Willie Nelson to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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The Library of Congress announced today that the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will be Willie Nelson!

The prize honors a living music artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting song to enhance cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.

Library of Congress Press Release

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas in April of 1933.

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With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

I’ve enjoyed Willie’s music for over half a century! The above biographical blurb is from the official site. Visit it for more photos and information.

Teaser Tuesdays – March 17, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

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If you’re a fan of Willie Nelson or his music, this book will speak to you – and it sounds just like Willie. Anecdotes alternate with lyrics, jokes and photos, lots of photos.

The Facts of Life
and Other Dirty Jokes
by Willie Nelson

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If we’re backing up it’s just to get a running start
‘Cause everything we do we do with all our hearts
And it don’t really matter what they say
We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Excuse me, sometimes I just break into song.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Desert Island Books

DesertIslandPalmPirate50In A Pirate Looks at Fifty, Jimmy Buffet wrote:

Following the Equator is one of a baker’s dozen of books I would have to take to a desert island. I can pick it up, turn to any page, and get lost in the story.

Mark Twain’s book is available free in numerous formats at Project Gutenberg. The other twelve books on Jimmy’s list are:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Don’t Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
Winds from the Carolinas by Robert Wilder
One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Fables of La Fontaine by Jean de la Fontaine
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
A Collection of Poems by Pablo Neruda
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I have about a half dozen titles which would remain on my Baker’s Dozen of Desert Island Books permanently, but the rest always seem to change over time. My must haves, in no particular order, are Pere Goriot, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Atlas Shrugged, The House of Mirth and The Count of Monte Cristo.
How about you? What are your Desert Island Books?

Teaser Tuesdays – September 23, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

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A Pirate Looks at Fifty

by Jimmy Buffett

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To make matters worse, the first thing the nuns would make us all do on the first day back was to write about what we had done that summer. Having to recall it all while sitting in the antiseptic atmosphere of a classroom was like staring at the goodies in a bakery window with no money in your pocket.

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Including a couple of album covers featuring Jimmy.

Are you feeling nostalgic for the song Margaritaville? Watch Jimmy singing it last year on Ellen. Missing long hair? Go back over thirty years to an appearance on The Tonight Show. Jimmy’s Margaritaville website.

I had to do the same thing umpteen years ago in school! Does this bring back any memories for you? What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

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