The Man In Black And His Music
There is little out there that has moved as many people as the music of Johnny Cash. From punks to preachers, from country music fans to hipsters, everyone loves Johnny cash music. He is one of those Great American songwriters whose work unites people from all walks of life. When I wear my Johnny Cash T-shirt, I get compliments from almost everyone I meet. He is a true musical genius, and musical geniuses find fans everywhere.
It took me a long time to realize how great Johnny cash music was. You see, the first person I ever knew who listened to Johnny Cash was my dad. Kids can appreciate their parents' taste in books, their parents' taste in people, and their parents' taste in food. What no adolescent can appreciate, however, is their parents' taste in music. If my dad liked Johnny cash music, it was obvious that Johnny cash music was square.
That all changed when I met my first girlfriend. She was a bit of a country girl, to tell you the truth. She liked all the old country stars, including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Bill Monroe. Whether it was country, bluegrass, Western, or Appalachian music, she could not get enough of it. Most of all, she loved Johnny cash music.
I was in no position to tell my first girlfriend that I hated the music that she listened to. At first, I pretended to like Johnny cash music just to humor her, but soon it started to grow on me. I guess that, up to that point, I'd never given it a chance. I associated it with my dad, and I took it as a given that anything that my dad would listen to had to be awful. But honestly, once I started listening to the music of the man in black, it blew my mind. I had never heard anything like it.
I got my heart broken by that girl, and it was a long time before I could listen to anything that she had played for me. After long enough though, I was drawn back to the music of Johnny Cash. I have been listening to Johnny cash music ever since. To tell you the truth, it is almost always on my play list. Although I don't listen to it every day, barely a week goes by that a cd of Johnny cash music can't be heard through my window.
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