Johnny Cash’s Saving Art

Johnny Cash: What’s wrong with the way I sing it?

Sam Phillips: I don’t believe you.

JC: You saying I don’t believe in God?

SP: You know exactly what I’m telling you.

See, we’ve already heard that song a hundred times just like that, just like how you sang it. All right, let’s bring it home. If you was hit by a truck you were lying out in that gutter dying and you had time to sing one song, just one song, people would remember before you’re dirt, one song that would let God know what you felt about your time here on earth, one song that would sum you up, you telling me that’s the song you’d sing? Something real something you felt? That’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people.

-Quote from Walk the Line

Hope in Dante’s Inferno

The Guide and I into that hidden road
Now entered, to return to the bright world;
And without care of having any rest
We mounted up, he first and I the second,
Till I beheld through a round aperture
Some of the beauteous things that Heaven doth bear;
Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.

This quote is from Dante’s Inferno, Canto XXXIV, which was published in 1314. In this book, the Guide is the Roman poet Virgil, but I like to think of the Guide as the Holy Spirit.