Kris Kristofferson: Melancholy Reflections on Love, Separation, Loss and Mortality

Kris Kristofferson: Music from Closer to the Bone

Kris Kristofferson: Melancholy Reflections on Love, Separation, Loss and Mortality

Fill your heart for the morning tomorrow
You’ve still got a long way to grow
And the love that you’re dreaming will guide you
And live like a song in your soul.

Kris Kristofferson has always been a reflective musician, thinking about the mysteries of the soul with honest observations about love, separation, loss and mortality.  The soul, to which Kristofferson addresses the majority of his concerns on his excellent new album, Closer To The Bone, is something that he’ll still be trying to figure out until the very day of his final ache, his final breath and his last fading dream.  He sounds solemn and determined to finally reach some of the answers that he’s been seeking for so many long years.  Most of the album revolves around simple guitar playing and  simple melodies, which never fail to bring a sense of gravity into focus and to make all of his revelations sound as if they were there all along, but it just took an older him to finally see or hear them.

Closer to the Bone can be experienced as a sequel to its much-acclaimed predecessor, This Old Road.  While Closer to the Bone doesn’t entirely replicate the seemingly casual approach of This Old Road, it aims to deliver the same sense of earthy simplicity.  While his new album approaches the same profound issues as its predecessor, the intimate sense of the new album strongly conveys a general mood of reflection about where we all are at this end of life.

Both albums mark the latest works of a distinguished career that has given us such classic American songs as Me and Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down and Help Me Make It Through the Night; stardom in such feature films as Lonestar, The Blade Trilogy, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid and A Star is Born; honors including three Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and years of outspoken political and social activism.  This November, he will be honored as a BMI Icon at the performing rights organization’s Country Awards.  Kristofferson is currently a member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Kris Kristofferson: Closer to the Bone (2009)

Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road (2006)

Slide Show: Kristofferson Reflects on Love, Separation, Loss and Mortality

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Photo of the Day: Look on the Sunny Side

Photo of the Day: Look on the Sunny Side

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

June Carter Cash: Keep On The Sunny Side

June Carter and Johnny Cash: Keep On The Sunny Side

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Photo of the Day: Face to Sun

June Carter Cash: Keep on the Sunny Side

Photo of the Day: Face to Sun

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC


June Carter and Johnny Cash: Keep on the Sunny Side

A Tribute to June Carter Cash: Keep on the Sunny Side

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Dolly Parton’s Joyful Anthem: Better Get to Livin’

Dolly Parton: Backwoods Dolly

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin

Dolly Parton’s Better Get to Livin

Dolly Parton’s forthcoming album might be called Backwoods Dolly, but one particularly uplifting single from the album, Better Get to Livin’, shows that the timeless entertainer is more wise philosopher than a painted, plastic country kewpie doll. She introduced this joyful anthem during an earlier prime-time appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. At the heart of the track is Parton’s sweetly distinctive vocal, backed by the angelic voices of acclaimed gospel songbirds Sonya and Becky Isaacs. The well-crafted lyrics find Parton encouraging others to live life to the fullest. Brimming with Parton’s signature wit, wisdom and personality, it’s the musical equivalent of getting a much-needed boost from your favorite partner.

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin

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Today’s Country Aural Delight: Dolly Parton’s “Better Get to Livin'”

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin’

Dolly Parton’s recent album could be called Backwoods Dolly, but one particular uplifting single from the album, Better Get to Livin’, shows that the timeless entertainer is more sage philosopher than country kewpie doll. She introduced this joyful anthem during a recent prime-time appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and country music programmers would do well to keep it in the limelight. At the heart of the track is Parton’s sweetly distinctive vocal, backed by the angelic voices of acclaimed gospel songbirds Sonya and Becky Isaacs. The well-crafted lyrics find Parton encouraging others to live life to the fullest. Brimming with Parton’s signature wit, wisdom and personality, it’s the musical equivalent of getting a much-needed boost from your favorite companion.

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin’

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