Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wrong About Cash

While in Minnesota, Steve and I enjoyed the penultimate episode of Stargate: Atlantis. This show has been on the air for five seasons and I have completely enjoyed it from the first episode I watched through today. I'm very saddened the show will no longer have a place on my TiVo Season Pass list. This particular episode of the show was set in a parallel universe where the main hero of our story was not in the Pegasus galaxy, but rather a detective in Las Vegas. The whole show took place in the alternate reality, and in the end of the show, our hero, John Sheppard, dies a heroic parallel universe death while a song that is fast becoming my current favorite song plays in the foreground. This song is called "Solitary Man" and was originally written and performed by Neil Diamond and seized and made way more ass-kicking by Johnny Cash in 2000 for his American Recordings album. Wikipedia tells me that some other people have also done covers of this song, but I don't care much about them at the moment.

For no particular reason, I have always been fairly anti-Johnny Cash. Some of his tracks that I'll catch here and there I don't mind, but I always made it a pointless goal of mine to resist appreciating the music. For as long as I have dated Maureen, she has been a pretty big fan - but I think she was just jumping on the Johnny Cash bandwagon so popular with girls when they are in their mid-teens. He's like Brittany Spears or the Pussycat Dolls, only older, a man, much more stripped down, depressing, slightly crazy, and dead. Anyway, thanks to Stargate: Atlantis and their musical choices, I have had the opportunity to fall in love again, for the first time, with Johnny Cash's "Solitary Man". It may be a minor actual event, but this is one of those rare instances in life where it makes me think about what other things I could be wrong about and what else I am missing out on...Thanks to Ken'sTube, here's his haunting version of the song.

If you were not already aware, I am about the biggest dork that you will ever come across.

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