The Tao of Willie


The Time of the Preacher

The red headed stranger had eyes like the thunder
And his lips, they were sad and tight.
His little lost love lay asleep on the hillside,
And his heart was heavy as night.

— Willie Nelson, ‘The Red-Headed stranger”

Anything that is not a mystery, I like to say, is guesswork.  From the reason you are here to the understanding of the golf swing, there is so much you can never know.

Over the years, I’ve done plenty of singing in church, but I’ve played just one preacher, the lead role in the film The Red-Headed Stranger.  The story of  a preacher in the Old West who’d been betrayed by the woman he loves, the red-headed stranger loses his way in revenge, but ultimately finds redemption by gaining love again.

Whether we know it or not, we are all in search of understanding.

Religion, science art — all of them are devoted to a greater understanding of the mystery of life.  How the mystery of life affects you is really your own choice.  To you, that mystery may be the source of fear.  Or it may be your well of inspiration.

The Tao of Willie
Willie Nelson, with Turk Pipkin


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