Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times has a write up about it: "Kris Kristofferson is 'Feeling Mortal': On his latest album, the singer-songwriter stares death straight in the eye — with a sense of humor — and is fine with what he sees there."
Here's an interesting quote from Lewis's write-up, regarding Kristofferson's song, "Ramblin' Jack":
"It's about all of us, really... The lyric on chorus is incredibly powerful: 'He ain't afraid of where he's going, not ashamed of where he's been, made his own mistakes, made his own love.' That's everybody. There's a real acceptance of the flaws."
A buddy of mine used to play Kristofferson's songs on guitar. He taught me a deeper appreciation of Kristofferson as a poet/songwriter.
"Feeling Mortal" (which is also a song) sounds like Kristofferson's "lettin' it all out." Check out some of the songs and lyrics, especially "Not in My Name," which I feel all the way. Thanks for writing that Mr. Kristofferson.
I've been feeling mortal myself at least since I broke my leg and ankle on an airborne jump at Fort Benning, Georgia in my 20s. Then going over to Iraq in 2003-2004 gave me a much deeper perspective on mortality than I had before.
Seems like things keep happening that keep making me feel mortal. And I keep thinking about things that make me ever more skeptical of humankind's quest for "immortality."
It's quite a transition from feeling "invincible" when you're younger to coming to terms with your own mortality. Despite everything that's happened, I'm glad I had the chance to think deeply about mortality in my 20s, sooner rather than later.
Life's precious, but so is the transition we call "death," the ultimate reality check.
What makes you feel mortal? What do you think our mortality means?
Leave some comments, and we'll go from there.