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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ring of Fire



Ray Charles


I used to watch "The Johnny Cash Show" as a kid. You know that scar on Johnny's left cheek? I was sure it was a bullet wound. He was just that indestructible.

My folks also had all of Ray Charles's country albums.

You may watch this video and think, man, Ray Charles had balls. He sang "Ring of Fire" for Johnny Cash's audience? Hell, why not offer catechism for the Pope?

But then there's Johnny Cash. Just a few years before this performance, Bob Dylan went electric at Newport, and the audience booed. Johnny was backstage. Johnny was perplexed. "Why won't they just let him play his music?" he asked.

Johnny knew that that was the thing: you have to play your music.

2 comments:

Wendy said...

God I love Johnny Cash. There's just something about his voice that makes me melt.

I had a friend, who, when you called him and got his voice mail, instead of it saying "hey, you've reached Wendy's Gay Boyfriend, please leave a message after the tone" it would play Ring of Fire. And every time I called and got voicemail, no matter what I was supposed to be doing, instead of skipping it, I'd stop and listen. Coz it was Johnny Cash.

lorilei13 said...

That. Is. Freakin'. Awesome.