Particle Kid (Micah Nelson) Teams With Willie Nelson For New Single ‘Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven)’

Watch the music video Micah created for the track.

By Nate Todd Jun 20, 2022 2:01 pm PDT

Particle Kid (Micah Nelson) and his father Willie Nelson shared a new collaborative single, “Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven).” The song arrived with an accompanying music video created by Micah.

The concept for “Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven)” came in late 2020 when the Nelsons rode out the pandemic together in Texas. Micah detailed the creative spark that spawned the new single:

“Sometime back in December 2020, in between endless rounds of chess and dominos, my dad looked up at me and said, ‘If I die when I’m high I’ll be halfway to heaven’. It took me a second to process, but I said, ‘Dad, that’s the best song title I ever heard. You better write the rest of it quick.’ He said. ‘Why don’t you write it?’ So I did. That night I wrote it for him, about him. It’s really just a love letter to him. A tribute.”

Micah also spoke about the meaning the song took on as he wrote it:

“At the same time I realized it’s also a sort of ‘fuck you’ to anyone who ever thought of me as some lost prodigal son who doesn’t understand him or respect his legacy just because I’ve never imitated his style or pandered to his audience. HE is the one who gave me my Particle Kid moniker after all. We are both freaks, in our time. I’m no prodigal son. I am HIS Particle Kid. I would never try to be him, or even pretend, because nobody will ever be him. But believe it or not I do relate to the Willie fans because I am one of them. They know how incredible and one of a kind he is. So this song is for the real Willie fans too. They get it.”

Micah created the “Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven)” music video using time-lapse footage shot at the Nelson’s Luck Ranch in Texas, live performance clips of the song as well as animated portraits he created digitally of Willie at different times in his life. Watch it below:


Particle Kid and Willie Nelson are touring together this summer on Willie’s traveling Outlaw Music Festival. Check out the dates below:

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