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  • Ro (husband) has been a big Country and Western fan all his life – which is why we have visited Nashville so often! – and went to see Johnny Cash in concert whenever he played in the UK. We had ‘Walk the Line’ all day here yesterday……although Dolly is his number one favourite.

  • Ann–Johnny Cash is the only artist who always gives me an ‘8-track flashback’. In the early 70s, my parents (who were in their 30s) had a car that had an 8-track stereo in it (Go Mom!! Go Dad!! You were so cool!). They had this car, and all of two 8-track cassettes, one of which was Johnny Cash and the other one I forgot (I’m guessing Glen Campbell but there may be some other reason I know all the words to Wichita Lineman). I memorized ‘every click, every scratch, every heartbeat’ (quoting Elvis Costello’s ’45’), even though at the time I rejected Johnny Cash out of hand for the pure and simple reason that my parents listened to him.
    On the Fordham U. radio station on Friday, in memoriam, they played ‘The Man in Black’, followed by Johnny singing ‘I Walk The Line’–IN GERMAN. It was really him! It was really German!!! To quote a line Dolly said in Steel Magnolias, laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.
    Love, Kay

  • Ann-
    I’m just full of quotations today. In the NY Times obit, I loved the observation that Johnny Cash proved that ‘a voice need not be pretty to be eloquent’.
    I may have to design a blanket after that man. Black denim?
    I just remembered that the other 8-track in my parents’ car was Jim Croce. The baddest man in the whole damn town! xox Kay

  • Ann–You and our Country Western fan friends should click the ‘previous’ button on our Knitting Bloggers webring (right margin). Knitting Frau–who I might add was blogging the day after childbirth!!! you go girl!!–has a super, touching pic of the young Johnny & June. Of course I realize that you may have this framed in the den, Ann, but other readers might be enjoying it for the first time. Love, Kay

  • Kay–one last Cash note. Here’s a sampling of the people who attended the funeral yesterday:
    Kris Kristofferson
    Al Gore
    Kid Rock
    Franklin Graham
    John Mellencamp
    Sheryl Crow
    Emmylou Harris
    George Jones
    Hank Williams Jr.
    Dwight Yoakam
    Jane Seymour
    This has been a huge story here. x0x0 Ann