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RIP Johnny Cash(22 posts)

RIP Johnny Cashmickey-mac
Sep 12, 2003 5:06 AM
I don't say this often, but this man will go down as a musical legend. It's hard to believe that he put out such amazing music up to the end.
his last video was haunting...you could tell he ...ClydeTri
Sep 12, 2003 6:03 AM
you could tell he knew he was approaching the last station on that train he heard a'coming....
re: his last videoPaulCL
Sep 12, 2003 6:24 AM
His wife makes an appearance in the video too. Apparently, she passed away just after this video was shot. He didn't look very good. The lyrics sounded like the last words of a man reviewing his life.
a little perspective on the original MIB.......NPA
Sep 15, 2003 6:47 AM
just bougfht his last album and its amazing the musical ground he covered. some of the songs from "American IV" and the original artists: Hurt -Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Bridge Over TRoubled Water (paul simon), Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode), First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (?),I'm So Lonesome I could Cry (Hank Williams, Sr.),Desperado (the eagles) as well as several original Jonny Cash songs, including one inspired by the Book of Revelation that originally ran 36 pages. Simply amazing the breadth of music he covered. Most of the guitar on the album is played by the guy from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
p.s. Doug- the boy was named Sue so he'd get his a@@ kicked and "grew up fast, and i grew up mean, and my fists got hard and my wits got keen" That beuty was written by none other than Shel Silverstein, whose books you should get for Luke if you don't have already.
re: RIP Johnny Cashrwbadley
Sep 12, 2003 7:55 AM
What a great voice he had! I remember when I was young he did a song called 'Boy named Sue' I thought that was such a powerful song, and so touching. Folsom Prison was also great. He really did sooo many good ones.

I can hear that train a comin'
coincidence...was just istening to boy named sue last night (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 12, 2003 8:56 AM
What?? Say it isn't so...Marketing Dept
Sep 12, 2003 8:54 AM
This is the first I've heard of his death. Wow, a real legend.

I hate country music but there was something edgy about his music that I have enjoyed since I was a teen. I was the only kid in school to have his 8-track stacked right beside KISS.

I miss him already.
If JCash were a cyclist, what would he ride?Marketing Dept
Sep 12, 2003 8:57 AM
I'd say a Black CarbonFiber Trek OCLV. Hey J was Americana all the way.

But then again, maybe a French Look, just go against the grain...
custom steel something 'r other nmgf99
Sep 12, 2003 9:14 AM
A sturdy old singlespeed cruiser withOldEdScott
Sep 12, 2003 10:16 AM
lots of dings and scratches.
A bike built one piece at a time, that didn't cost him a dime nmContinental
Sep 12, 2003 12:19 PM
and what year model was it? nmDougSloan
Sep 12, 2003 12:34 PM
It's a 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 ,54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 Automobile..TimA
Sep 12, 2003 1:09 PM
60,61,62,63,64,65,66...
re: RIP Johnny Cashcritmass
Sep 12, 2003 1:40 PM
I have enjoyed watching his renewal and surge in popularity. His ability to touch different generations will me missed.

"Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's O.K.
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
Til things are brighter, I'm the Man in Black."

And in other news.
The real cost of Dubya's lies and misadventures:
As of Sept. 12th....345 grieving familes
Deaths since Dubya's "Bring them On"....89
Total U.S. wounded since March 20th....1492

09/12/03 Centcom: 2 Killed and 7 wounded
Baghdad - Two Combined Joint Task Force soldiers were killed and seven wounded when a small arms firefight broke out while conducting a raid in Ramadi at approximately 3 a.m. on Sept. 12th.
I just listened to that song this morning,sn69
Sep 12, 2003 2:14 PM
and, incidentally, two friends of mine were involved in the incident you cited. They're fine, thank goodness, but two more families just had their worst fears confirmed....
my impression of him from the '60'sDougSloan
Sep 12, 2003 3:03 PM
My earlist impression of him was from my country music loving side of the family from Tennessee, including those who migrated to Missouri. They were relatively puritan Methodist types. They saw Johnny Cash as sort of the "bad boy" of country music, as he'd been in jail, in fights, etc. They wrestled with the contrast of liking his music, but thinking that they shouldn't. I thought his songs were pretty cool (never understood the Boy Named Sue), and thought the bad boy stuff was pretty cool, actually.

I can't get this out of my head:

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down,
and the flames went higher...

Doug
He and June are together again....KG 361
Sep 12, 2003 8:03 PM
I'd have never thought when I was a teenager that I'd listen to his music and LIKE it. Oh how we change! He was one of this country's treasures, for sure. Can't get "I'll walk the line" out of my head.....
And Warren Zevon, too.KG 361
Sep 12, 2003 8:08 PM
In case you didn't know (or care), Warren Zevon passed this past weekend. Though not nearly the equal of Johhny in terms of musical importance, I, for one, will miss his slightly insane songs. Coincidentally, as I was riding last Sunday, "Carmelita" was humming in my head.....
And Warren Zevon, too.critmass
Sep 13, 2003 10:27 AM
I was a longtime fan. He was caustic, witty, literate, acerbic and outrageous and unique in the realm of contemporary music.

Zevon on the Letterman show

"First of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for twenty years"

Later,

Letterman: From your perspective now, do you know something about life and death that maybe I don't know now?

Zevon: Not unless I know how much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich.

From a very well written obit by Geoff Boucher in the L.A. Times:

"While casual pop fans might recognize only his 1978 horror-show hit "Werewolves of London," Zevon for years enjoyed a cult following and the acclaim of his peers for songs that were often about fractured world politics and the disloyal human heart.
In a macabre songbook that includes "Excitable Boy," "Lawyers, Guns and Money" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," Zevon presented a world of the undead and the unethical on the rampage in a mercenary world. In "Mr. Bad Example," an altar boy grows up to be a vagabond con man: "I'm very well acquainted with the seven deadly sins/I keep a busy schedule trying to fit them in/I'm proud to be a glutton and I don't have time for sloth/I'm greedy and I'm angry and I don't care who I cross."

And this from an interview he did with Boucher in August of 2002 when he announced his cancer:

"I feel the opposite of regret," he said "I was the hardest-living rocker on my block for a while. I was a malfunctioning rummy for a while and running away for a while. Then for 18 years I was a sober dad of some amazing kids. Hey, I feel like I've lived a couple of lives — and now when people listen to the music, they'll say, 'Hey, maybe the guy wasn't being so morbid after all.' "
I saw him in concert in the early 80's.KG 361
Sep 15, 2003 9:19 AM
He was a "recovering alchoholic" at the time around the time "The Envoy" was released. An amazing concert that he did solo. I plan to get the disk he finished in his last months. It's called "The Wind " and has some great songs on it-perhaps his best.
The Wind was a great way to say good-bye!critmass
Sep 15, 2003 1:58 PM
For me The Wind was necessary because it's his last and he knew it. He still used that sarcasm by covering Dylan's Knockin' on Heavens Door and his ending it with Keep Me in Your Heart is brilliant. Some great musicians showed up to help him make it a good one: Cooder, Lindley, Springsteen, Henley, Petty, Browne and Yoakam and, I'm sure, to have a hell of a party!
the wind is hard to get i guess...ColnagoFE
Sep 15, 2003 2:03 PM
i heard they only printed 50k copies. i got a copy at a local barnes and noble but it was the last one and they said it keeps selling out. great album though. really grows on you.