OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley’s Mona Lisa Moment

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OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley’s Mona Lisa Moment

Published on April 17, 2013 by CMT News

Brad Paisley
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

When Brad Paisley was in Las Vegas for the Academy
of Country Music Awards, he took some time to play his new Wheelhousealbum for a small audience. I was lucky enough
to be there, to hear the songs and all the stories behind them. The one I loved the most was a tune called “The Mona Lisa,”
which I thought would be about the Leonardo da Vinci painting. But it’s not. Well, not totally. “When I was growing up in
West Virginia, I had never been west of the Mississippi River,” he recalled, admitting that he did go to California once in
the fourth grade. “So to go from being a redneck hillbilly that looks like I belong on Duck Dynasty to someone who
has done things I’ve never been allowed to do is inspiring and crazy.” For example, he talked about his first time visiting
the Louvre museum in Paris. “I got to see the Mona Lisa. And I thought, ‘All right, what’s the big deal?’ It’s the
greatest painting in the world, but come on. She’s kind of half attractive,” he joked. “But you walk around the corner and
there it is. All I kept thinking was, ‘What’s the deal with that frame? How did that frame get that gig?” So the song, which
Paisley wrote with Chris DuBois, is a love song of sorts. It’s about “every time I put my arms around you, I feel like the
frame that gets to hold the Mona Lisa, and I don’t care if that’s all I ever do.”

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