Oscar-nominated films and countless recordings have been created to honor country great Johnny Cash, but this will be the first time he travels the world forever.
On Wedneday, the United States Postal Service unveiled a Forever stamp honoring him in their Music Icons series.
His daughter, Rosanne Cash, saysthe idea of her father’s face adorning letters around the world is an exciting honor.
“It would be so special to him,” she says. “He’s now going to be touring the planet forever. … And that’s what he loved, he loved touring.”
She adds, “It’s the ultimate American honor, in a way.”
Although the stamp was a nod to letters, Cash is active on a new communication tool: Twitter, where she interacts with other musicians and even someone, she says, who taught her to knit.
Her father, who never had an email account, would not be tweeting, she says.
“He was such a reflective person, and he enjoyed solitude a lot,” she says. “He had to interact with so many people in his daily life that when he got a chance to have solitude, he’s not the kind of guy who would have gone on Twitter and wasted the solitude.”
Cash has a new album coming out in January about the South and her relationship with the region, partially inspired by Arkansas State University restoring her father’s boyhood home.
“My heart started to swell,” she says.
The region, she says, is “really the bed of where this music came from. The connection to that music is so profound to me.”
Her last record, “Black Cadillac,” was a “totally different mindset,” she says.
“It was such a painful process, painful and liberating,” she says. “This had the richness of going that deep into the past and the future … and it didn’t have the heaviness of heart that ‘Black Cadillac’ had.”
She adds, “There’s something very celebratory about it, even though some of the songs are very dark.”
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