Willie Nelson’s 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing” arrives on April 27th. Like much of Nelson’s recent work it deals with themes of mortality, aging and watching good friends die.
Buddy Cannon, who produced “Last Man Standing”, also happens to have co-written all 11 of its songs with Nelson. Cannon and Nelson have a long history of writing together in an unconventional way: They share text messages back and forth with snippets of lyrics that the other then builds upon and adds to. The first song they wrote together in this manner was “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which was released in 2012.
The song Something You Get Through speaks to the deep tragedy of loss and the strength surviving significant others muster to cope. I trust it brings salvation to everyone with a heavy heart reading this post.