Win a copy of Kris Kristofferson's 'Feeling Mortal' CD

It’s hard to imagine any artist coming up on the scene these days ever managing to make it 43 years into a songwriting career. That’s a whole lot of music, made over the course of a lifetime – despite trends and the ebbs and flows of the industry. But, that’s exactly what Kris Kristofferson has pulled off so far.

At the age of 76, Kristofferson is ready to release his first album of new material in four years. Produced by Don Was, Feeling Mortal is a ruminative, reflective album. It depicts a songwriter digging further into himself, holding himself accountable for a life full of choices. It's a poetic, haunting, wonderful record and we're looking forward to giving it away to two lucky ND community members this week. 

To enter:  comment on this blog post telling us a great story about a time you saw Kristofferson live or the way one of his songs got you "feeling mortal". At the very least, we'd like to hear what your favorite Kristofferson song is and why. Get creative. Tell us a story. 

Two winners will be chosen at random to receive a free copy of the disc. 

The contest will remain open until 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Anyone is welcome to enter but the CD prize can only be shipped to a U.S. address.  

To leave a comment on this post, scroll to the bottom of this page and post your comment in the comment box. Entries posted via Facebook, Twitter, or separate blog posts on this or any other site, will not be counted. 

Good luck!

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Comment by olds sleeper on January 29, 2013 at 3:13am

"loving her was easier" hit me while i was painting one came on (violins and strings) and it just took me to another place. ...the best songs take us to a place we used to dwell but have forgotten...and that song at that mooment took me back to a girl i dated in my early twenties...i became too nostalgic to work...vivid memories just flooded my mind.- things i hadnt thought about and assumed i was over...but it welled up heavy. i cracked a beer and hit repeat.

Comment by Bob Hatfield on January 29, 2013 at 3:48am

Sunday Morning Coming Down - In my younger days I can remember a few Beers for breakfast on Sunday Morning. GREAT SONG!

Comment by Paula DelVecchio on January 29, 2013 at 4:21am

It's not just his lyrics, it's his voice.  It penetrates and calls up emotion.  What's not to love?

Comment by Susan Merrill on January 29, 2013 at 4:27am

Seventeen & adrift in the world. Hitched a ride with an 18-wheeler, singing Me & Bobby McGee for all I was worth in the cab with the girl I was traveling with, feeling the tenuousness of life like never before or since. 

Comment by Joe Maynard on January 29, 2013 at 4:29am

When I was about 6, living in Nashville ca. 1967, my parents split up and I was spending the night at my babysitter's house while my mom worked the night shift as a nurse. My babysitter had a big party and a bunch of hippies came over. In the morning there was a bearded guy, yes, THAT guy, at the breakfast table. There were sugar crisps and sugar pops. Me & "Bobby McGee" discussed the merits of Sugar Crisps versus Sugar Pops over the table. I consider that my first aesthetic discussion with a bonafide artiste. 

Comment by RANDALL Burrows on January 29, 2013 at 4:43am
"Maybe You Heard" is a song that everyone thinks is about them
Comment by Rick Boardman on January 29, 2013 at 4:43am

The year was 1971 and I was just back from Vietnam.  My sister and I were back from our colleges in the Carolinas visiting our parents in their new home in the Washington, DC suburbs.  We wanted to go out on the town one evening with friends who also happened to be in the area.  I searched through the Washington Post listings and couldn't find anything that looked very promising.  I came across an ad for a small but well-known nightclub in the hip Georgetown section of DC called the Cellar Door.  I hadn't heard of the musician but the ad noted that he was the writer of Janis Joplin's hit "Me and Bobby McGee."  I tossed that possibility out and everyone went for it with the hope of a tolerable evening.  I have never enjoyed a performace more.  The young Kris was "on" and had a great rapport with the audience built up with the songs and with the banter.  He had us rolling in the aisles.  I don't remember too many details, but I recall him introducing a song written by another young songwriter he liked named Prine.  The song, of course was Sam Stone.  Prior to seeing Kristofferson I had dismissed country music at the time, a feeling born of arrogance and only hearing Nashville mainstream crap.  But I had loved Dylan's Nashville Skyline and this Kristofferson performance really turned me around.  I immediately went out and bought both of his records that were out at the time -- the second being a very new release call "Silver Tongue  Devil" -- and proceeded to play both until I wore out the grooves.  They both still sound great.  Kristofferson went on to do many great things -- star in movies, tour with Willie, Waylon and Johnny,  marry Rita, etc.  But he was never better than night in that tiny Cellar Door space.

Comment by Joe Winans on January 29, 2013 at 4:48am

My first KK concert was in NOLA in the early, early '70s at Munucipal Aud. We were sitting in the very last row, I mean in the raffers if anybody remembers that place, they know what I'm talking about. Anyway, the band came out and warmed us up, Billy Swan, Fritts, Bruton, etc and out came Kris to a sellout crowd.
He started a song and stopped. Started another and stopped again., took off his guitar and stormed off the stage. It was an O'Crap moment!! About 30minutes passed, people started leaving, then the band came back out, fired up again and here he came. Apoligized, said he had a cold and had taked two many "Dristans", went into a killer show and sang until they had to turn off his power so they could clear the hall. I was hooked for life, still am!

Comment by Zachary Hopper on January 29, 2013 at 6:05am

I never had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Kristofferson live, but there are two songs of his that really resonate with me. "Why Me" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down". Now, I know that these aren't exactly deep tracks, but they...just...get me, you know? I first heard both songs as recorded by Johnny Cash and was intrigued to seek out the originals and I absolutely fell in love. His lyrics, and my God that voice! And while we're talking about his voice, I also loved his voice over work in the PlayStation 2 game Gun :)

Comment by JD on January 29, 2013 at 6:18am

I found out 73 days ago that I am going to be a father for the first time. I'm a little late to get on that boat, but excited just the same. One of the changes I have always wanted to make in my life is to rid myself of the drinking. I have never thought I could and have avoided taking measures to do so. The day after the announcement, I stopped drinking. For the first few weeks, I kept Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me" on repeat. I first heard the song on road trips in my youth. My father had a country 8-track collection and The Silver-Tongued Devil and I and Jesus Was A Capricorn were in heavy rotation. I have always loved Kris Kristofferson's music, but this song in particular has kept me going through the toughest part of my life. The introspection, the clarity, and the thoughtfulness exhibited makes me feel that I am not alone. For that song, I am forever grateful. And for the voice that sings it, I am forever a fan.


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