Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Amazing Willie Nelson In Hollywood

On Friday August 9, 2013, Willie Nelson delivered the entirety of his 1978 album of classic ballads, "Stardust" at the famed Hollywood Bowl.

With the backing of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of David Campbell, Nelson and his band moved from ballad to ballad, the composer of some of the great songs of the past half-century playing renditions of work that inspired him.

One by one they arrived, ballads sparse with lines but rich with meaning. Songs like Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish's "Stardust" were about memories. Others, like Irving Berlin's blissful "Blue Skies" (above), observed the fluidity of time, "noticing the days hurrying by -- when you're in love, how they fly." On an evening highlight, Nelson sang in "Unchained Melody" of a love that changes everything, but seems dangling by a thread. MORE HERE


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