The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98261 Message #2017360
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
05-Apr-07 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: More Kytrad on youtube
Subject: RE: More Kytrad on youtube
The Johnny Cash/Too Many Shadows Story: At the Newport Folk Festival one year, Johnny said to me backstage, "Jean, are you gonna write me a song?" Sure, Johnny!" I replied. Over the next month or two I would think about that, and after awhile I had son Jon write the music onto paper, I set down the words and sent it to Johhny C. I saw him a few weekslater at some friend's Record-Coming-Out party in a little NYC restaurant, and asked him if he liked the song. He said it was a fine song but didn't fit into his theme for this particular record. After a year went by I figured he wasn't ever going to do that song, so I recorded it myself. Son Peter accompanied with guitar, and singing on choruses- got the low note for me (Bright sunshine gladdened all our WAYS). I liked singing the song, and so still do it sometimes, when I have someone around to sing the low note!
Thank you folks for all your good words. I sniff a Conspiracy somewhere... Jean