Kris Kristofferson recently surfaced on Sundance channel's Spectacle hosted by Elvis Costello.
For me, he still represents a person who embraces ALL that life has to offer. The good, the bad, the ugly.
Above he's pictured with Rita Coolidge, second of his three wives. The year was 1972 when "Help Me Make It Through The Night" won him a Grammy and a third single "Why Me?" boosted his then most recent album's sluggish sales.
The song begs the question: "Why me, Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I've known?"
Regardless of our beliefs or faith, the song's message seems to hit a chord with many.
Watching Kristofferson now, in his 70s, he's likely come to terms with the pain he's endured and caused in others. Humble, happy and with that twinkle still in his eyes, only a man who has lived such a life could have written another classic lyric: "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."
Thanks, Kris, for your gift of language and for posing an age-old question for the end of any day...