This week, Johnny Cash would have been 81 years old. Tuesday, to be exact, would have been his birthday. I have been listening to his music this week and watching video of his life. I thought I needed to take a moment to share with you a small reminder of his existence. Peace.
A 23 years old Johnny Cash performing "I Walk the Line" live on
The Tex Ritter Show.
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line
Johnny was at the core of all things to come for, not just country music but, for all American Music. He was an individual, who would not be labeled, defined, or controlled by anything other than what was in his heart and his love for June. He always fought the brave fight. He lost as many as he won, but he never lost sight of the man he was. And to the very end, Johnny Cash defined what it means to be an icon,
both the benefits and the responsibilities.
"I Expect My Life To End ... Soon"
The last interview of Johnny Cash, on 20 August 2003, less than a month before his death on 12 September 2003.
John Carter Cash, the only child of Johnny and June Carter Cash, speaks candidly about his legendary fathers writing and recording of the music that would become his final album, American VI: Ain't No Grave. During these final recording sessions in May of 2003less than four months before he passedJohnny lost his wife June to surgical complications. According to producer Rick Rubin, Johnny said that recording was his main reason for being alive.
This documentary features music and interview footage of John Carter Cash talking about the recording of the songs that made up Johnny's final album. Also included are iconic film and images of Johnny around his writing cabin in Tennessee throughout his American Recordings career.
The Man in Black may no longer walk this Earthly realm, but through his music, Johnny Cash is very much alive and well and living among us.