Despite having entertained crowds for more than sixty years, Willie Nelson has no intention of slowing down.
Even after captivating audiences for over six decades, Willie Nelson remains resolute in his determination to maintain an active pace without any plans of deceleration.
Indeed, Nelson, who signed his initial significant recording agreement with Liberty Records in 1962, will commemorate his approaching significant birthday while actively touring. In a recent conversation with AARP, the renowned artist shared his thoughts on the matter, affirming that although work is not a requirement for him, it brings about positive effects.
“I find that working is genuinely beneficial for me, irrespective of the nature of the performance,” he expressed.
“The prospect of spending two days with many of my close friends joining me, exchanging greetings, and singing together, adds a great deal of enjoyment. I eagerly anticipate the experience.”
Although high-profile entertainers like Dick Van Dyke (97), Michael Caine (89), and David Attenborough (96) are examples of this phenomenon, it is important to note that there is a distinction between performing live music on a multi-show tour and appearing in movies or television shows or lending your voice to a project.
Despite that, Nelson persists in scheduling performances and delivering remarkable shows. Quite impressive for an individual who is rapidly approaching his ninth decade of life!
Regarding the anticipation of reaching the age of 90, the country music icon remarked:
In a conversation with AARP, the singer shared an anecdote about his close friend Norman Lear, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Nelson recalled telling Lear, “I’ve been telling everyone that age is merely a number. Am I correct?” To which Lear responded, “Yes, it’s simply a number.”
The artist, born in Texas, also expressed his readiness to embark on the tour bus and perform at new locations.
“In a light-hearted manner, I ‘retire’ after each tour,” Willie shared. “Yet, I’m consistently prepared to resume touring. I enjoy being on the bus. I have all the necessities with me, so I never have to step into a hotel room anywhere. It’s not so terrible.”
While it may not be unfavorable, I find it truly remarkable that Willie Nelson retains the energy to rise on stage and perform for numerous people amidst significant pressure.
His voice, too? I’ll be very content if I can sound even half as good as he does when I was that age, provided I live that long.
It’s amazing that Nelson can still sing as well as he has in the past after so many years of singing.
In a recent interview, he even expressed, “‘I believe singing is beneficial for my voice.”
“I take care not to do anything that would harm it significantly. If you don’t utilize it, you lose it.’”
First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes to Willie Nelson on his joyous 90th birthday, along with countless more years of happiness.
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