of Willie and Bobbie’s gospel music, but the “Sourjourns” from the “Revolutions of time…the Journey 1975-1993” cd set is appropriate.  Really, I wouldn’t mind it playing at my funeral.  This album, like so many of Willie’s songs are like a soundtrack to a life:  Summertime; Faded Love; Night Life; Old Friends; In the Jailhouse Now; Everything’s Beautiful in It’s Own Way; How do you Feel About Foolin’ Around?  All good.  I don’t think President Ford would object to my music selection for his service.

The banana bread is done.  I’m waiting for my neighbor and her girls to showshoe over to share it with me.  I hope they get here before I eat it all.

I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year, filled with music and fellowship.

How can you sell your signed Willie Nelson guitar on e-bay? I don’t get it

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

There are over 30 guitars, signed by Willie Nelson, being sold on e-bay.   Doesn’t anyone ever keep their guitars, or are there that many out there?  I know Willie signs a lot of guitars for different causes.  Maybe those are the ones being sold.  None of my fan/friends could ever part with that treasure.

It Was The Night Before the Willie Nelson Tickets Went On Sale, and all through the house….

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Well, it’s Friday night, the night before tickets go on sale for the Legends Tour in Loveland next March, with Willie, and Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Asleep at the Wheel.  Tickets.  Ewww, getting tickets.  The first challenge you meet in your quest to get to the concert, and getting as close as you can to the front of the stage. 

The purchasing ticket stage can be broken down into two categories:  reserved seating, or open seating.  I like open seating.   I can stay out all night or get up real early to go and get in line for Willie’s shows.  I am not young, but what I lack in speed, I make up with boldness.  And that just comes with experience!  By way of example, I know that once you are down front and center with 20 other people jostling folding chairs and bags, claim your space and sit down.  No room for hesitation.  So, even though it is nerve-wracking, it is so much fun to try to get up close at his shows.   (more…)

Time Change problems

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006