This song has been hounding me all week—I have seen it performed live a couple times (both great!). It sneaked on a Pandora feed when I picked Coldplay to start. (Hey, Coldplay is great to matt and frame to-you need to be in a zen state while slicing those boards to perfection!)
I have this on-and-off-fling-thing going with country music. I love the passion and the traditional “common man struggling against the odds” mixed with the drinking and facing down trouble. It cuts right to the heart of the American dream.
Maybe it’s all the time at the county fair this week—I’ll just say it—The Washing County Fair in Greenwich N.Y. — Full of bad food, rides, and….of course…cows, pigs and people of all shapes, sizes and attitudes.
It brings you back to earth.
I need to be brought back to earth.
To get out among the huddled masses and connect because I am they and they are me. I can think I am whatever I want..… but in reality –I am just a guy struggling to get by, just like lots of others here in the great Upstate agricultural land of New York.
Which brings me to Johnny Cash. I don’t care how famous or rich he got-I don’t care about the awards and all the other trapping of his historic rise to the top of the music world.
This guy is genuine and down to earth. Accessible to prisoners, punks, senior citizens and [put another group in here-they all work] at the same time.
If he walked by you at the fair-you would think of him as a long lost friend. You would think of him as one of you.
This is a rare and beautiful thing to have.
The ability to connect with everyone.
Who does not love this guy and his music?
Respect from the cave.
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Cash was both cool and class at the same time. He is missed. Great post.
Great post, really enjoyed the read, laced with a couple of deep and thought provoking ideas. “To get out among the huddled masses and connect because I am they and they are me. I can think I am whatever I want..… but in reality –I am just a guy struggling to get by…” Wow! Thank you for the reminder! And really, who couldn’t love Johnny Cash? Thanks again.
Thanks Pepper! It is great to get feedback—I know we all say that we would blog even if nobody stopped by—but I probably would not do it with as much passion and conviction- it does make a big difference.
My dad got to meet him, and that’s just cool.
Very cool!, we throw that word “icon” around too much but it fits this time.