Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Man in Black

Occasionally a movie comes around that I promise myself to see, regardless of reviews. I try not to even look at the reviews, in case they're bad. Walk the Line, the new Johnny Cash biopic, was one of these movies.

This morning I couldn't resist peeking at to get an overview of the critics' reception. Walk the Line has an 81% rating, which means it's good. Very good.

Anyone who knows me well, or even has passed me on the street once or twice, knows that I hhhaaaate country/western music. Actually, it's only C/W in its slicked-up, botoxed, jingoistic contemporary manifestation that I hate. You know, the men and women whose butts have never graced a saddle, whose clothes and teeth are oh-so-shiny, and who claim that President Bush has a place in Heaven reserved right next to Jay-sus and anyone who says different should be strung up like one of them peen-yatas.

My grandmother used to say, "That Johnny Cash can leave his shoes under my bed any day." (When I was a kid, I thought that meant that he could stay over at her house, as I often did, so they could both fall asleep watching Perry Mason.) As I grew older, I pretty much forgot all about him (Cash, not Mason--okay, I forgot about him, too). A 2003 family trip to Memphis awakened my dormant fascination with all those country and blues legends that formed the infant rock 'n' roll--Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and of course, Elvis Presley.

I think "Walk the Line" is one of the most romantic songs ever written. It reminds me of myself and how, um, flighty--yeah, that's the word--I used to be before my sweetie came along and discovered a well of devotion I didn't even know I had.

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right.

Everybody together now: Awwwww.....

Yeah, shut up. Anyway, I'll let you know how the movie is.

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Don't forget Waylom Jennings, his wife Jessie Coulter, Willie Nelson when he doesn't make songs that sound like he's only trying to pay back the IRS (see "Always on My Mind"), and the late, great Patsy Cline and Hank Williams, Sr. that isOh, and the AWWWWWW moments of this post are wonderful.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/18/2005 10:25 AM

Saw the movie. Thought it was terrific. And the music is excellent, and even more so because it's in the context of the time and the singer.

Posted by: Blogger Ray Rhamey, Flogging the Quill at 11/30/2005 4:51 PM

Glad to hear it, Ray. I hope I get to see it while it's still in the theaters. Should've gone that first weekend, but got behind on revisions. Must get life back.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/01/2005 6:27 AM

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