Kris Kristofferson in Sacramento -- It's All About Choices

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Looking through our schedules last month, my husband and I discovered we were holding tickets for two performances on October 22nd. One show was Laurie Anderson's Homeland Tour at the Mondavi Center in Davis. The other was Kris Kristofferson at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Between the two, I gravitated toward Laurie Anderson, but the truth is we saw her a couple years ago and, she is performing in Berkeley this Friday.

We were lucky that an associate in my office agreed to take the Mondavi tickets from us, and my husband was able to score tix for the Berkeley show (I'll be in Las Vegas at an About.com conference), so Kris Kristofferson it was. Besides, Kristofferson is getting up there in age, he's 72, and Laurie Anderson is 61. Sometimes you've got to choose the older artist just in case he or she won't be around much longer, if you know what I mean.

I love the Crest. It's a great venue to see a concert, well laid out, small and intimate. Plus, because I am a subscriber, we got terrific third-row seats. I sat down next to a woman who asked me how I heard about the show. She seemed disappointed that it wasn't much advertised. Well, how did she get tickets for the third row, then, I asked. Turns out her son is in a movie with Kris Kristofferson. What a small world. Then she asked me how I knew any of his music since I was obviously in my 30s. LOL. I don't think she was wearing her glasses.

When I mentioned to a client yesterday that we were going to see Kristofferson, he asked me what kind of show it was. I had to laugh, saying he wasn't even born yet when A Star is Born was released in 1976, although it's likely my client caught it on cable somewhere. I read that Kristofferson once said that working with Barbra Streisand cured him of doing movies, but that didn't stop him from making the financial disaster, Heaven's Gate. It seemed strange to explain that Kristofferson is basically a writer, responsible for such songs as Me and Bobby McGee and Sunday Morning Coming Down, and that he performs his own songs, something he didn't do early on his career.

During the show, a young woman with long blonde hair rushed up to the stage, bent over, threw her hair to the floor and raised her arms in homage to Kristofferson, sort of a worshipping gesture reminiscent of Wayne's World. Then she blew kisses left and right and dashed back to her seat. That isolated act of admiration, I believe, expressed the sentiment of the entire audience.

Even though Kristofferson didn't hit very many notes on key, lost a bit of rhythm here and there, and abruptly ended every single song he performed, nobody cared. When he sang the last line of each song, he simply stopped playing guitar. There were no lingering guitar strokes, extra chords or stunning conclusion, sort of like his life, I imagine.

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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Elizabeth,

His wife was really talented. She divorced him after making the movie "The Sailor that fell from Grace".

I wonder why?

Tom Braatz

Oct 23, 2008 04:51 AM #1
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I dunno, Tom. Probably substance abuse problems, I suspect.

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Oct 23, 2008 06:44 AM #2
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Kevin O'Shea
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Looks like you had a great time - good for you!

All the best

Oct 23, 2008 09:57 AM #3
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Linda Jandura
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Going to concerts is one of my favorite things to do, especially the old guys that I remember from when they were first famous!   Third row seats sound like the best. You could have almost touched him!.

Oct 23, 2008 10:49 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I cannot believe that Kristofferson is approaching 72 years of age.  Time does fly faster than smoke through a keyhole.

I took a little temporary job with a software development company, back in 1997 that was supposed to last just 3 months.  I ended up being there 8 1/2 years.  It was a great job, with a bunch of rambunctious brainy software developers and engineers.  All of them were mere kids.  I continued to actively sell real estate at the same time, and many of them were the greatest of clients.  BUT one morning, two of the guys came into the office and said, "Myrl, we have an extra ticket to the John Mellenkamp and John Fogarty concert at Lake Tahoe this evening, and we want you to come with us."  I want to tell you that was one of the best evenings of my life. 

But I'm still sad that I missed Woodstock, and that I missed the Elton John and Billy Joel concert in Sacramento a few years back.

Oct 23, 2008 12:33 PM #5
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Hi Kevin: I'm an old concert goer from waaaayyy back. And yes, it was great!

