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Friday, May 12, 2017

Words For The Ages

aphorism: a terse saying embodying a general truth.

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose": Kris Kristofferson

I'm guessing the aphorism directly above from Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee" will make his obit. Since he is still with us, that premise might strike some, notably Kris, as a bit ghoulish. Apologies.

But my rationale for initiating today's new series is not morbid. I submit many of us have absorbed dozens, if not hundreds, of these pithy tidbits over a lifetime of listening to good song lyrics. So, if that one above is not your choice for #1 Kris Kristofferson aphorism, which of his lyrics is?

This has the potential to be a long running series. Ways to participate: 1.) Suggest lyricists - alive or dead - that you'd like to see featured; I'll run with it from there; 2.) Submit an aphorism from a lyric - keeping in mind the word "terse" from the definition - that will challenge other readers to top yours; 3.) Respond to future challenges from yours truly.

P.S. In response to an earlier blog post in which I annoyingly whined about my continuing difficulty attracting the massive audience I so richly deserve, one reasonable suggestion was offered. Why not dedicate one day each week to a specific topical area, e.g. music on Mondays, film on Tuesdays, etc.? Though I decided not to use that suggestion wholesale, the introduction of this new series strikes me as a good time to test it in a more limited fashion. So, any lyric dweebs who double as aphorism nerds, be sure to visit the bell curve on the 12th of the month for the foreseeable future. And, do your homework for June 12. Lyricist to be featured one month from today: John Lennon          

1 comment:

  1. Here is a humorous side note about song lyrics. Years ago, when I was dating my now-husband, he was on vacation in Florida while I was in NJ. He mailed me a postcard with the heartfelt sentiment, "The weather is here. Wish you were beautiful." I thought this was hilarious and was in awe of his wit, as similar gems frequently found their way into his conversation. Not until after I married him - which seemed like the right thing to do at the time - did I realize that he had lifted so many of his lines from Jimmy Buffett song lyrics!