Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Once every now and then - not often enough - I stumble across a song which, in turn, steals my breath. When this happens, I want to freeze that moment of hearing it for the first time.

Last week, I was driving along a road which passes through the Verdugo Mountains. It was late afternoon, and golden sunlight was bursting into the car. The girls in the back were - for once - silent, worn out from a group play date. The radio was on and as the next song began, I recognised Johnny Cash's voice. The music was melodic; his voice was haunting.

As I followed the road's gentle bends, I absorbed the song. I didn't want it to end... and as soon as we got home, I hit up the internet to see what song it was.

Somehow, this song had escaped my radar when it was released - but being in my selfish mid-twenties at the time, I didn't have such an appreciation for Johnny Cash.

I sure as hell do now, though, and I present to you, Hurt.

If anyone could do justice to a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song, he was the man.


  1. I know, right? This song? This man!

    Are you a JC fan normally? I confess I only became one after Reese won the Oscar for playing June but I don't think it matters how you get there, as long as you get there.

    Love those music moments. Add it to your collection, lady. Forever destined to fill the song with so much more... God, I love that.

    1. I can't remember when I saw it but I became a fan after I saw "Johnny Cash in San Quentin", and how the inmates appreciated his music. Having said that, I don't actually own any of his music - but I will always stop and have time for a song of his when I hear it.