And, at 76, he’s still going.
Kristofferson’s latest album, Feeling Mortal, is as soul-baring as anything he’s ever recorded, his craggy voice, modest guitar strums and emotionally naked words as penetrating as they’ve ever been. He also seems to be contemplating the end of his long and winding road. From the title track: “God Almighty, here I am/Am I where I ought to be/I’ve begun to soon descend/Like the sun into the sea.”A world without Kristofferson? Maybe not, as he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview: “I think it’s funny that as human beings we never think about dying. I mean, we don’t preoccupy ourselves with it, because it would be kind of depressing. But the truth is we’re all gonna die. Well, maybe I won’t.”
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