January 25th, 2005

Johnny Cash

I Miss Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings

I'm listening to a copy of a Highwayman concert from 1996 and am reminded of how much I miss Johnny Cash. I'm really glad that I was able to see Kris Kristofferson when I want to Nashville a few months ago, especially since it was in such an itimate setting at the Ryman. It's been a while since I've seen Willie Nelson in concert, but I certainly hope to see him again next time he comes near. I never got a chance to see Waylon Jennings.
  • Current Music
    Ring Of Fire -- The Highwaymen -- 1996: Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA (live)
Johnny Cash

Kris Kristofferson

Also, for the record, Kris Kristofferson is one of the greatest songwriters ever.

See, e.g., in no particular order: Me And Bobby McGee, Why Me, Lord?, The Silver-Tongued Devil And I, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, Darby's Castle, For The Good Times, Jesus Was A Capricorn, Lovin' Her Was Easier, Here Comes That Rainbow Again, and To Beat The Devil.

The lyrics to all of those songs can be found in the songs section of a Kris Kristofferson fan site. If you've never heard Darby's Castle, at least go read the lyrics. I still get goosebumps when I hear Kris sing it.
Oh, it took three hundred days for the timbers to be raised
And the silhouette was seen for miles around;
And the gables reached as high as the eagles in the sky -
But it only took one night to bring it down,
When Darby's castle tumbled to the ground.
My favorite part of the song is that it remains essentially unresolved. Rather, the resolution is implied, but left as an exercise to the listener.