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A life well lived

Johnny Cash is one of the most beloved music artists of all time.  His songs cut through the noise and get our toes tapping almost instantly.  I ended up painting two portraits of the man in black this week.  The first was of a younger Johnny, on the ascendency of a career that would span over 50 years and include sales of over 90 million records.  The second was an iconic moment of reflection near the end of his life.


The younger portrait inspired thoughts of songs like "Ring of Fire", "Man in Black" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down".  The older one took people to the song that closed out his career, a song that is seared into our memories: "Hurt".

Johnny had a long and tumultuous life.  He lived life large and had lots of things on his mind as he faced his mortality.  At least that's what the words of "Hurt" would suggest.

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real

The needle tea…

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