Recently I have been privileged to find copies of American IV: The Man Comes Around and American VI: Ain’t No Grave. I have not been able to carefully listen to them, but I am extremely excited to start my listening. These records are rare to find and are often a pretty penny.
So far I have only listened to LP one of American IV because it contained two of my favorite songs, Nine Inch Nail’s, “Hurt” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Both tracks didn’t let me down in the least. Johnny’s voice aged with wisdom, optimism and hints of sorrow. It seems the full American series collection is Johnny’s lifelong musical epiphany. He was playing his own funeral fearlessly.
I’m especially biased towards “Hurt.” This song was released in 2002, when I was only 12 years old. I remember watching this video, with a cameo from June, and not really knowing how to feel about it. Today, I find it to be a beautiful piece of work that almost brings me to tears every time I watch and listen. Cash relentlessly gave all his emotions in this 3 minute ballad like I have never heard any artist perform. I then remember, nearly one year later, when the man in black passed away.
Also, I have oddly been finding Rosanne Cash records as well. It just seems quite coincidental. I have discovered that she has amazing talent all her own. I have found Seven Year Itch and Rhythm and Romance. I will admit, I slightly had an instant crush on Rosanne as well. She is quite attractive. She has cited Wanda Jackson, fellow Okie, as one of her biggest influences and inducted her into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. That gives her huge kudos in my book.
What I have found is that her voice contains the same depth as her fathers. Talent was hereditary in their family. Rosanne’s voice possess the same depth as her father’s, but adds a since of vulnerability. Audibly her voice has the deep and “melatoness” of her fathers, but with all her own twists. She is definitely a legendary artist in her own right.
So lately I have been putting a lot of Cash into my collection. I find my vinyl to be my biggest investment, and nothing goes better with investments then good amounts of Cash. I am just now entering the world of Johnny and Rosanne Cash’s music, and for some reason every time I put one of their records in, I swear I hear a little ding.
One of the best song recordings and music videos of all time.
And the legend continues.