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Thread #93966   Message #1814552
Posted By: Goose Gander
20-Aug-06 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
"Their lives must have been quintessentially Hobbesian."

I take this to mean 'nasty, brutish and short'. This is not necessarily so and certainly not the reason for the popularity of other-wordly themes in Sacred Harp music. Unless of course you would identify any religious sentiment as evidence of misery on earth. Back to Johnny Cash, I doubt that his death-related material indicates any excessive morbidity among his fans, either.