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Posted by SteveRogers (Member # 7130) on :
I'm going to a Willie Nelson concert this evening with a friend of mine. He's a big fan of Willie. While I, on the other hand, have heard almost nothing by him.

But it's a new, interesting, and unique experience. So, I'm giving it a shot.

Is anyone a Willie Nelson fan?
Posted by HesterGray (Member # 7384) on :
I enjoy some Willie Nelson songs. The simple melodies and unforced vocals appeal to me.

How was the concert?
Posted by Dan_raven (Member # 3383) on :
While I enjoy Willie's music, I despise the idea behind his recent hit--Beer For Our Horses. Basically its an ode to drunken vigilante justice, which is rarely just. It's big refrain states something like, "Justice is the most important thing." What about love, family, faith, God, etc...? Doesn't matter as long as we shoot and/or lynch the bad guys.
Posted by scifibum (Member # 7625) on :
SR: just one question. What did you eat after the concert, and how much?
Posted by SteveRogers (Member # 7130) on :
The concert was actually really good. I think the venue sold out. The opening act was horrible, but the main event was actually very enjoyable.

And no, I did not get a contact high. I did not get the munchies. The only thing I had after the concert was a Vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic due to my mild thirst.
Posted by Uprooted (Member # 8353) on :
Just a note -- Toby Keith wrote Beer for My Horses, not Willie Nelson. Although of course, as you noted, he did help make it a hit. But that whole vigilante thing seems more like Keith's philosophy than Nelson's. I suspect Willie liked it for the tongue in cheek chorus.

Steve, did you find you recognized more of his songs than you thought you would? (course, you're still young--you probably really haven't heard many of the songs that are staples to us old folks)
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
Originally posted by Uprooted:
But that whole vigilante thing seems more like Keith's philosophy than Nelson's.

I think that is patently untrue. And I agree with Dan.
Posted by Tatiana (Member # 6776) on :
I don't generally listen to that sort of music at all. But when I worked at a record store one Christmas a loooooong time ago (we sold VINYL records), they used to play Willie Nelson's christmas album a lot and it actually was pretty good. I grew to like it a lot. Still never became a fan, though.

Sometimes live music, on the other hand, is really fun even when it's not the sort of music you usually listen to. Glad you liked the show.
Posted by SteveRogers (Member # 7130) on :
I only recognized the songs because the guy I was going with was a big fan, and he played a bunch of his music on the way there.

I'm not a huge fan of his stuff. I'd only heard two or three songs before I said I would go. But the man's a living legend, so I figured it couldn't be a bad experience.

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