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October 1, 2002
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"The early bird may get the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese." Willie Nelson in New York. An Adam Gopnik profile.
posted by semmi (11 comments total)

Now here is someone that should be made a saint.
posted by UKnowForKids at 9:29 PM on October 1, 2002

I've never been a Willie Nelson fan, but in the last several years he's earned my grudging respect. Maybe it's because he's gotten older, and maybe it's because I've gotten older, or maybe it's both. Either way, if we both keep getting older, in a decade or so my respect may turn to acceptance and possibly even enjoyment. It'll be interesting to see.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:30 PM on October 1, 2002 [1 favorite]

It's easier if you think, "Willie sings with jazz intonation, and is impossibly drenched in blues and R&B. Maybe you can even call him an R&B/jazz singer?" The whole Willie thing starts to make perfect sense then. At least that did the trick for me. Of course, there's the pop influence too, but . . .
posted by raysmj at 10:30 PM on October 1, 2002

Oh, Wille! My old college's radio station runs these great Willie Nelson NORML PSAs. Also, everyone should go buy Red Headed Stranger right now.
posted by sklero at 1:30 AM on October 2, 2002

My friend went to see Willie at the Hexagon in Reading, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt...!
posted by dash_slot- at 2:21 AM on October 2, 2002

I enjoyed this article, but why all of the soy milk references? Is Gopnik a vegan crusader?
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:17 AM on October 2, 2002

Ditto for me, Mr. Crash. While I wa never a fan (in fact I particularly disliked his voice) in every new album release, I find one or two haunting ballads, such as "I Never Cared For You" (from Teatro)

Now that analogy of his...ugh, that's just gruesome. The image of one mouse creeping over another dead, mangled mouse to get the cheese...shudder.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:24 AM on October 2, 2002

Well, I don't think you're meant to visualize it. It's just a saying.
posted by kindall at 8:24 AM on October 2, 2002

The image of one mouse creeping over another dead, mangled mouse to get the cheese...shudder.

Hmm...sounds a bit like MetaTalk....
posted by rushmc at 9:19 AM on October 2, 2002

A documentary about Willie premiers on PBS stations across America tonight, y'all.
posted by liam at 10:46 AM on October 2, 2002

Adam Gopnik interviewing Willie Nelson? What editor assigned that? Willie is an intelligent fellow, sure, but Gopnik is not known for his common man attitude.
posted by m@ at 2:12 PM on October 2, 2002

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