An intimate audience of around 200 contained anyone from the expected older crowd to a 12-year-old boy wearing a Flamings Lips shirt. The audience featured an even distribution of ages, really. They either entered the room as country music lovers, or walked out converted after hearing Rosanne Cash. There were also old and dear friends from years past. A woman and her sister were mentioned in the book Roseanne wrote. They had not seen each other in 30 years.
These special presentations offer Grammy-award-winning artists the opportunity to talk about their careers and influences at the Gammy Museum in Los Angeles. One of her major influences is her father, Johnny Cash. Her mother is Vivian, Cash’s first wife.
As Rosanne shared stories about growing up with a legendary father, it began to feel like a friend sharing from her heart. That’s the magic of being in the presence of a great artist. She expanded her repertoire of talents to include writing a memoir. When she read about growing up in Ventura County from her book, Composed, the story popped from the pages. An excerpt from the book can be read at www.RosanneCash.com.
Many people wonder what her reaction to the recent bio-pic, Walk the Line. She said, “I liked as much as you’d like the Hollywood version of your childhood.” Most of us wouldn’t very much like to see ourselves given the same treatment. She said the film failed to capture the human element of her father, as she treasures the times when he was at home in Ventura County.
On her website, her Twitter feed pops up. She recently did a live Twittercast, an interview via Twitter. “I don’t do the Facebook,” she stated proudly, but she would love to do another Twittercast!
She lives an inspired life, and she shared some tidbits about where she gets her inspiration for writing songs and prose. She said that she does try to structure her day around creativity. “You have to put yourself in the presence of the muse so they know you are serious.” She mentioned another writer who said that inspiration struck every morning at 9am, indicating that some artists are very structured in their approach to writing and songwriting.
Her recent album, The List, is based on a list of 100 Essential Country Songs written out for her by her father, Johnny Cash. While it is an album of covers, they paint a unique homage to Johnny Cash. She said she’s considering choosing more songs from the list for a future album. He voice reflected the fondness that she felt for her father as she told of holding his hand the day he died. Her eyes grew misty.
She then sang a few songs with her guitar and backing guitarist, John Leventhal. He also happens to be her husband and producer. She sang a few songs from The List, however she also sang one of her originals, “The Good Intent.” The Good Intent was the name of the ship which carried the first Cash from the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland to the New World in the 1600s. There were Cash family members on both sides of the Civil War, tearing the family apart. And when she sang, it became a living tale; a world we visited for just a short time.
The great Johnny Cash also recieved mention just two weeks ago for his duet with Ray Charles titled “Why Me Lord.” The album, Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Master of Ray Charles, will be released at the end of October 2010.
The Grammy Museum presents artists in an intimate theater on a frequent basis. To learn more about the program, please visit www.GrammyMuseum.org