It's amazing to think that standards like Me And Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Help Me Make It Through The Night, and For The Good Times all came from Kris Kristofferson's debut album. Kristofferson was a bridge between my father's and my musical tastes. My Dad prefers early rock and roll and country music, and I'm all over the map, but have a preference for classic, cinematic pop. Kristofferson's keen narrative, progressive storytelling style is very cinematic, but his roots are in country. He pushed that genre of music forward in the early 70s, and it was in that era that I grew up listening to the radio. Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Sammi Smith, and Ray Price made those aforementioned songs international hits, and it was those versions by those artists that I first heard. For The Good Times stood out for me though. Many people have interpreted that song, but Ray Price's version is killer.
I saw Kris Kristofferson play solo in April 2006, at Convocation Hall in Toronto. It was just him, a t-shirt, an old pair of jeans, and an acoustic guitar. He held us in thrall for almost three hours. Great song after great song came pouring out of him. That man has lived. I felt privileged to be there.
I lost someone recently who was very special to me a long time ago, so the lyrics take on added poignancy as I sing them for you now.
I need a new piano. This old clacking keyboard is on its last legs.
I dedicate this song though to another Kristofferson-composer fan, my Dad.
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