Kris Kristofferson: Parasite

This past weekend my wife and I attended a Kristofferson concert.

Yeah, he’s a lefty, but he’s also an amazing poet. His songs capture much. Sunday Morning Coming Down, Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it Through the Night.

The crowd was as suspected – Older Boomers and a few on either side of the generation who grew-up listening to Janis Joplin, Kristofferson and others who covered his songs.  (WIllie Nelson does the best of which I am aware.)

But he couldn’t sing. His delivery had zero energy. Past his prime he ended lines on a downward minor chord rather than the higher notes they need, and to which we have become accustomed, but which he evidently no longer can sing. He is too old for concerts. Time to retire and relax. Go while we still remember the vigor.

But he also couldn’t JUST sing. He was unable to get himself through a song without a political comment against America, its leaders – including Democrat Bill Clinton. Quoting Laura Ingraham, he couldn’t just “Shut up and Sing.”

In order to appreciate his often incomparable lyrics, the feeling which enthused his work, we had to be presented with images in our minds of “Bush and Dick Cheney in the shower together,” and war for oil and other silly liberal tropes.

His audience? Successful or moderately successful adults from our free-market economy. People who have worked and achieved some level of success in the society he could not help but deride. People who have, over the decades, bought his albums and attended his concerts. People who chose to spend their money and their time to listen to Kristofferson sing his songs. Money they could afford because of our free-market economy, the opportunity of the market.

People from a lifestyle affording them the money necessary to pay for his tickets so he can grow rich on the backs of we working people as we pay our hard-earned dollars for his tickets… so he can trash our ideals, our goals, our work, our nation. And put our money into his bank-account, all the while deriding capitalism.

He’s a parasite. Perhaps too dumb, but perhaps not too dumb to realize it. He has been, after all, an insightful man, very good at looking into people and writing excellent songs showing us ourselves. Perhaps, when he is deep into a bottle he realizes his parasitical nature and that he requires us to be everything he speaks against, or he’d be broke and in the gutter in his ‘cleanest dirty shirt.’

My wife and I were not the only couple that called it a night at intermission and followed each others’ cars out of the parking lot, onto the freeways of Los Angeles, and home.

About Alex Scipio

About Alex Scipio: Alex moved out of the People's Republic of California to the Free State of Arizona, finally tiring of the lack of the Bill of Rights, the overgrown idiocracy, and the catering to non-Americans & welfare recipients. He still wonders how America got from Truman, Eisenhower, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Liberal and Conservative extremes so badly managing America today. And, yes, islam DOES need to be annihilated. And doing what he can to get folks away from the extremes of political life.
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4 Responses to Kris Kristofferson: Parasite

  1. Matt says:

    Don! I was just thinking the other day that it had been too long since an ietmeinulds email came my way! Always puts a smile on the day, keep up the great work!

  2. MM says:

    Nothing wrong with capitalism – it’s our government’s abuse of the system to fund illegal wars and bomb civilians – that’s what Kris is protesting.
    For every one of you, there’s a thousand more happy, uplifted people at Kris’s shows, and I’m one of them.
    I need say no more and rest my case.

  3. Alex Scipio says:

    MM: In your ideological response you missed the point of my post.

    I agree that he is an “amazing poet;” it was the 2nd sentence in the post. I called his lyrics “incomparable,” and commented that they enthuse his work.

    I knew he was a lefty. I appreciate his songs. Why did you think I went? I can appreciate excellent poetry and writing that is not along my worldview, just as I appreciate that some of the best political speeches I have ever heard were by people with whom I disagree: Ted Kennedy’s “where was George” speech among them.

    But the facts are as I stated them: He no longer can sing at the level required to justify his ticket prices, he was unable to sing his often-great lyrics, he could not bring himself to sing without interspersing his songs with nonsensical political drivel that detracted from HIS ARTISTRY. (I don’t care about his in-between commentary, that’s his right as the artist on the stage.)

    And in his constant need to hammer capitalism while accepting the fruits of that capitalism from his audiences, pure hypocrisy, he has become a parasite.

    I’m sorry you don’t like the facts, but ideology doesn’t change them.

    Thanks for reading.

  4. MM says:

    Kris speaks the truth. Kris has always written and sung songs that tell the truth we aren’t told by mainstream media. Some people deny the truth by calling Kris a “lefty”. Kris has been sticking up for the underdog for years – that’s what he does! He has great compassion for all humanity. Kris sticks up for the forgotten and the nameless, and those made to disappear. If you knew he was a “lefty” why did you even go to his concert in the first place, only to leave and then write such mean spirited, untrue things about him? Some ignorant people call it “politics” when Kris sings about Layla Al-Attar, the Iraqi artist killed by US bombs. Some people act surprised when Kris sings about these things in concert – something he’s been doing for years!
    Kris reaches people with his heart, and whether or not you realize it, he’s even touched you. Kris is all about love. If it makes you feel better to write such cruel, untrue things about such a beautiful, compassionate human being as Kris, then I really feel sorry for you. All you’ve succeeded in doing is showing how small minded and mean spirited you really are.

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