Have you ever had a certain type of music grow on you as you’ve gotten older? Earlier today, while mowing the grass, my go-to station on Pandora I play is Creedence Clearwater, but for some reason, today they played a lot of Johnny Cash.
Growing up, we would watch Hee-Haw and a few other shows where Johnny Cash would come on and perform. I never really thought too much about his music then, but today, it’s growing on me. My Dad certainly enjoyed his music. Especially the song ‘One Piece at a Time’ about a guy who built a car out of stolen parts from GM, which is where my dad worked most of his life.
The photo above was of a guitar he’d signed that hangs in the Hard Rock Café in Tulsa. The lyric he’s quoting is from Folsom Prison Blues. The live version of that song was playing in my head as I was enjoying the 100-degree heat while covered in grass & sweat. It brought a smile to my face (the neighbors probably thought I was a little odd… well, no more than usual).
From his free concerts in prisons, to his Gospel music, ‘The Man in Black’ is still one of the greatest selling musicians of all time. He wasn’t about himself. He was about his audience and the every day person. Combining his baritone voice and story telling lyrics, he was one of a kind.
So, tonight, here’s to you, Johnny Cash, who ‘Walked the Line’, around the ‘Ring of Fire’, all the way down to ‘Jackson’. One day, I’m sure we’ll enjoy listening to you sing some of those oldies in Heaven. I posted a few of His greats below for you to enjoy a little tonight too…
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