Song 15: "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" 

Photograph by Kevin Hill on CC 2.0

I have had the pleasure of seeing Willie Nelson in concert many times. The mix of fun, artistry, and musicianship is always top notch. I had tickets to see him around September, 2000, at a large outdoor venue in Austin, TX. In the early part of the same day, he was also playing an in-store performance at Waterloo Records. I remember standing in the crowded record store and smelling the unmistakable stench of marijuana. I turned one way, and then back, only to realize I just missed Willie walking right by me.

After the brief in-store performance, it began raining with lightning. Someone announced that the evening concert would be cancelled, but that Willie would stick around to sign autographs until nobody wanted one anymore. I grabbed a copy of Red Headed Stranger, and stood in line. As my place in line inched towards Willie, I realized how nervous I was becoming. When it was finally my turn, he leaned on his elbows. He said, "Hi there. Who can I make it out to?" I couldn't form a thought at all. When I finally did get a word out, I just said, "Jim," which is my dad's name. He said, "Well Jim, it's nice to meet you." I did not bother to correct him.

My personal favorite Wiliie record remains Red Headed Stranger. It's a great example of how good of a writer he is. However, the song by him that I just might love the most is "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground," from the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose. It's a perfect song, one that can describe a scene vividly in just a few minutes. 

I decided to share this one now because I just learned that his sister Bobbie passed away last week. I can't imagine losing a sibling, especially one you played music with professionally for nearly fifty years. I wonder how Willie feels to have had to say goodbye to his sister. Unimaginable really.

Rest in peace Bobbie Nelson (Jan. 1 1931 - March 10 2022).

 

 

2 comments

  • nicolas
    nicolas france
    hi scott, great choice for these covers, thank you very much from France, nicolas

    hi scott, great choice for these covers, thank you very much from France, nicolas

  • Scott Garred
    Scott Garred
    Thanks for listening Nicolas! Great to hear from you.

    Thanks for listening Nicolas! Great to hear from you.

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