The Johnny Cash Project- How Social Media Brings People Together

English: Photo of a parking structure after th...

English: Photo of a parking structure after the 1994 Northridge earthquake by courtesy of Roger Di Julio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are three things that I will always remember about my first job:

  1. One of the owners asked me if I understood what it meant to be insubordinate and I asked him if he needed help spelling it.
  2. The day after the Northridge earthquake. When I walked into my office I saw that a giant piece of glass “sitting” on top of my desk and across my chair. Had I been in the office that piece might have helped to prove whether there are rocks inside my head or not.
  3. The debate I had with the same owner who told me that computers would have very limited use in an office and that most people would never use them.

A thousand years later I have long since left the company and my former employer is no longer walking among us so I’ll never be able to tell him that I was sorry for being an obnoxious twenty-something and that I was right about computers.

Hmm…that last sentence sort of turns that apology into a pseudo-apology. Rats. Might have to try that again, but not until after I share one of the coolest stories of collaboration I have come across in a long time.

It is called The Johnny Cash Project and it is described as a  “global collective art project” and it is one in which almost anyone can participate. Essentially it is a chance to be a part of a music video that is being made of Johny Cash’s last studio recording, ‘Ain’t No Grave.’

All you need to do is draw your own portrait of Johnny based upon one of the images that The Johnny Cash Project provides. Since I am a big Johnny Cash fan this is something that catches my eye for more than one reason.

Take a look at the video below and enjoy:

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  1. Yvonne Salvatierra September 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I wish I was a fan of Johnny Cash. Alas, I am not. I do think the project is rather cool!

    • Josh October 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Hi Yvonne,

      Johnny has a pretty large catalog of music to choose from. You might be surprised to find a few songs that make you feel like smiling.

      Anyhoo, I love the project. Wish I would have come up with this idea myself.

  2. Tim Bonner September 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hey Josh

    Sounds like you’re lucky to be alive after that earthquake! I’m glad we don’t get too many of them in the UK.

    I don’t know Johnny Cash’s music so well but the video was certainly interesting.

    My wife despairs at my drawing (she is an Art teacher) so I think I will pass on this one!

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Ralph September 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Josh, that is the coolest thing I have seem in some time and it’s 2 years old. I submitted a drawing so we will see if it makes it into the sequence. You do not need to know how to draw. Just go for it.

    Thanks for the discovery. Love me the JC. I love is rendition of Rusty Cage. Simply, it f**king rocks.

    • Josh September 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Ralph,

      I am glad you like it. I keep watching and smiling because it is just awesome. Let me know if your drawing is accepted. I think I probably will try it out.

      Johnny is one of my favorites. Raw power and storytelling in his music, every time I watch him cover ‘Hurt’ I am touched.

  4. Jens P. Berget September 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Hey Josh,

    I’ve never experienced an earth quake, not even a minor one. There aren’t any in Norway, at least not that we can feel (or see). I’m not sure how I’d feel if I had seen what you’ve seen inside your office, I might have thought that there’s a reason why someone wanted to keep you alive – you’re destined for greatness 🙂

    It’s the first time I’ve heard of the Johnny Cash Project. It looks awesome, too bad I’m terrible at drawing 🙂

    • Josh September 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Jens,

      I can’t draw very well either, but I love the idea. Johnny Cash is one of my favorite musicians so it would be cool to be a part of this.

      Earthquakes aren’t too bad, at least most of them aren’t. It sort of feels like a big truck has just driven by. However the Northridge quake was a different sort of animal, that was a bit tougher.

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