It’s rare for me to talk about music. Not that I don’t enjoy it, I just can’t make it. I’m an OK singer but you’ll never see or hear me on American Idol or the Voice. And the most I can do with a guitar is look at it. The same with a piano.
But I do love music, especially music that takes me back.
So last night, my wife and I went to hear “Cash’d Out” and the Candlelight Dinner Theater in Loveland, Colorado. As you might expect, it’s a band that preforms covers of Johnny Cash hits.
All I had to do was close my eyes, lean against the wall and it took me back to younger days. I remember putting the old Sun records on my folks’ stereo. It was one of those huge stereos so big that when a person died, they could hollow it out and bury you in it.
I’d stack up two or three albums and just lie on the rug in front of it and listen. Or tune in the Johnny Cash show on TV, and watch it.
Or my buddy JR and I sitting in the Sheriff’s Office, he with his guitar and me singing those old songs.
To this day, I enjoy putting Johnny on, listening, and singing along.
I think that’s why I enjoyed this so much. The lead singer looked a bit like Johnny, and when you closed your eyes, he sure sounded like him. He wasn’t impersonating him, but sang his songs, and told his stories so well.
I’ve always enjoyed Johnny Cash and they did a marvelous job of bringing that back.
It was the stories Johnny told in his songs. He celebrated the best of what makes us great as people, and as a country. He also held up a banner for us to strive towards, and he understood one thing. Laws don’t change people. We change ourselves. We do it through understanding and his music put us into the shoes of the condemned or the hopeless and helped us forge a connection with them,
So, I had a good time riding the time machine back and listening and singing along. They had the song down perfectly. They did all the favs like “Man in Black,” “Jackson,” and of course “Folsom Prison Blues.”
The only negative thing was the altitude was killing them. They’d come from sea level to over a mile high. You can’t do a thing about that.
Cash’d out. Check them out if you get a chance.