OK, maybe somebody else has noticed this already. But I’m just a casual music listener — yet philosophical enough to put such stuff together.

Cute little singer Taylor Swift has a song called “Tim McGraw.” (My younger daughter’s musical taste is why I know this.)

And Tim McGraw — whom some consider cute and indeed little — has a song called “Kristofferson.”

And Kris Kristofferson has written more good songs than any other three musicians still around. (“For the Good Times,” Me & Bobby Mcgee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Jesus was a Capricorn” and “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down” — just for starts.)

I remember going, as a teen, on a double-date to hear Kris and then-wife Rita Coolidge at Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga. It is hard to believe he is now a third-generation music hero to younger artists.

But the truth is one generation does influence the next — for good or bad or some mixture of the two.

It is something to be aware of as we grow older. One of life’s most stunning moments is when a younger co-worker, intern or friend introduces you as his or her “mentor” for the first time.

Then suddenly the burden of being a person of influence rests heavier on your shoulders. Makes you want to ask, “Why me, Lord?”

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