I Let My Mind Wander: Willie Nelson

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  1. GnuFOOL Says:

    • katry Says:

      Gnu,
      I introduced my mother to Willie, and she loved him.I always think of er when I play him. Thanks!

  2. im6 Says:

    I can go for months (maybe even years) and never hear anything by Willie, so it was surprising today when I heard this song and then a bit later another song popped up while I was listening to some oddball tracks (no category) on my hard drive. A collaboration between The Beach Boys (just about my all-time faves) and Willie may seem a bit unusual, but I think you’ll agree it’s lovely in just about every way. Hope everyone enjoys it.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I didn’t like the purely country Willie, but I did enjoy his albums of standards. Stardust is a favorite album of mine. His Georgia On My Mind is wonderful, to me of course.

      I really liked this song. The Beach Boys were more of a background than I expected. They complimented Willie perfectly.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Stardust was in a class of it’s own. Of the country Willie albums, it has to be the Red Headed Stranger

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I went back to Willie’s earlier albums after Stardust. I didn’t like his country songs as much, but there is something about Willie’s voice which made even country sweet to my ears!

  4. Spaceman Says:

    Willie is not typical country by a good measure. Unfortunately I have a hard time describe why that is. My impression is he writes what he wants to and not to make “hits”. He does his thing and he’s satisfied doing it. His air time on country music stations is very low because of that. Grateful Dead was similar. Popularity was mostly based on grassroots fans. You like the Dead or you don’t. You like Willie or you don’t.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I guess that is why I didn’t think of Willie as country: he is difficult to categorize. Stardust was a departure, and it was what pushed me over into the Willie camp.

      I never thought about wither Willie or The Grateful Dead as an either or, but I get what you mean.

  5. Spaceman Says:

    Well I am exaggerating. Willie did concerts frequently, mixed with other musicians, and wasn’t shy of the media. Dead did some shows – about it. Willie insisted on complete control of the Red Headed Stranger so you get an idea of what he would rather be doing. Not the best comparison – but you got the drift.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I do get it. At this stage of is life and career, Willie deserves control!

      I like many of the Willie duets. His voice just fits.


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