Happy Birthday to the Man In Black.
NSFW - unless you don't mind a good ol' Friday afternoon sob.
And what better tribute than to remember the final project this country music bad boy was ever a part of, covering Trent Reznor's brilliant "Hurt". And the video to mark the legend's everlasting presence in our heart.
The director of the video Mark Romenek had to really beg borrow and steal to convince all involved to do the video in 2003 “I wanted to do two things,” he said. “I wanted to celebrate this legend and his achievements but also be very candid about what Johnny’s life is like right now.” (He was dying of a nervous-system disease, autonomic neuropathy, which caused breathing issues among others).
In this cover you really hear the words coming straight from Mr. Cash's soul as if it was written for a dying music legend to sing.
When Trent was approached to get approval for Cash to cover his song at first he was “flattered”, but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky” - ironically it turned out to be anything but. More like powerful. Then once it was done and the video was made he and Zack De La Rocha, who were together at the time, watched it and cried.
June would die three months after filming, her husband, seven.
Thank you Mr. Cash for always pushing and blazing your own trail.