Fuck... one of the first shows I ever WANTED to go to was a Johnny Cash gig... I was HYPED! I practically begged my parents to take me to that show, and once I was there I sang along to all the songs I knew by heart and just jumped around and rocked my ass off! To finally see the Man In Black perform live was just the best thing ever... and I think I was 5 years old at that first show, and I always tried from then on to see him whenever I possibly could. Oldies shows... County Fairs... Clubs... Stadiums... didn't matter if he was popular or not... I have always loved his music and like a lot of people I have my Father to thank for that. One of my favorite memories as a child was listening to Johnny Cash records with him, and my Dad always played it at a LOUD volume, so I just thought it was the coolest. And I defy anyone to say that they've never been drunk off their ass singing his songs at like 3 in the morning! How many of you out there remember your Dad doing stuff like making breakfast or working on the car or BBQ-ing in the back yard to the music of Johnny Cash? To just tell people that I was bummed over his death didn't even seem right... like the words didn't do justice to what I was feeling. It didn't absolutely devastate me like Joe Strummer's death did, partially because I sorta knew it was coming... partially because I knew it had to come, but still... knowing it was coming didn't make it any easier to deal with. Once his wife passed, it was pretty much a done deal. I just hope his suffering is over, and that he'll find the Peace that he deserves. It's for purely selfish reasons that I wish Johnny Cash would of lived a bit longer... like Joe Strummer before him, he died while in the midst of recording a new album... he was supposed to go to California next week to record with Rick Rubin. I love the stuff they did together, and once I heard the news of his passing, I grabbed American IV and just put Track 2 on repeat and started drinking myself into oblivion... such a haunting song.... and even more so with his passing... FUCK... I'm gonna go cry again... and raise my whiskey bottle one last time for Johnny Cash - The Man In Black. Salud.
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