Willie Nelson - Moment of Forever
Audio CD: January 29, 2008
Original Release Date: January 29, 2008
Label: Lost Highway
Bitrate 192-320 kbps
Product Description - amazon.com
""Countless Westerns have centered around the theme of a young turk coming into town to try to take down a legendary gunslinger. Well, for the past couple of decades, Willie Nelson has turned that imagery on its head, attracting countless younger artists eager to soak up some of his musical mojo and infuse the master's work with some of their own spirit.
Moment of Forever, matches Willie with Kenny Chesney. The very idea of these seemingly disparate characters coming together is intriguing enough on paper. What really counts, however, is how it works on disc -- and work it does, with Chesney's production bringing out Nelson's natural warmth and grace.
While he's written some of the most enduring tunes of the past few decades Nelson has long been considered one of the premiere song interpreters of his time, infusing a surprising array of tunes with his singular personality. This record includes a hushed, poignant version of the Kris Kristofferson-penned title track and a super-heated, album-closing version of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody."
The songs that Nelson wrote for Moment of Forever take on many of the same topics addressed in that pair of tracks -- taking stock of a life well lived and considering the possibilities of what might lay down the road. On songs like the sweetly twanging "Always Now," Willie comes across like a man who's come to terms with most of those issues, coming to the conclusion that "there never was a used to be...it's always now."
Other highlights include Willie's take on Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" and tracks like "Worry B Gone" -- where Willie trades verses with Chesney The easy vibe carries over to the gently celebratory "I'm Alive" -- on which Nelson marvels at life's simple pleasures. ""
I didn't start out being a Willie Nelson fan. You can't live in Austin and learn from people firsthand what kind of person Nelson is without coming to respect him. Then, I started listening to him and came to like his music, too.
"Louisiana" is Willie's take on Katrina and as usual, he says what he thinks.
"Gravedigger" is another hard listen:
Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
will you make it shallow so I can feel the rain
He touches on the real meaning of the song "Ring around the Rosie", the grief of a parent laying their children to rest, and doesn't pull any punches about the final rest.
"When I was young and Grandma wasn't old" is a retrospective of the old days. He talks about quilting bees, sitting on the front porch in rockers, times when there wasn't air conditioning and television and folks sat around outside and told stories.
"You Gotta Serve Someone" is, of course, a Dylan cover. It's one of my favorite songs, and Nelson does well with it, but it's not my favorite version of the song.
Overall, the CD's good--it's well worth a listen and if you like Willie like I have come go, it's worth investing in. ~ R. Kyle
Willie Nelson - Moment of Forever Tracks01 Over You Again (Nelson, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson) – 5:35
02 Moment of Forever (Kristofferson, Danny Timms) – 3:50
03 The Bob Song (Kenny) – 4:15
04 Louisiana (Newman) – 3:25
05 Gravedigger (Matthews) – 3:52
06 Keep Me From Blowing Away (Paul Craft) – 3:33
07 Takin' on Water (Loggins, John Scott Sherrill, Robbins) – 3:24
08 Always Now (Nelson) – 3:28
09 I'm Alive (Chesney, Dillion, Mark Tamburino) – 3:27
10 When I Was Young And Grandma Wasn't Old (Buddy Cannon) – 3:05
11 Worry B Gone (with Kenny Chesney) (Clark, Gary Nicholson, Parnell) – 3:10
12 You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore (Nelson) – 2:21
13 Gotta Serve Somebody - Hidden Track (Dylan) – 9:46