Sunday, February 26, 2012
Happy 80th Birthday to Mr. Johnny Cash
Rock Turtleneck sends 80th birthday wishes to Johnny Cash: singer, songwriter, symbol, Bible-thumper, bad ass, husband, father, savior, saint, sinner, maverick, martyr.
Cash and producer Rick Rubin turned "Hurt" from a song about the downward spiral of drug use into a meditation on the "stains of time" when "everyone I know goes away in the end." It might be the best music video ever made, at least of the conceptual variety.
As powerful as the "Hurt" song and video are, I prefer to remember The Man in Black in happier, more robust times. One of my favorite clips is his performance of "Orange Blossom Special" from San Quentin in 1969, where he plays two harmonicas at once. I've never seen anyone do that before or since.
Happy Birthday Johnny Cash - you may be gone but your music lives on.
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