Today’s all about the passion of the South
Johnny Cash, Dr. John, and King Elvis Presley.
There’s something about their music that’s just so much more powerful than other music in a beautiful way. That’s not to say that other music isn’t powerful, this is just slightly more intimate and free. I really understand why Elvis made women faint, I’m listening to a live recording of him from his earlier years and it’s so sexy, “I’m caught in a trap, I can’t walk out, because I love you too much, baby”. It sounds like he’s singing it toyou, you’re the only person he’ll ever see, in the way that some men use their eyes, he uses his voice.
The end of this song is like a long awaited orgasm for him, he breathlessly sings the last chorus, pants into the mic and thanks his audience. Then a girl shrieks in the background. In his more lighthearted songs his voice is still mesmerizing, it’s amazing. He seranades everyone who listens to him personally.
Dr. John makes you feel like you’re in Louisiana, surrounded by swamp and warmth, with a cold whiskey lemonade. His voice is gruff but soothing, he’s a man bred in civilized wilderness. His voice has a power that resonates in all people who know the beauty in the crueler parts of our homes. But his music is also a celebration of the colourful place he calls home. His jazzed up version of Iko Iko, a traditional song that I think a majority of American’s know, makes you long for Mardi Gras and the smell of Southern spice and incense.
But Johnny Cash. He’s the type of man I want to marry. A hard seasoned man, but who isn’t afraid of his heart. His voice is so deep and booming I can feel it when I listen to his live recordings. Unlike Elvis, who is legitimately the King, Johnny Cash stays simple and clean, he rhymes and has simple melodies and key changes. But it’s all in the execution; he executes everything so perfectly that you can really see his prowess. He is humble, but powerful.