Sound Observations: Finding comfort by song of Johnny Cash

January 19, 2017 - Finding Carter

When Johnny Cash died on Sept. 12, 2003, we was deeply saddened.

As we took a lunchtime expostulate that day, we listened to Cash’s 1959 gospel album, “Hymns By Johnny Cash,” on CD. Somehow, it seemed suitable to listen to something so devout on such a honest day.

I had been doing a genocide of one of my low-pitched heroes flattering good until we got to lane 10: Cash’s delivery of a Stuart Hamblen-penned “These Things Shall Pass.”

As Cash sang a following difference in his particular baritone, tears streamed from my eyes:

“These things shall pass so don’t we worry/

The darkest time is only one hour before dawn/

So reason adult high and face your troubles/

And don’t despondency if we contingency face them all alone/

A rose looks gray during midnight though a fire is only asleep/

And steel is clever given it knew a produce and white heat/

These things shall pass and life be sweeter/

When adore and faith are clever they can't prolonged endure”

I’ve been meditative about Cash a lot lately, and it’s not only given Spartanburg Little Theatre is in a midst of presenting “Ring of Fire: a Music of Johnny Cash.” The reason is most closer to my heart.

The past integrate of weeks have been an romantic drum coaster for me, and Cash’s song has been a source of comfort by what has been a hardest thing I’ve ever had to face.

My father went into hospice caring on Jan. 7 and, as unpleasant as it is for me to accept, appears imminently tighten to flitting divided during age 82.

One of a many memories that has raced by my mind recently was a review my father and we had scarcely 20 years ago in that he suggested to me that 3 of his biggest heroes were Billy Graham, Muhammad Ali and Johnny Cash.

At initial glance, that competence seem like an surprising brew of personalities. But, all these years later, we consider I’ve finally gotten to a core of a summary he subliminally sent by fixing those 3 informative icons as heroes.

It’s as if my father was revelation me that any tellurian is a formidable particular and that we should feel giveaway to adore and take fun in whatever we wish though courtesy for renouned trends, counterpart vigour or required wisdom.

Like Cash, my father served a brief army in a United States Air Force during a 1950s. A New Jersey native, he eventually staid in Greenville where he was stationed for a while during Donaldson Air Force Base.

While in service, he collected a few 45 RPM annals that he’s stored in a tiny box for several decades. Among them is a Sun Records EP by Johnny Cash that facilities “I Guess Things Happen That Way” and “Train of Love” on one side and “The Ways of a Woman in Love” and “Next in Line” on a other.

My father met my mom in Greenville on Jun 22, 1957, and a integrate has been together, by good times and bad, ever since. Their instance has shown me a beauty of umbrella love.

Donald and Macie Armonaitis competence not be as famous (or as musically talented) as Johnny and Jun Carter Cash though their passion for one another is each bit as clever as a attribute Hollywood distinguished in a blockbuster 2005 film, “Walk a Line.”

Perhaps I’ll be means to lift myself together prolonged adequate to attend one of Spartanburg Little Theatre’s final performances of “Ring of Fire” this weekend. If so, I’ll be there with a complicated heart though also with a comfort of meaningful that, by Cash’s music, I’ll once again feel connected to a male I’ve called daddy via my whole life.

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A closer demeanour during some of this week’s area shows:

Rescue Party will perform during 9:30 p.m. Friday during Wild Wing Cafe in Spartanburg. The Hub City quintet, that available a stirring entrance manuscript during Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tenn., delivers ardent complicated stone desirous by such bands as Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys.

The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform with special guest Del McCoury during 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday during The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., along with another uncover though McCoury during 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit is eminent for a parsimonious musicianship and artistic outspoken harmonies.

Dave Desmelik, whose new scheduled gig during a Nu-Way Restaurant and Lounge was canceled due to snow, will perform during 8 p.m. Sunday during Brickhouse Fresh Pizzeria and Grill. The Brevard, N.C.-based singer-songwriter recently expelled his latest album, “Lifeboat,” that facilities songs in a indie-folk vein.

Angela Easterling and a Beguilers will perform during 7:30 p.m. Wednesday during The Peddler in Spartanburg. The Greer-based singer-songwriter has achieved inhabitant approval for her authentic mix of folk, nation and stone ‘n’ roll.

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Looking ahead:

Iconic classical stone outfit Foreigner will move a 40th Anniversary Tour to a PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. Showtime is 7 p.m. Aug. 5, and a lineup also includes Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Tickets are $39.95-$99.95 and on sale now. Call 800-745-3000 or revisit

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