Kris Kristofferson, Honored at BMI Dinner

When Patty Griffin sang “Help Me Make It Through The Night” at the BMI dinner last night, Kris Kristofferson cried.  You could see tears running down his face.

Kris KristoffersonDozens of songs, songwriters, and publishers were honored for their contributions to country music at the annual event.  But when the band played the familiar Kristofferson melodies, and when Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, and Willie Nelson sang the familiar songs, “Me and Bobbie McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” we in the audience knew we had entered a different world.  Kristofferson’s songs took country music to a place of such anguish, such torture, such yearning, he taught us things about pain and suffering we did not know.  He gave us a language we never had before.

Thanks, Kris.  Thanks, too, for the tears.  They tell us our love for you and for your songs was not misplaced.  The songs were real. The pain was real.

It’s the pain we all feel.

2 Responses to Kris Kristofferson, Honored at BMI Dinner

  1. Chris Svitek November 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    I am a generation behind you and when I hear the name Kris Kristofferson, I think of Barbra Streisand and “A Star is Born”. It was a LONG time before I realized the he was a song writer and an incredible song writer at that. He is truly a very gifted man. Last night on Channel he said “Nashville saved my life”. What a storied life he’s had. I’m glad he’s being honored.

  2. Tad Lisella December 2, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks for your comments, Rita. For 40 years I’ve loved his music. It took a few weeks for me to get used to his voice, but since then I much prefer to hear him sing his owns songs. He’s a brilliant philosopher, raconteur, lover, rascal, adventurer and certainly a “silver-tongued devil.” I’m convinced he channels songs from somewhere in the heavens for our enjoyment. Love to see him honored.

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