‘I fly helicopters for the US Army Rangers, I’m a Captain!’
Sounds like a Night Club pick up line doesn’t it?
But this guy didn’t need pick up lines; five foot 10, built like a brick shit house, he had the body and looks to melt a million women’s hearts and they did. His eyes of blue, cutting through inhibitions and natural shyness as easily as a weight watchers weigh-in cake.
Man, this guy had it all! Fit and athletic he made the pages of Sports Illustrated as a young man due to his celebrated efforts in US Collegiate Rugby Union. What a man!
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he should of had it all – and he did, but not in the way you’d expect. Not only was he born into a privileged life, he was born with the intellect few could compete with. Earning a Rhodes Scholarship he studied at Oxford where he received a Master’s degree in English Literature. Oh, and while he was there he received his ‘Blue’ for boxing; as well as playing rugby for Oxford University.
Jeez, this guy is unbelievable don’t you think?
He is, but he is real and he is one of my greatest hero’s.
Kris Kristofferson take a bow.
With a fine a military career ahead of him (he was tutoring at Westpoint when he discharged himself – and thereby excommunicating himself from his family); with the brains to do well in business, he decided instead to turn away and dedicate his life to the Arts. And I am so grateful he did.
Writing, composing, singing and acting, just as you would expect – Kris could do them all, and with style, panache, and an honesty that was quite disarming and sometimes uncomfortable. Kris wore many badges, but his tortured artist badge, his understanding of the fragility of the human condition is something that I have always admired and has always inspired.
There is understanding in his lyric, there is hope and he sings of life through the eyes of someone who had no right to see such things. There is genuine humility and a lived air of gritty realism which pervades his work and makes it so raw and real. The juxtaposition between talented rich kid and a down and outer cannot be more stark nor impressive.
Collaborations with Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Rita Coolidge, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Shel Silverstein, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Stephen Stills and Bob Dylan cement Kris in the top echelon of American Artists.
Anyone’s hero? He’s certainly mine.
And just because it’s Sunday – here’s one of my favorite K.K.’s songs (and be honest who hasn’t ever felt like this on a Sunday?)
Kia Ora Roly