Johnny Cash – I see a Darkness

The man in black. Persona or reality?

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is that because he’s a victim of the times.”

When Johnny says those words, I believe him. I trust him. If I were to describe Johnny Cash in a word it would be “authentic.” And that goes for his writing, his voice, his guitar playing. Is any part of his sound polished or classically trained? No. But it’s real and I appreciate that. I think a lot of people appreciate that about Mr. Cash. There is a whole lot of room in the biz for music made by people with their whole heart. With everything. I can almost see the tear drops on his guitar and the sweat drippin’ from his brow in some country studio. I never witnessed those things, but I can feel it in the straining of his voice. Give this song a listen and also listen to “Country Trash.”

Aaron Embry – Raven´s Song

This song was also in the movie “Wish I was Here” (I have mentioned the movie a few times now and really dig the soundtrack). Embry has toured as a pianist with the likes of Elliott Smith and Edward Sharpe. I hope he continues to put out his solo work because I think he has an effortless, whimsical sound that I want to hear more of. In fact I demand to hear more of it. Whoa, just went from the word “whimsical” to anger in under 5 seconds. Guess that’s what wonderful music does to me.

The Uncluded

Did you know that Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson of Moldy Peaches (think “Anyone else but you” from Juno) are making music together? I didn’t until about a hour ago. They actually make a great combo with their off-the-wall, disjointed metaphors and Basquiatian originality. Aesop Rock has one of the coolest voices in hip-hop and you can tell it’s Kimya on a track from a mile away. Two truly unique music personas coming together. I could make a United states melting pot reference, but I shall resist. I guess I’m not surprised that they made a song solely about types of sandwiches…and that I somehow like it. Anyway, I’ll leave you with this one from the album “Hokey Fright” mostly about a laundromat.

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