Thursday, February 25, 2010

We meet again*

Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad,
So I had one more for dessert.

- Sunday Morning Coming Down

You know what this here is, right?

This is the Black. This is the Black he wore it for the poor and beaten down. The one's living in the hopeless hungry side of town.

Tomorrow, Feb. 26, 2010, would have been Johnny Cash's 78th birthday. To celebrate, the sixth and last American Recordings album is going to be released. This, is what it looks like.

How 'bout that? A man who's been dead, but definitely not gone, for nigh on seven years is releasing a record tomorrow called "Ain't No Grave." (A collection titled "Unearthed" was also released two months after his death. Classic.) Can you think of anyone else who could do that? Warren Zevon, who died five days before Cash in 2003, maybe, and I actually think the Stones and The Who have been doing it for years. Let's see any of the pre-fab'd artists foisted on us by Simon and his ilk try that stunt. Well, they might try it, but they'll never get away with it.

If you've never listened to any of Cash's American Recordings, well, I don't know if I want to know you (but there's still time, trust me, they're all pretty amazing). If you have, well, you know what I'm talking about. I'm long past running out to buy an album at a midnight release, but there might be a trip to a store this weekend (yeah, I'm not going to download this one).

Anyway, the point of the big black square at the top is that to celebrate Cash's birthday and the release of Ain't No Grave, tomorrow is "Wear Black for Johnny Day." I'm really not making this up.
So, when you're picking out your outfit for tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, try to wear a little bit of the black.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
'Cos there's something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.

* We'll Meet Again was the last song on American IV: The Man Comes Around, the last album released while Cash was alive.


Anonymous said...

Don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day...

(such a fantatic song)

FoggyDew said...

mnd - Keep smiling through, just like you always do till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away...

Not a bad way to go out. said...

Ahhh. Love. Love this post.

I haven't gotten around to buying it, yet. I need to make that happen. Sooner rather than later, too.

FoggyDew said...

word girl - I feel like a bit of a tool. I was out aimlessly shopping Saturday and forgot my own advice. Next week this will be mine, yanno, if my brain doesn't stop working again.