You know you’ve written a great holiday song if children & women sing it in unison. For the Good Times, written by Kris Kristofferson in 1970, is not that song. It’s devastatingly beautiful. It was originally written for Ray Price, who made it a hit; and then many others came knocking on double K’s door to cover it. Al Green, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley and many more — because Kris Kristofferson is a walkin, talkin, actin, singin and writin, American landmark.
You’re not going to catch your little brats rummaging through their gifts under the tree thinking they’re getting that new video game they asked for while humming this heartbreaker around the holidays; but you might catch Mommy or Daddy ,alone, reminiscing about that one time everyone sat around the table together singing, Frosty The Snowman. Once, a long time ago, it was perfectly recorded by The Ronettes for Phil Spector’s amazing, 1963, Christmas Record. Before Mommy and Daddy’s divorce, or Phil’s handgun problem.
I’ll supply booze & tunes but bring your own food.
AW | andy whorehall