10 Years Gone

It's hard to believe, but today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of a musical giant ... Johnny Cash.

Seemingly born at the crossroads of heaven and hell, Johnny struggled with a dichotomous personality his entire life. Kris Kristofferson described Cash as a "walking contradiction ... partly truth and partly fiction," and Cash, himself, didn't shy away from his yin and yang existence.

"Sometimes I am two people," Cash said. "Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight."

This internal battle was illustrated in Cash's very personal song, "The Beast in Me":

The duality of his personality was evident in two significant aspects of his life and legend. He was clearly a man of faith, but he battled demons, especially booze and pills. It's often cited that he spent time in prison, when in actuality, the only time he spent in jail, outside of his epic concerts at Folsom and San Quentin, was a night in the Starkville, Mississippi slam for, he says, pickin' flowers.

However, one constant remains when it comes to Johnny Cash. Whether Johnny was in the praying mood or Cash was raising hell, he made incredible, timeless music during his time on earth, and we're all the better for it.

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