Twenty-one weeks and counting! I love these Paladin Playlists, partially because I get to be lazy and have a topic ready to go, but also because I get to look at how long I've been doing this. I'm proud of myself for managing to get these out every day since I started this blog. Each post has been a step closer to publishing my novel and this is like a reminder of those steps.
So, let's get down to business. Today we're looking at Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt. Now, Johnny Cash took this song and made it his own, so much so that the original artist actually conceded that this wasn't his song anymore. There's a passion and a honesty to the song coming from that voice that just permeates me as a listener.
Johnny Cash was a religious man, especially near the end of his life. When this song came out, it seemed like a man reflecting on the poor choices of his life, his regret and his sorrow. That passion, which I'm sure was intended in the original, was so poignant and real in his cover. It's perfect for any writer's playlist. What writer doesn't have a character filled with regret, with sorrow for a life lived poorly and wrongly? For those they disappointed and those they hurt? It's reflective. It's engrossing. I can listen to it on loop, though... I will admit, when I'm done, I think I need to listen to Girl From Ipanema or Die Young.
So, enjoy Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.