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Thread #90789   Message #1727070
Posted By: Cruiser
25-Apr-06 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Mr. Cash was not a worthy icon or idol or someone to aspire to be or admire given his drug use. We are all flawed, but it is how we deal with our faults that is worthy of admiration. How fickle humans are that a person falls in the idolatry category soon after an often fictitious movie is made about someone like Cash.

Even though I strongly disliked his persona the world is richer for some of his music, especially the earlier songs. The best Cash song is 'Flesh and Blood'. The simple lyrics reveal depths of feeling for life, love, and nature melded together in phrases that could not have been expressed more succinctly in a song. That one song made him worthwhile as a musician.

An extremely flawed individual who contributed to the world of music and became an enduring symbol? Yes. Someone who was a good role model? No, and definitely not an icon in the sense of someone worthy of emulation.

My thoughts would also apply to many other famous musicians considered idols. Perhaps their musical contributions could not have been possible without their drug abuse or flawed character. As such, in the balance, we are still enriched by their music if not by their character.