God’s Problem Child – the album, has its fair share of death songs. The album became known as the first chapter in his mortality trilogy. Everyone’s favorite track from it?It Gets Easier.
Co-written with longtime friend Buddy Cannon, who also produced God’s Problem Child, the song not only applies to the advantages of aging, but also to Willie and Buddy’s collaborative process.
“We have a system that works,” Nelson told Rolling Stone Country. “I write a verse and he’ll write a verse and next thing you know we’ve got a song completed. Then we’ll get a melody, and he’ll go in the studio with a band to record it and put his vocal on there. Then when I get a chance, I go [into] the studio and I’ll record my vocal. Over the years, we put out four or five albums. It’s been really easy to do it that way.”