Sunday Morning Coming Down

If you’ve seen the unedited version of Ken Burns’ docu-series Country Music, you’ll already know the extraordinary story of how this morning’s song came about.

Kristofferson relates how he went with friends to a church service; he had never thought of needing help, but he was at a low point in his life. When the pastor asked the congregation, “Is anybody feeling lost?” “Up goes my hand,” Kristofferson says. The Pastor then asked, “Are you ready to accept Christ? Kneel down there.” “I’m kneeling there,” Kristofferson continues, “and I carry a big load of guilt around…and I was just out of control, crying. It was a release. It really shook me up.” Kristofferson later said, “It was just a personal thing I was going through at the time. I had some kind of experience that I can’t even explain.”

Shortly afterwards, he recorded this Larry Gatlin composition, which appears as the closing track on his 1973 album Jesus Was A Capricorn, and features Gatlin and soon-to-be Mrs Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, on backing vocals. It went on to be his biggest ever selling song, and is just stunning, irrespective of your views on religion:

Kris Kristofferson – Why Me

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

I have nothing to say about this, other than that it’s utterly lovely, and that I’d like to dedicate it to my niece and her new husband, if that doesn’t seem weird, given the title and the fact that it’s sung in the first person:

Ben Folds – The Luckiest

More soon.