The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 September 2003

The man in black

When June Carter Cash died earlier this year, everyone knew Johnny would follow, and this morning he did.

Last night I was playing American IV: The Man Comes Around again — I keep it at my desk rather than on the CD shelves — and while much has been made of Cash's incredible eclecticism (Depeche Mode? Nine Inch Nails?), what continues to strike me most about this series is the sound of his voice, the subtle fusion of weariness and triumph that can only belong to a man who has seen it all, yet knows that there is still more to see on the other side.

CMT.com has a good overview of Cash's life and career, but there's no better way to know the man than to listen to the music he made. And it will always be available in some form or another; any overview of American music of the last half of the 20th century is incomplete without Johnny Cash.

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine...."

Posted at 8:14 AM to Tongue and Groove


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