Remembering Johnny Cash

September 12 marks the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s death. There are few people who I haven’t met who have impacted me as much as The Man in Black.

To honor his life and legacy I’m publishing this new song—CASH.

I wrote the lyrics a few years ago as my attempt to tell Johnny’s story, based on something Cash said: “Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.”

Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.

Two friends set it to music and recorded a demo.

I hope you enjoy it. And I hope Johnny would approve.

CASH Giveaway

I’m excited to announce our latest giveaway—a 9×12 print of this Johnny Cash portrait, “Man in Black,” originally done in charcoal and graphite by artist Timothy Marsee.

The contest is open from September 12-30, 2017.

 

BONUS CASH

Sitting in the front room at the Mama Cash House, where Johnny recorded some of American Recordings V when too weak to go into the studio.

This summer, our family took a trip to Nashville.

We had the surprise opportunity to enjoy a personal, private tour of the Mama Cash House—the home Cash bought for his parents and where he and June spent their last days (pics here).

The living room at Johnny Cash’s Bon Aqua farm, the place he called “the center of my universe.”

We also were invited to visit Johnny’s Bon Aqua farm—the rural home that he called “the center of my universe” (pics here).

 

We’re thankful to Brian and Sally Oxley for their hospitality and generosity in sharing these treasures with our family and the world. Read more about the Oxley’s work here. If you’re ever near Nashville, be sure to visit Storytellers Museum; you’ll be glad you did.

Birthday Cash

My wife is a master birthday cake designer and decorator. She makes everyone in the family whatever cake they request.

In 2015, I joked that I wanted a “Johnny Cash birthday cake.” A Google-search for that phrase produced a picture of Johnny eating his strawberry cake in the bushes. And that led to a comical reproduction.

From there, a birthday tradition was born. In 2016, I reproduced Cash’s mug shot (from that unfortunate incident at the Mexican border…his incident; not mine).

What pic will 2017 produce? Friend me on Facebook to find out on September 25.