Hi Linda: Ah, two peas in a pod. Yeah, I could have touched him if I leaped over the first two rows, which I would have done when I was in my 20s, but today I have to think about throwing out my back.

Hi Myrl: I missed Woodstock, too, not that I didn't want to go but because I wasn't allowed to leave the state. However, that spring (1970) when the show shifted to Bloomington, Illinois, I said what the hell heck and went. The main highlight I remember was waking up in the only dry corner of a tent at 4 AM hearing BB King do The Thrill is Gone.

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Oct 23, 2008 01:09 PM #6
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Scott Cowan
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Elizabeth- Concerts are so much fun. As we get older we tend to enjoy them differently than we did when we were younger but they are still enjoyable! Kris would be one that I would like to see. Glad you had a good time.

Best,

Scott

Oct 23, 2008 01:23 PM #7
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I don't know about you Scott, but I still hoop and holler at concerts. :)

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Oct 23, 2008 01:26 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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My husband says Kris can't sing AT ALL.  But I love him.  I have one of his cds and when I put it in my car I sing along.  That may be his secret.  Every non singer can sing along and it doesn't matter.  One of my friends said he grew up in a hugely wealthy home but chose to drift as an artist.  I don't know if it is true.  I envy your concert!!

Oct 23, 2008 01:30 PM #9
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Hi Barbara: Kristofferson isn't known for his finely tuned vocals (much like Bob Dylan). It's his gift of expressing raw emotion and talent for writing sensitive words that make people love him. He is a former Rhodes Scholar. Did you know that? Yet, he has this earthy, down-home realness to him. He's what Sarah Palin wishes she could be if she could fathom democratic ideals and had half a brain.

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Oct 23, 2008 01:37 PM #10
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Elizabeth, I love that comment.  I didn't know he was a Rhodes scholar.  And I definitely agree with the "half a brain" statement.

Oct 23, 2008 01:44 PM #11
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Hi Barbara: Thanks for the endorsement. In many circles, we are in the minority among the real estate professionals. But you know what? The rebel in me says I don't give a damn, hoot.

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Oct 23, 2008 01:48 PM #12
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Elizabeth....glad you enjoyed the preformance....even though off key. He's older than I thought! Interesting hearing about the performance and your evening!

Oct 23, 2008 02:18 PM #13
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I love concerts.  When I was a kid I went to the Allman Brothers in a small little theater in Macon, GA with no amps.  I would love to see Kristofferson too.  I really didn't realize he was 72 either.  Of course when I heard Kenny Rogers was 70 today I was a bit floored by that as well.  I love your logic for choosing Kristofferson because he might die sooner.  I'll have to remember that.

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Elizabeth- I agree  about your two peas in a pod comment about my comment, especially now that you've said this!

He's what Sarah Palin wishes she could be if she could fathom democratic ideals and had half a brain.

Oct 23, 2008 02:23 PM #15
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Hi Jeanean; Well, he wasn't off key entirely. :) But yeah, he's a lot older than I remembered. Then again, in 1976, he seemed pretty old then, so go figure.

He Tammy: I believe Kenny Roger's age. LOL.

Hi Linda: I guess I have to go back and make sure you are an associate. I'm terrible at doing that. I always forget. Sorry.

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Oct 23, 2008 03:11 PM #16
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how fun - I love Kris - and I do remember "A Star is Born" and many other projects he has done over the years - glad you shared it with us

Oct 23, 2008 03:44 PM #17
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You're welcome, Thesa. And I hope you enjoyed the video! I'd like to take credit for the video but I can't.

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Oct 23, 2008 03:56 PM #18
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Hi Elizabeth

Sounds kind of sad, although I know you had a good time. 

This is what legends are made of-knowing when to exit with style.

Pam

Oct 24, 2008 02:10 AM #19
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Hi Pam: Well, the video is a bit sad -- yet you can count your blessings that you're not alone on a Sunday. Or digging around in the hamper for your cleanest dirty shirt. I can listen to that song over and over and be glad it's not me.  :)

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