INTERVIEW: Micah Nelson on Father Willie Nelson and "Uncle" Neil Young
Farm Aid 2014 - Raleigh, NC
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From an interview with Micah Nelson on his father Willie Nelson and his "Uncle" Neil Young in San Antonio Express by Hector Saldana:
Q. Finally, how do you explain the energy level of your father and Neil Young? How would you contrast them as musical artists in temperament and leadership style?Also, see Neil Young + Promise of the Real 2016 Concert Tour Dates for reviews, photos, videos and more.
Micah Nelson: They lead by example.
Their energy level is off the charts. Many people a third their age don’t have even a fraction of their drive and passion and endurance. They even make me feel old sometimes, and I don’t even sleep.
Dad definitely gets his energy from the sun. Solar powered. Maybe Uncle Neil is more charged by the energy of the moon. He always seems to align himself with the full moons. They are, both of them, wise elders of the Earth and will live forever, even after they are gone. They are fearless and bold and humble and ... hilarious. We all laugh a lot. They are wise storytellers who can paint such a vast spectrum of emotion and life experience that cuts straight to the core in the most simple tune.
I wonder how many folks’ minds and hearts have been saved by that perfect Neil record or that perfect Willie song that appeared in their lives just when it was needed most, that moment in that song that relates to what we are going through in such a profound way that nothing else can, and makes us feel less alone and makes life worth living again. I certainly feel lucky to have experienced that, time and time again.
They seem to only get better with the years, aging like a finely seasoned wine, Jedi masters. Elven-kings of the misty musical mountains.