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Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Flat6Driver, May 11, 2021.
Well this changes a few things
You have definitively proven that someone as cool as Johnny Cash can get away with it when he's singing San Quentin, a song he just wrote, at San Quentin.
Excellent, excellent formulation. Gets right to the heart of things.
The final word is (and has ever been): you can pull it off . . . if you have that ineffable quality that lets you pull it off. Are you confident you do?
Adjunct snarky quip - is he wearing "whatever he's comfortable in because it's not about appearances, it's about the music, man."?
Johnny Cash always looked good on stage.
Huh ... I don't remember this Johnny Cash scene from 'Shawshank Redemption'
Cash made anything look cool.
He’s also sitting on a stool with his feet propped up. He basically made it his living room.
Or was it "Boy Named Sue"?
The band was playing this for the first time and pretty much improvising. If you listen at around 2:50, you can hear them miss a change.
I love Johnny Cash.
And, this photo was taken from an obviously "intimate" performance of a brand new song.
But, I think he should be looking at his audience... not into a music stand.
(btw: Is there really a "final word" on anything?)
I suppose if there is one person who could get away and look cool with having a music stand in stage ... it would be Johnny Cash.
That's a memory for me as well. Johnny came to the TV network where I worked as a recording engineer to do some music videos in front of a studio audience and decided to debut a new song that he wrote. He didn't know the lyrics yet so he had his assistant write the lyrics on poster board squares and hold them up, just off camera. Of course, anytime you do that there are going to be flubs and there were. We needed an engineer to hang with him to make sure he was taken care of and happy but everyone else on the audio crew was afraid to work with him directly so they shoved me out there and I provided for him. Between takes we started yakking about, of all things, theology. Johnny had just written his novel, Man in White, about the apostle Paul. I had studied Paul's works pretty intensively and considered him a hero, so we hit it off. Between takes we yakked at length about Paul, his life, and his writings.
At one point in our conversation the control room emptied out and the show's producer and director came out to discuss a new camera angle they wanted to try. Johnny was talking to me when they came up and interrupted (somewhere it is written in stone that audio engineer's conversations are always interruptible) so he kind of impatiently waved them off to finish the point he was making to me, you know, one of those "Bug off. This is important." gestures. All I could think was, "I am SO getting fired for this."
But I wasn't, and it makes for a fun memory!
You don't need music stands if you can't read music.
I dont care who he is , he looks like a dork
Yeah, but it probably doesn't read
Maybe "Greystone Chapel" at Folsom Prison?
The night before I was going to record at Folsom prison, I got to the motel and a preacher friend of mine brought me a tape of a song called "Greystone Chapel." He said a convict had written it about the chapel at Folsom. I listened to it one time and I said, "I've got to do this in the show tomorrow." So I stayed up and learned it, and the next day the preacher had him in the front row. I announced, "This song was written by Glen Sherley." It was a terrible, terrible thing to point him out among all those cons, but I didn't think about that then. Everybody just had a fit, screaming and carrying on.
Well...when you've been washing pills downl with peach brandy, it hinders your ability to recall lyrics.
Doesn’t change anything for me. If Johnny Cash wore cargo shorts on stage, it would still be a totally lame thing to do. So is using a stand.
Somebody incredibly cool doing something lame doesn’t suddenly make that lame thing cool.
I’m not a Johnny Cash fan at all, but I am a Rich Robinson fan.
Bunch of men (and women) in black......what a bunch of dorks!
I'm reminded of a Sesame Street song (or maybe Muppet's, I forget): One of these things is . . .