Well posting about those DVDs made me want to put on the Highwayman DVD, which reminds me about the time I met Johnny Cash.
I had discoverd John C in the late 70s when Disco music had taken over the country. I hated it and still do, well a lot of it. I was into Racing: horses, dogs, 2 flies crawling up the wall, you name it and the racing radio station played a lot of country music, so it was either country or disco and I chose country.
SO I was familiar with all his classic songs, Folsom Prison, Boy named Sue, Ring of fire etc. I had a pretty good voice then and used to love singing and imitating as you do, I was still in High School.
Anyway one day in the early 80s I was in Sth. Melbourne, just on the edge of the city, walking along having a look around like I used to do. There was a bloke just standing on the corner, not looking lost, but certainly looking like a tourist. He was dressed in jeans and a suit jacket type of thing.
As I got closer, I got a huge tingle up my spine, I cant tell you exactly what I said to myself as it is a family forum, but I was pretty excited. It LOOKED like Johnny Cash, I knew he was in town, but there were no minders, no body guards nobody but this guy. I walked along towards him, grinning like a loon probably and this is what took place.
"Excuse me Sonny, which way is it to the City"?
My kness trembled, I said "You just walk that way for 15 minutes and youre in it"
He said "Thank you Son".
I said, like an idiot "Are you Johnny Cash"?
"Well yes I am, who are you"? said he and he stuck out his huge paw to shake my trembling hand.
I introduced myself and said "Do you want me to get a taxi for you Mr. Cash?
He said "No thank you Son, I prefer my freedom", and he said "You can call me John"
I said, "Wow it is great to meet you Mr. Cash, just keep walking you wont get lost".
"Thank you Son" and off he went, just strolling along.
It was amazing, I feel really lucky to have met him just like that, when I know people have queued for days to see him. I still get the tingle just typing this.
Of course, I kicked myself for days, not having walked along with him, and wishing I had said all sorts of smart things, but I didnt want to be a pest.
His humility left a lasting impression on me and his attitude became a yardstick for all the other "famous" people I have met. None have come close, especially the local celebreties who could learn a lesson from him.
It was sad to see him pass away, however he kept singing and recording, and his last record, just before he died, American V is a beautiful work. I know he was in a wheelchair and basically blind at the time.
I know the death of his soulmate June, a couple of months before that recording, left a huge hole in his heart and he couldnt wait to catch up to her. He did, only a couple of months later.
Vale, John Cash. R.I.P.
Mick"I thank god for all the freedoms we`ve got in this country, I cherish them....even the right to burn the flag... you know, Im proud of those rights. But Ill tell you what, we`ve also got a right to bear arms and if you burn my flag, Ill shoot you".
Johnny Cash 1990