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Watching The Gershwin Award


I knew of Willie Nelson before he became well know.  I wanted to know who wrote  the songs i liked, not just who sang them.  Lacking ear, i paid much more attention to lyrics than melody.  I was not a  country music fan, but Nelson's lyrics seemed more intelligent, more poetic than most.

As time went by, i married and had children who got into drugs and alcohol.  My spouse found anathema celebrities who openly used drugs and developed a particular dislike for Willie Nelson.  I can't blame her.  With the way he dressed and wore his hair, he seemed the personification of deviance from the norm.  I liked Willie Nelson, but i loved my spouse.  So i stopped paying attention.  (I didn't even mention that he had written "Crazy." a song she loved.)  I probably did not deliberately to listen to Willie Nelson in 45 years.  Until tonight.  (Which happened to be our anniversary)

I probably enjoyed the show (The Library of Congress George and Ira Gershwin Prize for Popular Song) with more enthusiasm and enjoyment than i might have.  It was like having a drink of water after a very long  thirst.
Great music (even to my tin ear).  There were, of course, songs i'd never heard (and will now google).  One i liked very much was one he did not write, but recorded in 1985: "Livin' in the Promiseland."

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