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August 15, 2008
Ever since I was old enough to know what music was all I can remember was Johnny Cash. I cut my first teeth on the corner of my uncles old mono record player, watching the record go round and round listening to the "Sun" recordings of "Luthers Boogie,Train of Love, Down the Street to 301 ect. and the all famous Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk The Line". I never missed a Johnny cash song. In my early teen age years, I would sit for hours and listen to the 8 track tapes of Johnny cash at San Quentin and live at Folsom Prison. During this time, I was taking some guitar lessons, not knowing any chords, I would sit and strum Johnny Cash and sing every line just like he did. I would imitate him in every way, oil and comb my hair back, wear black clothing, curl my lip when I would sing,strum up on the neck of my guitar and sling my guitar over on my back, just like I saw him do every week on "The Johnny Cash Show", which I never missed an episode. When the rest of my generation were listening to Rock and Roll, I was all Johnny Cash. Now that I know a few chords on the guitar, I still and will continue to sing his songs.Through out the rest of his life I never heard a Johnny Cash song that I did'nt like. A true american he was, always paying tribute to the working man, such as "I pray when I'm dead and the ages shall roll that my body would blacken and turn into coal." I will always believe that grief and the longing to be with his"Darling Companion" June once again led to his departure from this life and being reunited with her again was his blessing. John, I will visit your grave, I will bring my guitar and I will sing a song for you. God bless you for all that you gave to me and to all who heard your music.As another writer once said, "I'll remember You when I've forgotten all the rest". I look forward to shaking your hand in paradise, because as well as you did, I also believe in the "Fourth Man in the Fire". I cried the day that Johnny Cash died,something left me deep inside for the man I never met but greatly adored, sadly will share this life no more. I will always say and if any one should ask, if I could sing like I wanted to, I would sound like Johnny Cash. Sincerely with much sadness and regrets, Rick Atwell
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