Grandpa Willie is just too cool for his own good, you know? Of course whenever anyone interviews him they want to talk about his notorious pot pension, which kind of makes me wonder if he ever gets tired of answering those types of questions. Unfortunately, his interviews pretty much give no clue to how he actually feels about the ever-present marijuana questions.
Anyway, Willie's getting ready to head overseas (tour dates)to Paris, Germany, Ireland, and the UK among others in June and so to gear up for the foreign tour he's started doing interviews with the foreign media, and of course you know what the first thing they want to talk about is. Despite this, every once in a while you get a gem of a quote.
In his latest interview, Willie tells the Telegraph about why sad country songs are good for the soul...
‘Well the country songs themselves are three-chord stories, ballads which are mostly sad. If you are already feeling sorry for yourself when you listen to them they will take you to an even sadder place.
'Sometimes that’s good for your mind. It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time. It’s better than having a drink when you feel life has abused you, because that way you can end up a drunk.
'We enjoy making ourselves feel sad. People will pay good money to come and cry. Give me a hundred bucks for a ticket and I’ll make you cry!’
And are there any that make him cry? ‘You do have to be careful singing these songs over and over again because they can become self-fulfilling. Some of my songs I find quite painful to sing because they remind me of certain times in my life.
'There are some I have written and recorded which I don’t perform for that reason. I don’t want to go back there. There are some though, like Crazy and Night Life, I can keep doing because they have become standards, general rather than specific.’
Willie's heading to my neck of the woods in September...sure hope I get to have myself one of those good Willie-induced boo hoos.