Christmas with Johnny Cash, 2003
This was some beautiful songs with Johnny Cash’s baritone voice. The only problems is his is backed by a women’s chorus, and at time they take the melody. It doesn’t work as well. A very special presentation is “The Christmas Guest.” This is a retelling of “The Shoe Maker” as he waits for the Lord to visit him. He provides service to those in need, and later discovers they represented Christ. This is a story told by Johnny Cash with musical background. Cash’s voice has a very special quality to tell a story. “The Gifts they gave” talks of the gifts given by the animals in the manger, who gave their hay and their place of comfort for the new-born babe. “Merry Christmas Mary” is a thank you song to Mary the mother of Baby Jesus. “Silent Night” was so special I couldn’t help myself from singing along, and then singing it over trying to imitate Cash’s voice.