Chesney finds I'm Alive for singledom
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
– I'm Alive
is the new single from Kenny Chesney. And friend Dave Matthews helps as well.
"We all lead pretty amazing lives," said Chesney. "The trick is to see what you've got... to count your blessings... rather than worrying about what you think you need."
The song, which arrives at country radio this week for an Aug. 17 add date, has already had an interesting life. Originally recorded by Chesney for the more introspective "Lucky Old Sun," the song also ended up on the new "Greatest Hits II." Prior to that, it was on Willie Nelson's "Moment of Forever."
"It was never meant to be some kind of a message - except to maybe myself," said Chesney. "I think when you go through stuff, even if it's just an awful morning after a real good night, you consider how lucky you are to be where you are. That's what the song is all about."
"It's funny, though. It's one thing when Willie Nelson at 70 sings it, and something totally different when Dave and I do. One is from a place of really knowing; for us, it was more just the fact that we realize it."
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