I’m a pretty big fan of the man in black. Over the years Johnny Cash has come to represent not only the finest in songwriting but also the realities and aspirations of the average person. He had his highs (in all senses of the word) and his lows but ultimately he survived and aged gracefully.
He also produced some of the most powerful work in the last few years of his life. The American series, produced by Rick Rubin, sees him at his finest.
Today I came across The Johnny Cash Project which is producing a new Johnny Cash video. But rather than simply mash together some file footage, the project has turned it into a collaborative venture. Fans can draw and contribute frames for the final video using the tools on the site. The drawings already in the video make for a unique process and result.
Drawing and submitting a frame for the video doesn’t end there, however. Each frame can also be viewed individually with details on the artist, the time they took to produce it and even how many brush strokes they used.
And … while I’m on the subject of Johnny Cash, one the cover versions he produced was of The Mercy Seat, originally recorded by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Among his best, along with his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt.