a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson's most moving album in decades.
OK, music lovers, lift a toast or hit your applause button app in honor of the irreplaceable Willie Nelson, who tops Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with his puckishly dubbed God’s Problem Child.
God should have more kids like that.
He still sings with grace, and it's moving to hear his vocal instrument finally beginning to betray a bit of frailty in his ninth decade. Temperate, fickle and revelatory in turns, his is truly a voice to trust.
As a country-music songwriter and recording artist, Willie Nelson has done OK for himself over the years. Maybe even a little better than OK.
But one could argue after reading Nelson’s Pretty Paper, a sweet new Christmas novel inspired by his beloved ballad, that the man missed his calling.
Willie established long ago that he can conjure up a haunting two-minute tale in three-quarter time. But perhaps he should have been writing long-form feel-good fiction as well — because Pretty Paper is a good story well told. - David Martindale
“I’m doing a song in the new show that’s so perfect — Jimmy Webb wrote it — he wrote all of Glen Campbell’s songs — and it’s called ‘They Just Don’t Make ’Em Like You Anymore,’ ” he said. “And I’m doing it all with pictures of the old artists in there to show my respect.”
“Music is the great memory maker of all times. You remember the songs you heard that you loved and you remember where you were when you heard them.” . . . “The journey is what makes the career so exciting, not the songs,” he said. “The songs are how I remember the journey.”
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