Moment Of Forever
Album review by: Cheryl
Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
wrote only three of the thirteen tracks on Moment
of Forever, produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy
Cannon, the album is delivered in pure Willie Nelson
fashion and that translates to authentic musical metered
magic. Nelson, who will be 75 this year, was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973, the Country Music Hall of
Fame in 1993, received the Living Legend Award in 1996 and,
with this album, demonstrates why he continues to be an
inspiring troubadour in American music history and one of
country music's most beloved icons.
album kicks off with "Over You Again,"
written by Willie, Micha, and Lukas Nelson, it
is the title cut, written by Nelson's good friend Kris
Kristofferson with Danny Timms, "Moment of
Forever" that is the perfect introduction for the
rest of the album. This is an easy flowing melody that is
sublimely enhanced by Nelson's poignant rendition and
Trigger's unique input on the bridge.
young enough to dream / And I was old enough to learn
something new / I’m so glad I got to dance with you / For a
moment of forever”
I enjoyed all
of the songs on the album but "Keep Me From Blowing
Away" was definitely one of my favorite tracks.
Nelson's familiar voice and guitar playing are so unique and
we've come to trust the integrity of the lyrics he so
“Oh Lord, if
you’re listening / I know I’m no Christian / I ain’t got
much coming to me / So send down some sunshine / And throw me
a lifeline / And keep me from blowing away”
him sing "Always Now," one of the three cuts
he wrote, reminds me why I have referred to him in previous
reviews as a consummate singer and songwriter. He covers an
eclectic variety of songs on this project and easily manages
to make each one of them his own; in fact, in my humble
opinion, his version of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger"
is even better than the original.
His duet with Kenny
Chesney, "Worry B Gone," was the perfect
follow up to "When I was Young and Grandma Wasn't Old"
and the ideal prelude to "You Don't Think I'm Funny
Anymore;" the latter, another of the three tunes
penned by Nelson, has some super harmonica riffs and a really
contagious rhythm that is guaranteed to get your toes tapping
and the final line will make you smile.
"Gotta Serve Somebody" is the final cut on
this album and this one cut is enough to make sure you get
your money's worth. This track runs nearly eight minutes but I
must admit that it didn't seem that long while I was
listening. That fact speaks to the way Nelson is able to
articulate this song; not just lyrically, but musically. When
you just fall into a song and lose all track of time; well,
you know you are listening to great stuff. But I am going to
give you a heads up on this final track. "Gotta Serve
Somebody" ends at 7 minutes and 55 seconds but don't turn
your CD player off because at 8 minutes and 11 seconds you
will hear an impromptu bit of interaction about the 12th track
that takes place between the musicians, the producers, and
Nelson. Fun stuff at the end and over all, not surprisingly, a
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