Authenticity is what we strive for.

Willie Nelson is authentically Willie Nelson.

I love Willie Nelson and what he stands for as an artist.

I don't care about his recreational drug habits, that's not my thing.

But when I think of what I know about Willie, his authenticity is not something he inherited, it was not his birthright.

He created the Willie Nelson we know of today.

His grandparents taught music, which helped, and he lived with them after his mother ran off and left his father.

But these people, his grandfather a blacksmith and his father a mechanic, were not artists.

Just think what they would have thought of Willie as we know him in his long braids and outlaw outfits, with his busted up guitar, playing and singing his songs on huge stages around the world.

If you read about Willie's life, there were many odd jobs and many rejections, many false starts and disappointments.

He surely didn't envision the Willie Nelson he became.

But he must have envisioned something.

He must have had a feeling, an inkling, some small notion, some big dream, something that kept him trying.

Or it was just his pure love of music.

That was enough to put one foot in front of the other each day maybe.

I want to remember that you manufacture the person you want to be, the life you want to have.

There's an expression that says something about how at twenty you have the face God gave you but at fifty you have the face you deserve.

Something brutal in an expression like that, but barring terrible accidents and disasters, there's some truth to this.

Willie deserves the authenticity he has. He created it from nothing. He earned it.

I endeavor each day to do something like this with the body, the mind, the heart, and the soul I was given at birth.

I play a solo show tonight 6:30-8:30 at the sweet little Finnish Bistro and I will aim for authenticity.


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