• A cold, wild wind has come

    CNN.com – The ‘Man in Black’ Johnny Cash dead at 71 – Sep. 12, 2003

    Johnny Cash was probably one of the first musical sounds I ever heard. He was the staple of my dad’s repertoire. The lead to “Folsom Prison Blues” is one of the first things I learned to play on the guitar. I still have his Sun recordings in hot rotation on my PC.

    It wasn’t that he was a great singer. Or should I say, it wasn’t that he had a great voice. No, neither one of those statements is correct. He was a great singer with an incredible, unique voice. But, like Bob Dylan, it takes getting used to for some people. It was dark, growling and passionate. There’s not a single Cash song–from the serious (“I Walk the Line”) to the silly (“A Boy Named Sue”)–that he did half-way.

    Like all teenagers, I drifted a bit from the Cult o’ Cash. He wasn’t cool. Until, of course, I realized that the coolest cats are the ones who don’t try to be cool. He was a rebel at Sun, refusing to listen to traditional country wisdom. He was a rebel at Columbia, adding different instruments like horns (“Ring of Fire”) to country and writing defiant, meaningful lyrics (“What is Truth?”) or celebrating the unsung hero (“The Ballad of Ira Hayes”). And he never stopped–covering Nine Inch Nails in his 70’s, giving it even more dark meaning.

    The old man turned off the radio
    Said, “Where did all of the old songs go
    Kids sure play funny music these days
    They play it in the strangest ways”
    Said, “it looks to me like they’ve all gone wild
    It was peaceful back when I was a child”
    Well, man, could it be that the girls and boys
    Are trying to be heard above your noise?
    And the lonely voice of youth cries “What is truth?”

    [Grooving to: I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash]
  • Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 07:59 | #1

    Rest in Peace, man.

  • Ric The Schmuck
    Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 08:03 | #2

    Indeed. Pretty crappy week, in regards to great musicians. Sigh.

  • Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 08:12 | #3

    As I wrote on my site, is it me or are there a lot of famous folks dying lately? John Ritter died, too, overnight.

  • Ric The Schmuck
    Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 08:17 | #4

    They say it comes in three’s… sheesh.

  • Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 11:04 | #5

    I grew up listening to him too. I loved his voice. Now he can be with June again. Rest in peace.

  • Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 11:49 | #6

    I was amazed when I heard his cover of Hurt. It makes me wonder what other things he might have covered or come up with had he lived longer. Thank goodness he left us all with such a wealth of music already.

  • Friday, September 12th, 2003 at 12:18 | #7

    I’m thinking that his cover of “Hurt” was a real nice little farewell to us all.
    Nice post, Solonor.
    God Bless us all.

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