And now for something completely different…

One of the things I find fascinating is the contrast between the light and the dark sides of some artists. Guys like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard crossed back-and-forth across that line so many times it seemed like they were afraid of getting caught by either God or the Devil. Elvis Presley loved (and was very good at) singing gospel songs. At the same time, he really just wanted to be an old black man singing the blues. Nowadays, either you’re a squeaky clean pop singer or Marilyn Manson. There is no struggle.

Johnny Cash was so good at crossing the line, his record company compiled his songs into a 3-volume set with the titles of God, Love, and Murder.

Another great thing about Cash was that he never stopped moving forward. He kept trying new things right up until the day he died. One of his great, haunting songs is “Thirteen” by Glenn Danzig (not exactly a well-known name in the halls of Nashville). I saw it on Michele’s 500 Songs List and just had to give it a try.


This is just about as opposite from the last song I uploaded as you can get. I’m just sayin’…

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5 Responses to And now for something completely different…

  1. Karan says:

    So, when are you and your posse coming to visit me and mine in Olympia?

  2. JustAGirl says:

    Wow…you sound all professional and stuff. Very nicely done!

  3. Cableman says:

    That is really good! You knew I’d like it.
    I’ve got the entire collection now 🙂

  4. it wasn’t flat! :O


  5. (i’m totally kidding you. you know that, don’tchoo? *mmmmwaah!)

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